The Eagles have made the worst start in the history of the Premier League. Our fellow London rivals have made a genuinely disastrous start to their season, they’ve failed to score a single league goal. In addition to their goal-scoring inadequacies, they’ve been particularly weak with their defending. In seven league games, they’ve already conceded a staggering total of 17 goals. Thus, they flaunt a wretched goal difference of -17. During this time, they displayed the temerity – and frankly blind arrogance – to sack Frank De Boer who had the nigh-on impossible task of altering Palace’s stylistic identity – one that was moulded by the traditional influences of Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce.
Indeed, the appointment of Roy Hodgson has scarcely affected fortunes at Palace, yet we shouldn’t disregard them entirely ahead of this forthcoming game. While they’re experiencing a pitiful period of form, they have demonstrated sufficient capacity to create meaningful goal-scoring opportunities – their application is the missing component. Additionally, the return of their best player buoys Palace supporters. Wilfried Zaha has returned to full-fitness, and he will enhance the quality of the Eagles’ attack.
Best player: Wilfried Zaha
As previously mentioned, the Ivorian is irrefutably Palace’s best player. The 24-year-old had an exceedingly fruitful season for the Eagles last year, and his endeavours were partly responsible for securing survival for the Eagles. Manchester United’s former starlet scored seven goals and registered nine assists in the Premier League last season, and he’s endowed with considerable skill and creativity. We must be wary of the threat that he exhibits!