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27 July 2019 Venue Ashton Gate Attendance

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Preview: Palace close down on Premier League seeking win v Bristol City

27 July 2019

Crystal Palace are set to play their fifth pre-season fixture against one of the Championship’s biggest success stories, Bristol City, at Ashton Gate stadium today (K.O 3pm BST). With the start of the Premier League season looming, Roy Hodgson will be given a chance to further test his current crop of players in the coming games.

The Eagles are coming off a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest last week in a hotly-contested match with the Championship side. Despite the tight scoreline, Palace will be looking to recover from their recent loss with a win on the road.

Wilfried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate will not feature today due to their extended breaks following their involvement in the latter stages of the Africa Cup of Nations. Zaha starred for his native Ivory Coast, reaching the semi-finals and scoring twice in the process. Kouyate also performed impressively for his country, helping a star-studded Senegal team reach the final.

However recent signing Jordan Ayew is in contention to play, the Ghanaian forward making a permanent switch to Palace this week.

The fixture is a continuation of a historically even match-up with this afternoon’s game being the 86th encounter between the two clubs. Following a 4-1 defeat in the League Cup in 2017, the Eagles will be seeking to bounce back from their last meeting with Bristol City. 

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In spite of their recent 6-0 thumping of USL League Two Sarasota Metropolis FC and 4-3 triumph over Forest Green Rovers, the Robins will face a tougher challenge in Palace as they prepare for the upcoming Championship season. 

Under the management of Lee Johnson, who himself featured 174 times for the club, Bristol City narrowly missed out on a playoff spot last season, finishing 8th: an 11-year high. The upwards trajectory of Johnson’s Bristol City since his appointment in 2016 is evidence of a fast-growing club and one to watch as they push for promotion. 

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Bristol City's transfers

The Robins have made significant advances in the summer transfer window with seven signings, including a club-record fee for ex-Chelsea defender, Tomas Kalas. The Czech centre-back featured for Bristol City on loan from Chelsea as a regular starter in the 18/19 season and appears to have impressed in Johnson’s system warranting a four-year contract. Other notable transfers include Chelsea youth prospect Jay DaSilva and Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Bristol City's playing style

Rather than employing an identifiable playing style, Lee Johnson has preferred to adopt a more pragmatic approach to games, often tinkering with a 4-4-2, 4-1-4-1, and a 4-4-1-1. However, Bristol City lined up in a 4-2-3-1 in their first pre-season fixture, a clear indication of new attacking intent following a relatively low 59 goals in 46 Championship games last year.

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This apparent change in formation could show Johnson’s willingness to connect the midfield with a frequently alienated figure on the pitch in striker Famara Diedhiou, who often struggled to involve himself in the build-up last season albeit scoring 13 goals.

Johnson’s flirtation with a three at the back at times in the 18/19 season could also offer an insight into how the Robins may line up. Emphasis on attacking wing-backs looking to drag opposition defenders and midfielders across to open up central channels may pose a challenge to the Eagles. 

Bristol City’s reliance on corners and free-kicks last season saw 27% of their goals scored came from set piece situations. Evidently, Palace need to be wary of committing fouls in the final third.

Players to look out for: Adam Webster and Jay Dasilva 

After winning Bristol City’s Player of the Season following the club’s defensive successes, the 24-year-old Webster will certainly be a match for Palace’s talented front line. His stellar performances have attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa who had a £12 million bid rejected. 

In addition to Webster, Dasilva has worked his way up into being considered one of Bristol’s most talented players following a successful loan stint. Dasilva is a starter in Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-21 team and has been dubbed one of the country’s best young left backs. 

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You can also check out our social media channels to stay up-to-date, as our Twitter brings you live updates and our Instagram keeps track of all of the pre-match action.

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Match Reports

Palace hit Bristol City for five in convincing pre-season win

27 July 2019

A dominant display from Roy Hodgson’s Palace saw the Eagles comfortably overcome Championship outfit Bristol City 5-0 at Ashton Gate.

The signs of what was to come from the Eagles over the 90 minutes was clear from the off with a tenacious, trademark midfield battle won by Luka Milivojevic which gave Palace the chance of a three-on-three break. However, as Christian Benteke looked to utilise his pace and power down the left-hand side, the pass unfortunately clipped the Belgium striker’s heels.

But the early suggestion that Palace could win the midfield battle and get in between the Robins’ midfield and defensive lines were there.

