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Three things Crystal Palace fans learnt from pre-season victory over Toulouse

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Three things Crystal Palace fans learnt from pre-season victory over Toulouse

The Eagles rounded off an unbeaten pre-season with victory over the Ligue 1 outfit.

On Saturday, Crystal Palace dispatched Ligue 1 side Toulouse 4-1 in their last friendly match before their Premier League opener against Fulham.

Here are three things we learned from the match that completed the Eagles’ unbeaten preseason.

Wilfried Zaha is here to stay, and he’s here to score goals

Despite all the hysterical headlines from the sensationalist tabloid press, Wilfried Zaha will stay at Selhurst Park this transfer window. And he is there to score goals like never before.

After ending last season in red-hot fashion, with five goals and two assists in his last seven matches, Zaha has continued his good form in pre-season.

He netted again on Saturday against Toulouse, adding to his strike against Oxford and his brace against Reading.

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Luka Milivojevic is still one of the best penalty takers in the business

The Serbian midfielder slotted home a penalty in the home victory over the French side, yet another one of his coolly composed finishes from twelve yards.

Since joining Palace in January 2017, Milivojevic has scored a remarkable nine penalties, missing just once in a match against Manchester City last season.

An incredibly valuable goalscoring asset, the 27-year-old possesses a cool head when it matters most and will continue to stroke home spot-kicks for the south Londoners this campaign.

Christian Benteke is determined to put last season’s struggles behind him

The Belgian striker endured a torrid 2017/18 season, scoring just three times in 31 league appearances.

It was a frustrating spell for the former Liverpool man, and Benteke’s confidence surely took a large hit over the course of the season.

However, Benteke scored a well-taken set-piece header against Toulouse, doubling his pre-season tally after his goal versus Halmstads in mid-July.

Palace supporters will be hoping these are signs of a striker who is ready to lead the line for the Eagles and put his previous struggles behind him.

Max Cohen

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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