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Report | August 5
|Crystal Palace||0 - 2||Arsenal|
|Marc Guéhi 85 [OG]|
Martinelli put Arsenal 1-0 up in the 20th minute. In the 85th minute, Marc Guéhi inadvertently netted a dreaded own goal, and there was nothing between the teams for the remainder.
Bukayo Saka continually probed down the flank, getting 6 crosses into the box. For Palace, Jordan Ayew seemed off the pace defensively, committing 4 fouls in a frustrating game. On a positive note for the Eagles, they had a clear advantage in the passing game, racking up 560 completed passes to the Gunners' 436.
Palace will look to bounce back next match. Meanwhile, Arsenal begin their season with a win.
|1 goal scored||Assisted 1 goal|
|Took 2 shots (2nd on their team)||Had 1 shot on target (1st in the game)|
Next up, there's no let up for Palace as they’re faced with the prospect of a high-flying Liverpool side on Monday, August 15th. While Arsenal take on Leicester at the Emirates on Saturday, August 13th. Can the Eagles improve and pick up points? Will the Gunners find another win?
Nickname: The Eagles
Stadium: Selhurst Park (Capacity 25,456)
Manager: Patrick Viera (FRA)
Last Season: 12th
|Cheick Doucouré (Lens) €21.3m||Conor Gallagher (Chelsea) End of loan|
|Sam Johnstone (West Brom) Free||Jaroslaw Jach (Zagleibe Lubin) Free|
The Eagles forward remains Crystal Palace’s talisman and main goal threat. He notched 14 goals in the Premier League last season, and has the pace and trickery to terrorise any full-back. Expect more of the same from Palace’s main man.
Predicted Formation: 4-3-3
The rigid, tight 4-4-2 that characterised Roy Hodgson’s era at Palace is long gone. Under Patrick Viera, the Eagles go for the throat. Palace’s midfield press their opponents hard from the get-go, aiming to win the ball as high up the pitch as possible to get it to a much more industrious front three. They’ve modernised defensively too; thanks to a strong centre-back partnership between Anderson and Guehi, Palace place a much greater emphasis on ball retention, playing out from the back and progressive build-up rather than lumping it long to a lone Zaha.
|Arsenal (H)||Palace put a huge dent in Arsenal’s push for top four last season, beating them 3-0 at Selhurst Park. Will they embarrass Arteta’s men again?|
|Liverpool (A)||Jurgen Klopp’s monstrous Liverpool took six points from Palace last season. They’ll do well to get anything from this game.|
|Aston Villa (H)||Palace’s tough start gets a little easier as they face Aston Villa, a team they’ve played 49 times (13 wins, 15 draws, 21 losses).|
|Man City (A)||Palace were one of the very few teams who troubled Pep’s near perfect Man City last season, getting a draw and a win against the Citizens.|
|Brentford (H)||Hopefully this London derby can provide more entertainment than the two goalless draws between these sides from last season.|
There’s no doubt that Crystal Palace are a much more enjoyable watch under Patrick Viera, and they seem to be revelling in their new-found play style. Viera guided them to an FA Cup semi-final and a 12th place finish in his first full season, a good improvement on the 14th they last achieved under Roy Hodgson. Losing the tireless Conor Gallagher in midfield will be a big blow, however, they’ll hope that new signing Cheick Doucouré can replace the energy that was so emblematic of Viera’s first season at the helm.
Will Palace’s lack of activity in the transfer market be their downfall this season?
(odds correct as of July 22, 2022 and subject to change)
Did you know? Crystal Palace are the only club to have been relegated from the Premier League after finishing 16th. This happened at the end of the 1994-95 season to accommodate the Premier League being reduced from 22 teams to 20 for the upcoming 1995-96 season.
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