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Crystal Palace Team Guide: Late additions can lift Palace into top 10

| 10.08.2014

Team Name:�Crystal Palace

Manager:�Tony Pulis

Last Season: 11th

Who they�ve signed so far:�Chris Kettings (Blackpool, Free), Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City, �1m), Brede Hangeland (Fulham, Free).

Out of the exit door:�Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City, Free), Danny Gabbidon (Released), Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers, Free), Jonathan Parr (Ipswich, Free), Jose Campana (Sampdoria, Undisclosed), Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City, Free).

Star Man:�Mile Jedinak


The Aussie midfielder continued his excellent form of last season at the World Cup for the Socceroos and returns to Selhurst Park as the club�s first ever World Cup scorer.

With his no nonsense approach and exceptionally high work rate the 30-year-old was made to play football under Tony Pulis and will once again need to drive his team forward this year.

The Eagles skipper was at the heartbeat of�all�that was good from Pulis� side last term and he will once again be vital to the team�s chances of staying in the league and even improving upon their 11th�place finish.

Under the Radar:�Jerome Williams


A graduate of the Palace academy, Williams could get his chance to make an impact at first-team level with Pulis looking for options to fill the left-back berth.

Last season the naturally right-sided Joel Ward was used on the left but with Dean Moxey and Jonathan Parr leaving Selhurst Park,�Williams could be called�upon�more often.

The England under-19 international has featured regularly for the Eagles in pre-season and linked up very well with Yannick Bolasie in the 2-2 draw with Colombus Crew.

The 19-year-old loves to get forward at every opportunity and with some game time�this could be his breakthrough year!

Team Liability:�Damien Delaney

Another harsh choice perhaps in these series of Premier League team guides but Damien�Delaney�has the propensity to be brilliant one week but awful the next.

And with Pulis strengthening his central defensive options by signing Brede Hangeland from Norway,�Delaney, who put in a poor performance in Palace�s 3-2 pre-season defeat to Brentford, could be the one who attracts criticism from the stands.

Title Odds:�5,000/1

Best Bet:�To finish in the Top 10 @ 4/1

Our Verdict:

Will it be a case of second season syndrome for Crystal Palace and Tony Pulis? The Selhurst�Park�faithful will be hoping the club can build on last season�s effort and keep the squad together.

Pulis loves a late transfer deal and if he can work some of his magic before the transfer deadline then the Eagles could well sneak into the Premier League�s top 10. First things first though, get enough points on the board to survive!

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Oliver Yew