And on three minutes, Andros Townsend collected a wayward ball from City, and won a free-kick 25 yards away from goal after being clipped from behind just as the play opened up and the winger was deciding whether to replicate his goal from last season away at Cardiff City or to tee up Jeffrey Schlupp or Benteke. Milivojevic took the resulting free-kick but the ball didn’t quite dip enough to hit the target.

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It was then Bristol City’s turn to register their first chance of the game, which arrived on seven minutes via a speculative effort from Famara Diédhiou that went over from 20 yards.

Palace responded to City’s first attempt of the match by going right up the other end and nearly taking the lead thanks to lovely link-up play between Benteke and Schlupp, with the latter coming close to delicately chipping Dan Bentley, but the ‘keeper thwarted well.

The Robins’ closest effort of the first-half came on 12 minutes when Josh Brownhill’s free-kick from just outside the area landed on the top of Vicente Guaita’s net, with the Spaniard looking comfortable should the ball have been a few inches lower.

The opener that Palace had been threatening did arrive on 13 minutes, with a move that began thanks to another Milivojevic interception in the middle of the park, with the Serbian finding Schlupp with an incisive pass through the City midfield. A neat Cruyff turn from the Ghanaian handed possession to Max Meyer with the German picking out Patrick van Aanholt on the left-hand side of the penalty box.

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The Dutchman, as he has done so often in his Palace career, looked to rifle the ball into the back of net after finding space in the box. However, a smart block from Niclas Eliasson ended up causing a couple of unsettling bobbles for the Bristol City defence, that fortunately for the south Londoners ended up at the feet of Townsend to smash home from just yards out.

The Robins barely had time to regroup after Palace had taken the lead before they found themselves two goals down. Less than a minute after the opener, Schlupp got in behind the defence before clipping nicely over Bentley, who despite getting a touch, failed to prevent the ball from looping into the net – a retreating City defender tried his best to hook the ball off the line but Schlupp’s attempt ducked in just below the bar to double the Eagles’ lead.

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Meyer almost made it a hat-trick of goals for Palace in a dominant first half performance, and a goal that would’ve been more than the former Schalke midfielder deserved with a busy 45-minute performance combined of intricate footwork and key passes. However, after twisting and turning before eventually arrowing a strike just inside the box, Bentley in the Robins goal did well to tip over.

Hodgson showed no signs of letting up despite the two-goal advantage and at half time brought on new signing Jordan Ayew for Schlupp.

The second half started in the same way the first 45 went with Palace probing and looking threatening, and it only took eight minutes into the second half for Palace to find their third. An incredible deep cross from club captain Milivojevic exquisitely found Benteke between two Bristol City defenders and the Belgium international powerfully headed home.

A warning came in the 59th minute for Palace, though, with Bristol City not giving up the fight and very nearly had their first goal of the afternoon but Diédhiou couldn’t keep his shot down from two-yards out, clipping the bar.

Palace found the net for a fourth time on 70 minutes, and although there was an element of fortune in how the ball fell to Meyer in the box – a ricochet via James McArthur – there was nothing fortunate about the delightful dinked finish from the midfielder.

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Meyer was again involved on 76 minutes for a fifth Palace goal, with the German delaying a pass to Townsend on the byline to the perfect moment for the rushing winger to comfortably cutback to an unmarked Connor Wickham to turn home from close range.

Luke Dreher, Sam Woods and Jairo Riedewald all came on for the final 10 minutes with Hodgson getting a good look at his squad and getting some valuable minutes in as the Premier League opener edges closer.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann (Sakho 71), Kelly (Woods 81), Ward, Meyer, Milivojevic (Dreher 81), McArthur (Riedewald 81), Townsend, Schlupp (Ayew 45), Benteke (Wickham 66)

Subs not used: Henderson, Sorloth

Bristol City: Bentley, Hunt, Dasilva, Webster (Moore 71), Brownhill, Diédhiou, Weimann, Szmodics (O'Dowda 58), Eliasson (Paterson 71), Pack (C), Kalas.

Subs not used: Gilmartin, Walsh, Rowe, Rees.

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Ticket News

Tickets for Bristol City are now on sale

10 July 2019

The club can now confirm that tickets are available to buy for our pre-season game away at Bristol City on 27th July.

The game will kick-off at Aston Gate at 3pm and will be the penultimate away game of the Eagles’ pre-season schedule.

Tickets are on general sale, with fans able to buy up to six tickets per person.

Pricing is as follows:

Adult - £10

65+ - £5

19-21 - £5

U-19 - £1

Tickets can be purchased online 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 Saturday’s. 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.

Please note tickets for this fixture will not be posted until 22ndJuly as we will not be receiving the tickets from the Robins until the 19thJuly.

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