Crystal Palace v Huddersfield

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

"He is a leader on the pitch and carries responsibility for his teammates, which attributes we want our players to have".

The Premier League is back this weekend and Crystal Palace are strongly fancied to get off to a winning start, with Frank de Boer's men facing top flight newcomers Huddersfield Town in his first game.

Huddersfield last season played in the Championship, the main part of the championship having finished in 5 place with 81 points in the asset and the difference of the balls 56-58.

Yes, now, probably the quality of the individuals - players and managers - is at the highest level, this is why they're in the Premier League.

Whilst Palace manager Frank de Boer will now have to consider whether to stick with a three-man defence or switch to four at the back for his side's trip to Anfield next weekend.

De Boer's appointment may signal a change in philosophy as the Dutch manager has already made his player development intentions known in the transfer market.

De Boer will be looking for his side to bounce back after a poor result, but one player who stood out among the rest during The Eagles' defeat was on loan defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah. I think that in the Saturday match, the owners on the rights of a more experienced and balanced team will win.

Twelve months ago on the eve of the new Championship season Holloway, then working as a pundit for Sky Sports, tipped the Terriers to finish second bottom and be relegated to League One.

Smith, who has been recovering from a fractured foot in pre-season, is one of those who will make his Premier League bow if he is fit enough to play at Crystal Palace.

- The Terriers are just the fifth newly promoted side to win on the opening day of the Premier League since 2008-09 (also West Ham in 2012, Blackpool in 2010 and Hull in 2008 and 2016).

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