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Crystal Palace: At a glance

Manager: Ian Holloway

Stadium: Selhurst Park

Home & Away*: (H) Sat 14 Sep; (A) Sat 22 Feb

Last year: 5th Championship (Promoted via Play-offs)

Last time we met: United 1-2 Palace, Old Trafford, 30 Nov 2011 (League Cup

*Dates/KO times subject to change

12/08/2013 12:55,

Preview 2013/14: Palace

Back in the big time, the Eagles are determined to retain their top-flight status...

So, what happened last term?

Three years after dodging liquidation, Palace achieved the seemingly unachievable: winning promotion from the Championship via a dramatic play-off final victory over Watford.

Were the fans happy? Of course! Having lost boss Dougie Freedman to Bolton Wanderers in autumn, they felt more stranded than Tom Hanks in Castaway. Enter Ian Holloway, one of the great talismans, to lead an unexpected rescue mission with coordinates set for an even more surprising destination: the Barclays Premier League.

Their best player is now ours, right? Correct. Having signed last January, United new boy Wilfried Zaha returned to Palace on loan with grand ambitions, and months later, having secured promotion before winning the PFA's prestigious Championship Player of the Year prize, he arrived at OT already a winner. Under new boss David Moyes, a champion of youth, his 2013/14 season should be fascinating. Meantime, luring spain U-20 captain Jose Campana to Selhurst Park from Sevilla looks a good piece of business by Holloway.

How's our record against them? It's pretty good - in eight premier League meetings, the Reds have won six and drawn two, scoring 17 goals in so doing. Matches against promoted teams are always tricky, though, and this season's - at home in September, away in February - are both potential banana skins.

Who's their main man? In the absence of Zaha, Yannick Bolasie is their most potent winger and a powerhouse at 6ft 1in. The trickster, signed from Bristol City in 2012, is an indispensible figure.

Any interesting facts or figures? 30.3 per cent - manager Ian Holloway's win percentage from 33 matches in charge of the eagles, having claimed 10 victories, 10 losses and 13 draws.

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