Scouting report: Crystal Palace

Our focus switches back to the Premier League following the international break, with a weekend trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace next up for Antonio Conte's side...

MANAGER

Roy Hodgson. The former England boss was announced as Palace’s new manager, replacing Frank De Boer who was sacked just five games into the new campaign. Hodgson hasn’t been able to turnaround the Eagles’ fortunes just yet though, losing both his games in charge, away to Manchester City and Manchester United. To his credit though, he is vastly experienced and has managed in the Premier League with success at Liverpool, Fulham and West Brom before taking the England Head Coach role. 

KEY PLAYER

Wilfried Zaha. The pacey winger rose through the academy ranks and into the first-team at Selhurst Park, helping the club earn promotion to the Premier League in 2013 before joining Manchester United. He rejoined Palace permanently in 2015 and has been a mainstay in the side ever since and catching the eyes with his direct running and trickery on the wing. Despite representing England at youth level and in senior friendlies, Zaha switched his international allegiances and is now capped by the Ivory Coast. Has returned to full training following a lengthy injury and could feature against us this weekend.  

RECENT FORM

Palace have made a poor start to the season and currently sit bottom of the Premier League, having lost all seven league games so far and are yet to register a goal. They did defeat Ipswich Town and Huddersfield at home in the Carabao Cup though, to set up a clash with Bristol City in the next round. Since Hodgson arrived as manager, they have suffered two away defeats against the two Manchester City clubs and now host us in Hodgson’s first home game in charge. 

ONE TO WATCH

Yohann Cabaye. The French international joined Palace in 2015 from Paris Saint-Germain, after impressing in a previous spell with former Eagles boss Alan Pardew at Newcastle. A consistent performer, the midfielder likes to link play from defence to attack with his range of passing and tends to arrive late in the box and get on the end of crosses. Cabaye is an international teammate of our French midfielder, N’Golo Kante

WORN BOTH BADGES

Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Our midfielder is currently on a season-long loan to Crystal Palace, as he looks to gain valuable Premier League experience. The talented 21 year-old, who has been capped at England U21 level, was part of our side that won the title last season under Antonio Conte. Was allowed to move across London to join up with the Eagles early this season, but won’t be able to feature against us at Selhurst Park due to the terms of his loan agreement. 

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