Crystal Palace News

Crystal Palace, more commonly known as Palace, or the Eagles, are a football club based in Selhurst, South London. They play in the English Premier League, the top flight of football within the English Football League pyramid, and they play their home games at Selhurst Park. Selhurst Park Stadium has a capacity of 25,486 spectators, although Crystal Palace rarely fill the stands during their home games. 

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Crystal Palace’s History 

Crystal Palace Football Club was founded in 1861, and is noted as the oldest professional league football team thanks to this date. Initially, the club was founded by the Crystal Palace Company to allow some cricket players to start playing association football.

Palace’s first match in the official English football league was a home match against Plymouth Argyle, ending in a stalemate 0-0. As a club in general, they played their first game in 1862, and took part in the first FA Cup tournaments in the early 1970s.

Crystal Palace FC as we see them today were founded in 1905, and have won a few different leagues and competitions throughout their existence in the EFL.

Who Owns Crystal Palace? 

The majority owner of Crystal Palace Football Club is an English businessman named Steve Parish – he is a co-owner and the chairman of CPFC, sharing ownership with Josh Harris, David Blitzer, and John Textor, the latter of which is the biggest investor aside from Steve Parish himself.

The club is worth just shy of €300 million based on the market value of players and other assets.

Crystal Palace’s Manager 

Crystal Palace’s current manager is former player, Roy Hodgson, who had a 4-year managerial stint with the club between 2017 and 2021, watching over CPFC for 162 games and getting them 54 wins and 38 draws. Over this 4-year job with Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson had little success, but did keep the club afloat until moving on to Watford in 2021.

In March of 2023, Roy Hodgson came out of managerial retirement to become Crystal Palace’s interim manager. At the time of returning, Palace were without a win throughout all of 2023, and had only scored 1 singular goal in their previous 5 fixtures. After joining, he took them from the relegation zone up to 12th via victories over Leeds and Leicester.

Biggest Crystal Palace Transfers

Crystal Palace, being a London club, have made some big money transfers and impactful moves in both the incomings and outgoings of their transfer books. To start, here are some of Crystal Palace’s largest outgoings:

  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United in 2019/20 for €55 million
  • Yannick Bolasie to Everton in 2016/17 for €28.9 million
  • Alexander Sorloth to RB Leipzig in 2020/21 for €20 million
  • Dwight Gayle to Newcastle United in 2016/17 for €12 million
  • Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United in 2012/13 for €11.75 million

Turning our attention to Crystal Palace’s pockets, it is clear to see that they have been consistent with their spends despite never really having an incredible squad or immense depth. As of the 2023/24 season, their squad consists of 25 players, some of which are on this list for inbound record signings:

  • Christian Benteke from Liverpool in 2016/17 for €31.2 million
  • Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool in 2017/18 for €28.2 million
  • Marc Guehi from Chelsea in 2021/22 for €23.34 million
  • Cheick Doucoure from Lens in 2022/23 for €22.6 million
  • Eberechi Eze from QPR in 2020/21 for €17.8 million

Crystal Palace Drama 

As a whole, Crystal Palace have been a very clean club with spendings and other aspects. The main piece of drama surrounding the club came in the 2009/10 season when Neil Warnock managed the club in the Championship. Crystal Palace went into administration, and were docked 10 points during the season, placing them in 21st and just above the relegation zone. They fell from 9th place into a relegation battle, with just a 3-point gap above 22nd and the drop.

Who Plays For Crystal Palace Now? 

Crystal Palace are known for having a loyal squad, with most of the players at the club having been there for at least a few seasons. For some clubs, changing the squad and adding constant depth is a vital piece of the game plan, but for Crystal Palace, sticking with the same players and building on their talents is the key.

Following the news of their main goal scoring outlet, Wilfried Zaha, leaving the club to join Galatasaray, Crystal Palace will be in need of an outright striker. Their current squad outside of this consists of a few vital players. In goal, Sam Johnstone will play another season. Their main defence is built on Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell, Joachim Andersen and Chris Richards. The midfield is very right-wing focused, although players like Cheick Doucoure, Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise and Malcolm Ebiowei fill in the field. Up front, Odsonne Eduard will likely be their main striker, although they could look to bring in a replacement for Zaha before the transfer window closes.

What Have Crystal Palace Won? 

As a club, Crystal Palace FC have won 2 EFL Championships and 1 EFL League One title. Of course, the two EFL Championship victories secured them promotions into the Premier League table. They were most recently promoted in the 2012/13 season, and have remained in the top flight of English Football ever since.

None of the players have won individual awards, although their top goalscorer is Clinton Morrison with 106 goals for the club. The player in 2nd was Wilfried Zaha with 90, but unless he returns to Palace before his retirement, the record remains with Morrison.

Crystal Palace 2023/24 Season Prediction 

Looking at the depth and talent within the Crystal Palace squad, we think a few injuries could seriously put them in jeopardy. If they are not careful and play well this season, they could end up competing as part of the EFL Championship table next season for the first time since 2013.

Balls Out Bet predict that Crystal Palace finish in the lower sections of the table, potentially in a relegation battle towards the end of the season. Their top goalscorer, assuming they do not sign a Zaha replacement, will be either Eze or Edouard. 

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