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Kick off 15:00 (UK)

05 September 2020 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Crystal Palace
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Brøndby IF

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Match Previews

Palace Preview: Eagles face sizeable final challenge v Brøndby IF before Premier League returns

4 September 2020

Crystal Palace have enjoyed a strong, if brief, pre-season campaign - winning three out of three matches so far.

But now they face their toughest test before the Premier League returns, taking on decorated Danish Superliga side Brøndby IF today (Saturday, 5th September) at 15:00.

Palace’s victories over Oxford United, Charlton Athletic and Millwall have placed the Eagles in a strong position to close out their pre-season and return to competitive football. Brøndby are in similarly encouraging form, defeating Odense Boldklub, Helsingør and Næstved Boldklub in consecutive friendlies.

Pre Season

Crystal Palace's pre-season friendlies record - including 13-1 v GAK

25 August 2020

This means each side will be looking to continue a 100% winning record in their pre-season preparations at Selhurst. 

Despite their recent success, however, the visitors haven’t played a competitive clash since 7th June, whereas the Eagles last ran out on 26th July. Brøndby’s final game was a 3-2 loss to AC Horsens, leaving them to finish fourth in the Danish Superliga - the country’s top tier.


Palace have never played Brøndby before, so this will be their first test against the Danish giants. The Eagles last took on Danish opposition in a 2-2 with Helsingør in 2018.

Brøndby formed as a sixth-tier amateur side in 1964 when Brøndbyøster IF and Brøndbyvester IF merged to become one club. Just 18 years later, they had climbed their way to the top-flight, competing as a professional club and earning promotion following an 85-goal season (30 games).

Michael Laudrup was a key figure in Brøndby’s success in the early 1980s, and his departure to Juventus allowed the club to compete on a major financial level. In 1985, Brøndby won their first Danish championship, and would go on to win a total of 10 league titles across 20 years.

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During this time, Brøndby thrived in Europe, too, reaching the 1990/91 UEFA Cup semi-final.

But tough times lay ahead for the Danish side and collapse loomed after a failed takeover in 1992. The team recovered and eventually regained their strength as a force in Danish football, winning the double in 2005 under Laudrup as manager.

Bankruptcy again became a real threat for Brøndby as the team lost its way, and they have had to rediscover their status as one of Denmark’s toughest clubs. Their squad today includes many recent additions and talented prospects, highlighting their long-term rebuilding plans. 

The manager

Niels Frederiksen is an experienced coach with a background in youth football. He has led several youth teams, including Denmark Under-21s. 

The Dane holds a master’s degree in economics and has altered Brøndby’s formation to 3-5-2 since his arrival in June 2019. With one eye on bringing through young Danish talent as the club did in its heyday, Frederiksen appears to be an appointment for the long-run.

Who to watch

Last season’s top scorer, Kamil Wilczek, dominated Brøndby’s scoring tables before departing the club in January 2020. Resultantly, despite not having scored a huge total, fellow forward Simon Hedlund is probably the frontman to watch, bagging five goals and 11 assists in 19/20.

But the Danes are also relatively impressive at the back, with goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe keeping the third most clean sheets in the league last season. He and the likes of defender Anthony Jung and defensive midfielder Josip Radosevic will be hard to overcome.

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How to follow

Gold, Junior Gold and International Members will be able to watch this game live as part of their package at no extra cost. All other supporters can purchase a pay-per-view pass for £5. For further details, click here now.

For supporters following from abroad, the below countries can view the game live:

  • Norway: VG
  • Sweden: Cmore
  • MENA: Bein
  • Japan: DAZN

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, the best photos and more.

Our club website,, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes and views.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Brøndby clash. With team news and alerts, access to broadcasts, 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!

READ NEXT: Watch Palace's final pre-season clash LIVE v Brøndby IF

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Match Reports

Report: Eagles end pre-season in action packed Brøndby clash

Crystal Palace 1-1 Brøndby IF

5 September 2020

Crystal Palace maintained their unbeaten pre-season record this afternoon against Danish side Brøndby IF. In an action packed clash between well matched teams, the Eagles enjoyed a host of promising chances but were unable to hold on to a deserved lead against challenging opposition.


  • Roy Hodgson starts Andros Townsend ahead of Max Meyer, with Luka Milivojevic making his first pre-season squad
  • Brøndby begin as the dominant side, pressing Palace well and attacking freely
  • The Eagles move into the ascendancy, enjoying several encouraging pushes forward
  • Wilfried Zaha makes it 1-0 Palace with a stinging drive home
  • Half-time: Palace 1-0 Brøndby
  • In another eventful half, each side enjoy several narrow chances
  • Brøndby pull level through Jesper Linstrøm
  • The Eagles are denied after a series of close efforts
  • Full-time: Palace 1-1 Brøndby

Brøndby appeared to start on the front foot this afternoon at Selhurst Park, surging forward with intent during the first few minutes. Their offensive approach was marked out early on, with most of the visitors flooding their host’s half at any opportunity.

