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Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE - JACK PIERCE, @ JACKPIERCE88

This sea­son will be dif­fer­ent to last be­cause

with Roy sign­ing off the in­com­ings and tak­ing a full pre-sea­son, we hope to avoid the stress of the pre­vi­ous cam­paign.

Keep an eye out for

right-back Aaron Wan-Bis­saka. Quick and ex­cel­lent in the tackle, he was only in­tro­duced due to an in­jury cri­sis and now he’s the likely first choice.

Our most un­der­rated player is

James Tomkins. Pay­ing $18m in 2016 looks a snip in ret­ro­spect.

Our pan­tomime vil­lain is

Jose Mour­inho, so des­per­ate for a ti­tle.

Fans of other clubs might not know that

our women’s side were the big­gest losers in the cre­ation of Manch­ester United’s equiv­a­lent. Not be­ing named a Cham­pi­onship side was a huge blow.

One change I would make at our club is

to re­move The Crys­tals, our club cheer­lead­ers. It’s a lit­tle out of date, plus I’m con­cerned for the heart rate of the bloke be­hind me.

Save the date for

Brighton away on De­cem­ber 4. I hope all Palace fans with tick­ets get in this time.

This sea­son we will fin­ish

in the top 10. We could ‘do a Burn­ley’.

FFT asks: Look­ing at the fix­ture list, are you con­fi­dent Palace can avoid a re­peat of last year’s record-break­ing bad start?

Yes. The ear­lier our first point comes, the bet­ter, but we won’t be go­ing into our eighth game with nei­ther a goal nor point this time.

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