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Palace Preview: Eagles eyeing strong first away performance

18 August 2019

Travelling to Sheffield this Sunday, Crystal Palace will face their first newly-promoted side of the 2019/20 season in Sheffield United, a club buoyed not only by promotion, but by a draw earned in the dying minutes against AFC Bournemouth last Saturday.

When former Rushden & Diamonds forward Billy Sharp struck past Aaron Ramsdale to find the net for the Blades, the travelling Sheffield faithful erupted. Energised for their return to life in the Premier League, United’s fans will no doubt be chomping at the bit to compete at Bramall Lane.

They have every right to be invigorated for Sunday’s clash, too, with the Yorkshire home ground becoming something of a fortress in recent times as United stormed to promotion from the Championship in second place last season.

Leading them into English football’s top tier were 10 wins and nine clean sheets from the 12 matches most recently played at Bramall Lane. Furthermore, the Blades have a solid reputation against London clubs who’ve braved the trip up north, losing just three of 18 Premier League matches on home soil to them, the Eagles inflicting one of those defeats in 1993.

Chris Wilders’ charges will be facing stern opposition this week and Palace will provide a considerable threat to their hosts' glowing home record. The south Londoners showed notable disparity in form between Selhurst Park and matches on the road last season, winning five of their previous six away league games. The Eagles are also the second-highest scoring Premier League team away from home in 2019, behind only Manchester City.

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One to watch

The aforementioned Billy Sharp will be looking to kick off Sheffield United’s return to the top flight with a celebration, scoring against Palace for Nottingham Forest in 2012 and bagging 24 goals in 42 games for the Blades last season (29% of their total), bringing his haul for the club up to 103 from 243 appearances. 

In spite of his prolific history with the team, however, Sharp will compete for his place this season alongside fellow forwards, Republic of Ireland international David McGoldrick, club-record signing Oli McBurnie and France Under-21 international Lys Mousset. Sharp had to fill the role of an inspired substitute last Saturday, replacing defender Chris Basham in the 82nd minute before netting just six minutes later.

Tactical overview

Despite competing away from home, the Blades played in a 3-5-2 formation against the Cherries on Saturday and have four talented strikers to pick from. Last season, however, it was their tightness at the back which stood out most clearly, conceding just 41 goals from 46 games - the joint-lowest of any Championship club.

However, Wilder’s team bolstered their up-front options over summer, adding McBurnie and Mousset to their ranks and so are clearly looking to build on their offensive play this season.

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Did you know?

In their first match of the campaign, Sheffield United became the first team to exclusively use British and Irish players in a Premier League game since Norwich City in August 2012 against Fulham.

Summer activity

The Blades made a host of impressive signings over summer, adding eight permanent players and two on loan. In addition to McBurnie and Mousset padding out their attacking options, United also signed Callum Robinson to support charges as a forward or winger and attacking midfielder Luke Freeman.

Other notable names include well-known players Phil Jagielka, who returns to his first professional club of seven years, Ravel Morrison and re-loaned, highly-rated England Under-21 goalkeeper, Dean Henderson.

Last time out 

Palace’s last clash with the Blades came in 2011, as Darren Ambrose netted a typically eye-catching solitary goal at Selhurst Park under manager Dougie Freedman in a near-relegation scrap.

How to follow

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports from 1pm. If you cannot access this, you can still stay in the loop with everything below and for fans following from abroad, we can show you where else you can watch.

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Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the upcoming 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a Season Pass for £38, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month, or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here. 

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during Sunday’s clash. With live stats, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Crystal Palace fall to narrow defeat in Bramall Lane battle

18 August 2019

Crystal Palace's first away game of the Premier League season saw the Eagles go down by the narrowest of margins, losing 1-0 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

  • Zaha starts from the off after 27 minutes v Everton, replacing Ayew
  • Camarasa doesn’t make matchday squad; Schlupp takes place on the bench
  • Benteke goes close on five minutes after some tenacious work up top
  • Sheffield United forced into first-half sub: Fleck replaced by Freeman
  • Guaita saves superbly from an unmarked McGoldrick just yards from goal
  • Half-time: 0-0
  • Lundstram scores early in second-half after Guaita had initially saved well from Freeman
  • James McCarthy makes Palace debut, replacing Townsend with 20 minutes to go
  • Full-time: 1-0

The sun was shining at Bramall Lane, as the fire cannons exploded to signify Sheffield United’s first home game in the Premier League since 19th August 2006. However, the raucous atmosphere was curtailed early on with a few tricks from Wilfried Zaha and the opening chance of the game on five minutes falling to the Eagles.

The ball landed kindly for Christian Benteke, on the inside-right channel of the penalty box, courtesy of Luka Milivojevic’s long ball through to Zaha, with the Ivorian deflecting the ball into Benteke’s path; the striker saw his low, near-post effort saved well by Dean Henderson.

