Crystal Palace will get preparation for their second season of Patrick Vieira’s stewardship underway when they host Accrington Stanley on Saturday at 1pm (UK time).
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Crystal Palace will be streaming this behind-closed-doors friendly on Palace TV+.
There was uncertainly over how the Frenchman would fare at Selhurst Park after his underwhelming spells in charge of New York City FC and Nice, but Vieira had the Eagles soaring. Only five teams lost fewer games in the Premier League last season than Crystal Palace, and four of those finished in the top four while the Eagles were in 12th. The only thing counting against Palace was their inability to convert one point into three, with a joint-league-high 15 draws in the Premier League last season.
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With this being Crystal Palace’s first pre-season outing, before their Asian tour to Singapore and Australia, the Eagles are undoubtedly set to rotate for the game – seeing as many players as possible.
Some first-team stars including likes of Will Hughes, James Tomkins, Odsonne Edouard, Christian Benteke, Eberechi Eze and Nathaniel Clyne have all been pictured in pre-season training, joined by a handful of academy players who will surely get a run out while some of Crystal Palace’s internationals are still on holiday following the late break.
After taking on Accrington, Crystal Palace will welcome Millwall to their training ground in Beckenham before embarking on their trip Asia with a Premier League triple-header against Liverpool, Manchester United and Leeds.
Crystal Palace then open the Premier League campaign at home to Arsenal on Friday 5th August, with the Eagles taking four points from Vieira’s former club last season including a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park.
Scoreline prediction: Crystal Palace 3-1 Accrington Stanley
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