Excitement is reaching fever pitch as the new Premier League season begins and Saturday’s clash at Selhurst Park between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town sees a new manager, in Frank de Boer, taking charge of his first ever game in England and a team, in Huddersfield Town, playing in their first ever Premier League game. The Terriers have not played a game in the English top flight for 45 years and their fans will see this game as a very winnable one as they begin their quest to stay in the division.
- When: 12:30PM, Saturday, August 12th, 2017
- Where: Selhurst Park, London, England
Crystal Palace struggled last season under Alan Pardew, before Sam Allardyce was brought in to keep the club in the division. The former England manager was successful in his efforts and victories against big teams like Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea kept the club in the division. At the end of the campaign, Allardyce shocked the football world by announcing his immediate retirement from the sport and he was replaced by the exciting young Dutch manager, Frank de Boer. Crystal Palace have a squad capable of finishing in the top half and in Christian Benteke they have a proven Premier League goal scorer. It will be interesting to see how quickly the players adapt to the new manager’s instructions, but the club will need a fast start to avoid falling into another relegation battle.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has been extremely busy this summer, moving to bring in ten new players. Despite this huge outlay, the club still look short on quality in almost every area of the pitch and are the favourites to finish bottom of the Premier League. One player who has done well in pre-season is Tom Ince, and Wagner will be looking to the winger to be the man to provide the creative spark for his side.
- Will Crystal Palace start well? The London club started the season very poorly last time around and were dragged into a relegation battle before Christmas.
- Do Huddersfield Town have what it takes to stay in the league?
- Can Christian Benteke improve upon his 15 goals from last season?
I think this will be a tight game; Crystal Palace will be looking to impress their new manager whilst Huddersfield Town will be fired up in their first game back in the big time. On paper Crystal Palace have the better team, but I think Huddersfield Town might be able to grab a draw in this one.
Betting Tips (Bet365)
Crystal Palace are favourites for the game with odds of 5/6, whilst Huddersfield Town are 4/1 to pick up an unlikely victory. I think a better bet could be the draw though at odds of 13/5. Crystal Palace might take a few games to get used to Ronald de Boer’s new tactics and Huddersfield Town will be right up for this one.
My pick – Draw – 13/5