Crystal Palace were founding members of the Premier League but have been back and forth to the second tier since the top division was incepted in 1992. Promotion back to the EPL was secured in 2013 and while the Eagles have been involved in a few relegation battles since then, fans will hope for an extended stay.
The South London side is a historic club and while success at the top level has eluded them, they are always capable of upsetting the bigger teams with their tough, physical style of play. Like all Premier League sides, they get plenty of coverage from the TV companies and therefore will be the focus of a number of price boosts and enhanced odds promotions along the way.
Crystal Palace FC were originally formed in 1905 and are one of the few teams we’ve previewed that have not changed their name since inception. In those early days, the team played non-league football before eventually joining the Football League in 1920.
Success was soon to follow as Palace became the first winners of the Third Division South as they claimed the title at the end of the 1920/21 campaign. Relegation and promotion followed in equal measures for most of the next 40 years but from the middle of the 1960’s, the club has been a regular feature in the top two divisions of English football.
After a spell in division two, the Eagles were promoted back to the old first division in 1989 and from there they had a very strong team under Steve Coppell. The 1990’s saw Palace develop some strong players and they became members of the first edition of the Premier League in 1992/93. Since then, they have been a yo-yo side, alternating between the top two flights, but fans will hope that they can now build on an unbroken run of seasons among England’s elite.
This is a club where there can be no real debate as to which was the strongest period in their history. The 1990’s under Steve Coppell saw the Eagles start the decade with an appearance in the 1990 FA Cup final and they took Manchester United to a replay before going down 1-0 in the second game.
At the end of the 1990/91 season, Palace recorded their highest ever finish in the top flight with a third place in the old first division and in the same campaign they won a minor competition – the Full Members Cup. Coppell had built a strong side with top class players such as Ian Wright and Nigel Martyn but they wouldn’t remain at the club for long and the sale of Wright to Arsenal was partly behind a subsequent decline. A further FA Cup final appearance in 2016 hinted at potential for the future but the early 90’s was certainly a Golden Age for Crystal Palace.
The following is a summary of Crystal Palace’s recent results in English domestic competitions
|Season||Premier League||FA Cup||League Cup|
|2018/19:||12th||Quarter Finals||4th round|
|2017/18:||11th||Round of 32||4th round|
|2016/17:||14th||4th round||3rd round|
|2015/16:||15th||Beaten Finalists||4th round|
|2014/15:||10th||5th round||3rd round|
Obviously the stand-out stat there is the run to the FA Cup final in 2016 where once again, Palace lost out to Manchester United at the final hurdle. The main aim for the club is mid table finishes and a decent cup run but like all teams, they will be picked up by the bookmakers and targeted for offers and promotions whenever they are featured by the live broadcasters.
As they look to compete away from the relegation zone, Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha are the two players who Palace rely on most. It’s no co-incidence that the side tends to struggle when these two are absent and it’s unfortunate that both men have suffered more than their fair share of injuries.
For 2017/18, there is a back up plan for current manager Roy Hodgson with the on loan signing of Swansea City striker Jordan Ayew. Connor Wickham was also nearing fitness at the start of the new campaign after a long injury lay off so the Eagles should have more striking options this time around.
When they are all fit however, Belgian striker Benteke will be the focus of more price boosts as he is the principle target man in the team. When he was with Liverpool, we saw many promotions on Benteke to score anytime in the big games in which the Reds featured. Established Midfielder Andros Townsend and new signings Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate are the main men in terms of supplying the forwards and if they can stay fit and in form, Palace should have no problem surviving in 2018/19 and establishing themselves as a Premier League side once again.
Enhanced Crystal Palace odds will appear on a regular basis from around the sportsbooks and we will look to bring you the best of these as they are confirmed.