The Opposition: Crystal Palace

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A horrific final half of Crystal Palace’s league campaign was made somewhat better thanks to their run to the FA Cup Final.

The Eagles ultimately lost that final, despite Alan Pardew’s dad dancing.

Having been pushing for Europe at one stage of the season, Palace were left glancing over their shoulders towards the final stages.

They held on to their Premier League status but Pardew will need to take a dip into the transfer market in the summer.

With a number of average top flight strikers you’d suspect a goalscorer would be top of the shopping list, but they don’t come cheap.

If Palace can complement the quality of their wide men with a central striker who can hit the back of the net then they may well be dreaming of Europe once again.

Memorable match: Stoke 2-1 Crystal Palace. 24 August 2013. Stoke boast just one win from their six Premier League clashes with Palace. They did it the hard way back in 2013 though. Having fallen behind to a Marouane Chamakh goal The Potters turned it around, thanks to Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross. The result gave Mark Hughes his first win as Stoke manager.

2016-17 Fixtures: 17 September (A), 11 February (H).

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