All You Need To Know About Pre-Season For The Eagles
It is unlikely that anyone has missed club football with all the excitement happening in Russia this summer, but it will not be long until club football is back.
In fact, many pre-season campaigns get underway before the World Cup Final takes place on Sunday 15th July and the Eagles are no different. The Tour of Scandinavia begins with a trip to Eastern Denmark to take on FC Helsinger before heading into Sweden to face Halmstads BK.
The first pre-season fixture on home soil will be a short trip to League 1 side Oxford United followed by Championship outfit Reading. The build up to the new season concludes at the beginning of August with the visit of French side Toulouse at Selhurst Park.
Here is all you need to know about the pre-season fixtures for the first team and the opponents that Palace will be facing.
12th July 2018 FC Helsingor (a)
Founded in 2005, the Danish Superliga side is made up of five Elsinore club which were merged under the name ‘Elite 3000 Fodbold’ but changed the name to FC Helsingor in 2012.
The 2017/18 season was a disappointing one for FC Helsingor as they finished bottom of the table and were relegated from the top division in Denmark.
Managed by former FC Copenhagen midfielder Christian Lonstrup, FC Helsingor play in mostly white with light blue while the Helsingor Stadion has a capacity of 5,500.
16th July 2018 Halmstads BK (a)
Roy Hodgson returns to the club that gave him his first managerial stint in football back in 1976 after being recommended to them by then Malmo boss Bob Houghton. He spent five years there in which time he won the league title on two occasions after never been given a hope before.
Located in Halmstad in the county of Halland, Sweden, the club were founded in 1914. Like Helsinger, last season was not a happy one as they were relegated from the Allsvenskan.
Managed by Croat Igor Krulj, Halmstads play in blue and black while the Orjans Vall holds 15,500. Former players include Freddie Ljungberg, Niclas Alexandersson and Artim Sakiri.
21st July 2018 Oxford United (a)
Shortly after the Eagles return from the Scandinavian Tour, it is a short trip to the Kassam Stadium to take on League One side Oxford United. The U’s finished a disappointing 16th last season, just six points above the relegation zone.
They kick off their season away at Barnsley on the 4th August and have signed Everton defender Luke Garbett on loan and Tony McMahon from Bradford City in recent weeks to bolster their squad. Former MK Dons and Charlton Athletic boss Karl Robinson heads into his first full season in charge of Oxford after being appointed back in March.
28th July 2018 Reading (a)
Next up, a return to the Madejski Stadium, the scene of an FA Cup win for Palace on the way to Wembley a couple of seasons ago.
The Royals toyed with relegation last season and ended up finishing just two points above the drop zone. The poor run of form cost Dutchman Jaap Stam his job with his replacement Paul Clement just about doing enough to see them to safety.
Adding experience has been the clear aim this summer with Clement recruiting former Manchester United and Sunderland defender John O’Shea and former Hull City midfielder David Meyler to the Royals ranks.
Reading kick off the new season at home to Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the live televised game on Friday 3rd August.
4th August 2018 Toulouse (h)
Managed by former Toulouse goalkeeper Alain Casanova, head to South London after a 18th place finish in Ligue 1 last season. Their lowly finish meant that they had to endure a two legged relegation play off against Ajaccio which they ended up winning convincingly.
The club were formed in 1970 and the Stadium Municipal has a capacity of 33,150. Their home kit is purple with white flashes and are owned by French businessman Olivier Sadran who took over after their bankruptcy and resulting relegation in 2001.
The friendly with the French side is made all the more intriguing following the signing of former Palace youth player John Bostock. Another link to the Eagles is their number nine, Yaya Sanogo who had a brief loan spell at Selhurst Park from Arsenal. Former players include Fabien Barthez and Andre-Pierre Gignac.