It’s here, the new season has officially kicked off with the announcement of the 2019/20 fixture list.
It’s now the time for each respective club to analyse their opening and closing day fixtures, periods of difficulty and – of course – when the rival teams are coming to town. So, we’ve been looking at which games should worry teams throughout the campaign and our latest instalment of that leads us down to Selhurst Park.
Indeed, Crystal Palace experienced an up and down season last time out, but ultimately finished a respectable 12th. After a period of consolidation in the Premier League, it’s surely got to be time to kick on. Breaking into the top ten on a consistent basis has to be the aim.
So then, let’s have a look at some fixtures that will already get the blood pumping.
Brighton vs Palace
Up first we have one of the more bizarre derbies in the Premier League, with Brighton set to host Crystal Palace. It’s certainly one that both sets of fans look out for at the start of the season and this one takes place on the 29th of February. A real winter warmer.
It’s one that Palace will look forward to, but with caution. They lost both Premier League games last season, a painful one indeed. In fact, they have now lost three of the last four encounters in all competitions. This must be a particularly damaging stat, given that Brighton finished 17th last season!
The fixture comes just weeks before a tricky spell of fixtures against Watford, Bournemouth and Liverpool. As a result, it may go down as a must-win game, and it’s already raising the excitement.
Arsenal vs Palace
Here we have perhaps an unexpected fixture to feature on the list of dreaded games. However, it comes in the middle of a rather horrific looking run of fixtures. Between October and November, Palace will play West Ham away, before playing Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool consecutively. It’s a brutal set of fixtures to say the least.
Everyone loves a London derby, but runs of this sort can dismantle a season. Palace will enter each game as underdogs and failing to win a single game could be nothing short of disastrous. Historically, it’s not a fixture that would fill Palace fans with much hope – just the five wins from 45 for Palace in their history. However, a tremendous 3-2 win at the Emirates last season will certainly provide some fuel to the fire.
Palace fans, which fixtures are you looking forward to? How important are the games mentioned above? Comment below.