Totally Buzzed is previewing every single Premier League team ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign and now it is the turn of Crystal Palace.

How last season went:

Well, it happened. The 2020-21 campaign was an odd season for Palace by some accounts as it felt like Roy Hodgson was simply doing a victory lap as manager by securing another season of Premier League football for the London club, as it seemed an open secret from the get-go that he would leave once his contract expired at the end of the season. Palace may have teased being dragged into the relegation battle, a 7-0 loss to Liverpool got eyebrows raised, but with all due respect, they were not at any point starring down the barrel of a gun. In fact, when you consider they finished 14th, 16 points clear of the relegation zone, it shows how far away they were from considering a life in the Championship. As for other competitions, Palace didn’t have much to brag about there either. The London club were eliminated in the second round of the EFL Cup courtesy of Championship side Bournemouth and crashed out early in the FA Cup, with Wolves beating them 1-0 in the third round of the tournament.

Crystal Palace’s Premier League Stats – 2020/21:

*According to PremierLeague.com*

Crystal Palace Player Stats – 2020/21:

Top Scorer Across All Competitions: Wilfried Zaha – 11 goals in 31 appearances (0.38 goals per 90minutes, 239 minutes per goal)

Top Scorer – Premier League Only: Zaha – 11 goals in 30 outings (238 minutes per goal)

Most Assists Across All Competitions: Eberechi Eze – 6 assists in 36 outings (1.06 chances created per 90minutes)

Most Assists – Premier League Only: Eze – 6 assists in 34 appearances

Most Tackles Per Game (On Average) – Premier League Only: Tyrick Mitchell (3.4 per match)

Most Minutes Played Across Premier League Fixtures – Top 3:

  1. Vicente Guaita – 3330 minutes 2.Cheikhou Kouyate – 3123 minutes 3. Zaha – 2614 minutes

1st five league fixtures:

Chelsea (A): Chelsea cruised past Crystal Palace home and away last season as the Blues defeated Roy Hodgson’s side 4-0 at Stamford Bridge before beating them 4-1 at Selhurst Park in April.

Brentford (H): Brentford last faced Palace in a competitive match in 1977 as the pair met in the first round of the League Cup that year. The Bees beat Palace 2-1 in the first leg of that clash, before The Eagles swept the Bees aside in the second leg, defeating them 5-1.

West Ham (A): A 10-man Palace side managed a 1-1 draw with West Ham at the London Stadium in December, a game where Christian Benteke managed to get on the scoresheet and transform into a villain by getting sent-off in the 70th minute of the match. In the two sides’ last meeting, which took place at Selhurst Park in January, the Hammers just about escaped with all three points as they won the match 3-2.

Tottenham (H): Palace denied Tottenham a win at Selhurst Park by grinding out a 1-1 draw in December, however Spurs got revenge when the two teams met at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in March as they ran out 4-1 winners.

Liverpool (A): Liverpool smashed Palace 7-0 when visiting Selhurst Park in December and made it two wins out of two against the Eagles in the 2020-21 campaign in May by beating them 2-0 at Anfield.

Crystal Palace Fan Perspective: Alfie

Best Player: Wilfried Zaha, not just for his ability but his contribution to the club and the community.

Promising Youngster: I’d split it between a few – mainly between Tyrick, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi or David Omilabu – they’re some of the best players to come out of the U23s/U18s and they won the playoffs and came 2nd in their respective leagues.

The player who is likely to surprise people (underrated/less known): Jairo Riedewald is my pick – I feel like there’s a lot of Palace fans that don’t appreciate him as much as they should.

Thoughts on the manager: I’m unconvinced by the appointment of Patrick Vieira but hoping I can be proven wrong over the course of the season. I do hope he lasts the season but if he starts poorly, he’ll likely get sacked fairly quickly.

Worried About/Weakness of squad: Lack of squad depth, there’s not a lot of quality options outside of our first eleven.

Dream Transfer: Myron Boadu – he’s a fast, strong striker that can score, so he would be ideal.

Realistic Transfer: Given that Patrick Viera is manager, probably an Arsenal youngster on loan, maybe Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Player you fear leaving: Either Tyrick Mitchell or Eberechi Eze – I get the feeling we’d undersell and wouldn’t be able to replace them.

League Expectation: 15th would be good given the club’s situation right now. Avoiding relegation would be a great overall outcome.

League Prediction: I expect relegation – so anywhere between 18th and 20th.

Biggest Rival This Season/Love It If We Beat them: Brighton, without a doubt. The history and the rivalry there makes it a must-win game every year, home and away.