2013/14 Premier League Season Preview – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace will be looking to scrape survival, though with proper investment this team could be this year’s surprise package. With a midfield boasting Jonathan Williams, Jonathan Parr and Yannick Bolasie, the potential is there for the midfield to grow in to the pace and technical ability needed for the Premier League. Upfront, the Eagles will have to go without last season’s top scorer Glenn Murray until Christmas, leaving veteran Kevin Phillips, Arsenal flop Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle, who was playing non-league football 18 months ago, to shoulder the goal scoring mantle. The worry for Palace is going to be a lack of Premier League experience and a potentially leaky defence.

Key Player: Glenn Murray. Having been the only Palace player to score double figures last season, with 30 goals, his untimely injury picked up in the play-offs last season will hit Palace hard. He looks set to return at Christmas, but by then Palace may be too far adrift even for Murray to fire them out of trouble.

One to Watch: Jonathan Williams. Dubbed the ‘Welsh Iniesta’ by fans, Jonny Williams was one of the best talents outside the Premier League last year. Having won the Eagle’s Young Player of the Year last season, Williams will look to flourish in the Premier League, as he will get more time on the ball and play against better opposition.

Prediction: 19th

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