But it was Palace who landed the first major chances, with Wilfried Zaha disrupting play along the left of attack and Jeffrey Schlupp posting a firm shot into Marvin Schwäbe's arms.

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The Eagles’ attempts were not to say that Brøndby were willing to sit back, however, and the Danish side played an intense style pitched high up the field. This saw Kevin Mensah threaten along the left and Josip Radoševic strike over the bar.

Again, though, as in the opening 10 minutes, where Brøndby enjoyed possession and the offensive passages, Palace enjoyed the chances. Zaha first capitalised on a defensive error only to have his cross cleared by Radoševic before Schlupp cannoned an effort into the side netting, with Andros Townsend given space to angle a shot he chose not to take.

The first 20 minutes appeared to indicate a game whereby Palace knew the calibre of their opponent, adeptly and effectively deploying their counter-attacking style that works so often in the Premier League. Where the approach may not have succeeded against recent League One opposition, Europa League Brøndby and their offensive determination made the perfect adversary for such a tactic.

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The decisive opening goal would come should the visitor’s patient possession pay dividends before Palace’s swift snaps forward did - a style embodied confidently by Zaha, Townsend and Schlupp.

But it was Jordan Ayew who next epitomised this battle of styles best as he fired a cross into Schlupp who, if it weren’t for his close marker, would have struck home with ease. Next, the No.9 lofted a corner onto Scott Dann’s head, but the centre-back’s effort was cleared off the line by a reflexive man in yellow.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, with Brøndby forced to remove the threatening Mensah, Palace’s approach won-out as the Danes were penned back for a period and uncomfortable against an energised host.

Attacking along a well-worn left channel, Zaha burst into Brøndby’s box on the end of an Ayew ball and lashed a fierce effort into the back of the net, reminiscent of several of his competitive goals.

The game’s dominance had swung markedly by the time Palace bagged, with Brøndby seemingly rocked by the Eagles’ troubling attacks. The Danish giants switched their style to a more passive, defensive block, but this only invited Roy Hodgson’s men back onto the ball, terminating the away side’s early momentum.

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The second-half began much like the first ended, with Townsend flying the flag for Palace’s attack. But Ayew was the man who came closest to doubling the host’s lead when he danced into the box, mirroring his Goal of the Season against West Ham United. Wriggling his way into a one-on-one, the frontman again attempted a cute chip to score, but on this occasion shot just wide.

Clearly, those Boxing Day heroics were too good to repeat blow for blow.

Brøndby managed to rediscover their offensive swagger as the clash neared its hour mark, with Peter Bjur striking a free-kick over the bar and then being denied by an exceptional Vicente Guaita hand.

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At the other end of the pitch, the visitors were next forced to hold their collective breath as a Zaha shot flicked off Anthony Jung and ran towards the goal-line. If it weren’t for the talented defending of Brøndby captain Andreas Maxsø, the Eagles would certainly have doubled their lead.

Instead, they slipped into a draw.

The visitors were confident in the attack, and when substitute Jesper Linstrøm struck from the centre of the box, Guaita could only palm the fizzing effort onto his own post before it met the inside netting.

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But Palace retained their own offensive spark, with Max Meyer cruelly denied from close range by an onrushing Schwäbe and Townsend then blocked from distance by Jung.

Next to try his luck was Luka Milivojevic, who, in his first pre-season outing, swung over by barely an inch from 25 yards - his eye catching effort flying out to become another remarkable footnote in Palace’s lengthy attacking inventory.

Schlupp again caught the side netting, again forced Schwäbe into action and again watched on as Milivojevic's dipping shot couldn't find the net. But, try as they might, Palace were made to contend with a draw and confidence-inspiring outing as they rounded up pre-season exactly a week before starting their eighth consecutive Premier League campaign.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kouyaté, Dann (Kelly 65), Mitchell, Schlupp, Riedewald, McArthur (Milivojevic 45), Townsend, Zaha, Ayew (Meyer 65).

Subs: Henderson, Woods, Inniss, Jach, Malachi Boateng, Kirby, Pierrick, Gordon.

Brøndby: Schwäbe, Jung, Maxsø, Rosted, Mensah (Bjur 33), Vigen, Radoševic, Corlu (Linstrøm 45), Bruus, Hedlund, Uhre (Børkeeit 69). 

Subs: Tørnes, Hermansen, Kabongo, Skipper, Pyndt, Rasmussen, Kvistgaarden.

Full highlights and post-match reaction from this clash will be available to watch for free via Palace TV. Either click here or 'Palace TV' within the official app, which you can download here.

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