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Returning to the starting line-up after his Africa Cup of Nations exploits and sub appearance last weekend, Zaha was finding space. Therefore, it was no surprise that our south Londoner was involved in the first yellow card of the afternoon, with John Lundstram getting his name added to the referee’s book for man-handling our Ivory Coast international.

With no more real moments of note for either team, the game still remained a hotly contested and open affair in the first 20 minutes; a sense of three points for either team made for a terrific Palace away atmosphere inside Bramall Lane.

The openness of the first half of the first half was epitomised in the 23rdminute, with the Blades claiming for a penalty via a handball; the referee ignored their protests and attentions then turned to Andros Townsend who was breaking at speed with the ball.

Despite Chris Basham’s best attempts to wear Townsend’s shirt, the winger did well to escape the clutches of the Sheffield United defender before releasing Wilf inside the penalty box. Less than 10 seconds from the Blades claiming for a spot-kick to Zaha eventually winning a corner.

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Chris Wilder was forced into a first-half substitute with John Fleck suffering an injury and being replaced by Luke Freeman on 28 minutes – a fitting name for a player entering such an open game at Bramall Lane.

Another end-to-end moment arrived on 31 minutes: a promising Palace build-up ultimately ended with a Blades break. However, Scott Dann marshalled Callum Robinson well enough that the striker’s effort went over Vicente Guaita’s goal.

Three minutes before half-time and Wilder’s side registered their first shot on target. And one that looked certain to give them the lead with David McGoldrick unmarked inside the six-yard box.

Enter Guaita; the Spaniard scrambling across his line to block McGoldrick’s effort as most of Bramall Lane rose to their feet for pre-emptive celebrations.

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Moments after the restart, Guaita was again pulling off heroics. However, unfortunately for the Eagles No.1, after saving well from Freeman from close-range the ball fell to Lundstram who finished into the gapping net.

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The Eagles responded well after going behind with Townsend looking to add another trademark effort to his impressive collection, but Henderson got down well to push away the winger’s curling effort.

With just under half an hour to go, the game saw the introduction of Jeffrey Schlupp, with Max Meyer making way for the Ghanaian’s first Premier League minutes of the season.

Schlupp’s arrival into the game was followed shortly after by James McCarthy’s debut, replacing Townsend as Hodgson tweaked things looking for that equaliser.

Hodgson's final sub of the afternoon added firepower to the attack with James McArthur being sacrificed in midfield for striker Connor Wickham on 83 minutes.

Despite the tactical changes, Palace were unable to find a way through the Blades’ backline, with the game finishing 1-0 to Sheffield United.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Meyer (Schlupp 64), Milivojevic, McArthur (Wickham 82), Zaha, Townsend (McCarthy 70), Benteke. Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Kouyaté, Ayew, Cahill.

Sheffield United: Henderson, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Stevens, Fleck (Freeman 28), Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock, McGoldrick (Jagielka 89), Robinson (McBurnie 55). Subs Not Used: Sharp, Osborn, Moore, Bešić.

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Ticket News

Sheffield United and Manchester United tickets to go on sale this week

29 July 2019

Tickets for our first two away trips of the Premier League season - Bramall Lane and Old Trafford - will go on sale from 10am Wednesday 31st July.

The order of availability is below. If you wish to get involved with the earlier ticket access windows then Memberships can still be bought by clicking here.

  • 10am Wednesday 31st July - Season Ticket Holders and paid members with 3000+ Loyalty Points (one ticket per client reference)
  • 10am Thursday 1st August – All season ticket holders (no Loyalty Point requirement – one ticket per client reference)
  • 10am Friday 2nd August – All paid members (no Loyalty Point requirement – one ticket per client reference)
  • 10am Monday 5th August – All season ticket holders and paid members can book an additional ticket (maximum of two per client reference)

Ticket Info

The Blades

  • Adult £30
  • Over-60 £25
  • Full-time students with a valid NUS Card £20
  • 18-21-year-olds £20
  • Under-18s £16

The Red Devils

  • Adult £30
  • Over-65 £15
  • 18-20-year-olds £22.50
  • 16-17-year-olds £15
  • Under-16s £10

Tickets can be purchased online from Wednesday 31st July by clicking here, by calling the Ticket Line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

The Ticket Line is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12.30pm on non-match Saturdays. Personal callers are able to visit the Box Office between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Both the Ticket Line and Box Office will be closed on Bank Holidays.

Coach Travel

The club are offering free coach travel to Sheffield to Season Ticket Holders and Members (one per client reference) for Palace's game against Sheffield United on the 18th August – guests will be priced at £29.

Coach travel is also available for the trip to Old Trafford on 24th August, with those tickets all priced at £29.

Both coach trips will depart from the main entrance of Selhurst Park stadium at 7:30am and supporters must bring proof that they own a Season Ticket or Membership as well as their matchday ticket.

Tickets for coach travel will go on sale shortly and can be purchased by calling 0871 2000 071, visiting the Box Office at Selhurst Park or by clicking here.

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