Crystal Palace welcome Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town during the opening weekend of the new season. There has been a lot of change at Selhurst Park over the summer, as Frank de Boer has taken over as manager after Sam Allardyce resigned. They will look to play a more possession-based style, which should be good to watch. It will be an interesting match-up this weekend, as the Terriers are known for their exciting brand of football and they will be buoyant ahead of the game in South London.
At times last season, it looked like Palace would be struggling to stay in the division and they won’t want a repeat of that this time around. The signing of Jairo Riedewald is an exciting one and he is a player that will be able to adjust quickly to the new style at Selhurst Park, as he played under De Boer at Ajax. The Eagles have also brought in Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan deals. They have a good squad and they will have ambitions of pushing into the top ten this season.
The Terriers are already being written off as relegation fodder this season, but those that have followed their progress under David Wagner will know they will be a difficult team to beat this season. They managed to get promoted against the odds and they won’t mind being given the underdog tag again this season. There were doubts about their squad, but they have spent a lot of money this summer and will give this challenge everything they’ve got.
The home side had a mixed pre-season as the players slowly adjusted to the new style that De Boer has brought to South London. They managed to beat West Brom in the Asia Trophy, which will give them confidence ahead of the new campaign. There were positives to take into the new season, but there are still a lot of unknowns about this Palace team.
Huddersfield played a lot of games during pre-season as Wagner tried to get his squad as prepared as possible for the upcoming challenge. They competed well with the likes of Udinese, Stuttgart and Torino, but they didn’t beat any of them. Although pre-season results don’t matter, this will be a slight concern for supporters.
Palace have a number of injury concerns, as Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur, Bakary Sako, Connor Wickham and Pape Souare will all be unavailable.
Huddersfield will be boosted by the availability of Tommy Smith, as the club captain looks to have recovered from a foot injury. However, Jonathan Hogg and Nahki Wells will miss out with ankle problems.
Crystal Palace 2-2 Huddersfield Town
This is going to be one of the most exciting matches of the weekend, as both teams will try to play attractive football and it will be interesting to see if either come out on top. There could be goals in this one, as Huddersfield have conceded a lot during pre-season and Palace won’t have got to grips with their new system yet. A draw seems to be the most likely result and that will represent a good start for both clubs.