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The Premier League's New Faces and Places

15 June 2016

Now that the fixture list has been compiled, Palace fans will begin to count down the days until their opening game of the new campaign.

However despite this being a record-breaking fourth consecutive season in the top-flight for the Eagles, there are plenty of new things to be excited for ahead of the big kick-off.

New opponents

Three new opponents lie in wait for Alan Pardew’s side next season, although they are well-known to Palace fans.

Burnley bounced straight back into the Premier League as Championship winners, amassing 93 points in the process. Not too much has changed at Turf Moor since their demotion just over a year ago, with Sean Dyche still in the dugout who kept faith in the majority of his squad.

Despite Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier departing, the Clarets bought wisely with Andre Grey netting 23 times to help fire them back to the top-flight, although Joey Barton won’t be a part of next season’s plans as he has departed to Rangers.

Hull City are also back in the Premier League after a single season away, having come through the play-offs to claim their place back at England’s top table.

They also lost a couple of big names in James Chester and Robbie Brady, but with a strong enough squad to cope with those losses Steve Bruce steered his side to a top-four place, and edged out Derby County 3-2 on aggregate before beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the play-off final thanks to Mohamed Diame’s goal.

However Middlesbrough are back in the top-flight for the first time since 2009 despite being pipped to the title by Burnley after four draws in their final four games. However the last one proved ever so crucial as they denied Brighton and Hove Albion the chance of a first ever season in the Premier League in what was effectively a promotion play-off on the final day of the campaign.

Managed by Aitor Karanka, big money has been spent on Jordan Rhodes, Stewart Downing and David Nugent over the past 12 months, and chairman Steve Gibson is once again expected to put his hand in his pocket in 2016/17.

New venue

The new season will be the first at West Ham United’s new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium in Stratford. It has been renovated at a cost of £200 million to become a football venue, complete with retractable seating to allow a running track to remain inside the stadium but not affect the spectator experience. 

The Hammers’ first game there will be against Juventus in a pre-season friendly at the start of August.

As well as this, Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium has been renamed the Bet365 Stadium, and Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane will operate with a reduced capacity next season due to the building of a new stadium next door. Palace fans travelling to away venues will not have to pay more than £30 for their tickets as they have been capped.

New logo

As part of a re-branding following the end of Barclays’ title sponsorship, the top division will now simply be called the Premier League. They have also introduced a new logo which will replace the old design on each team’s kit from the opening day of the campaign. 

Also in rebranding news, the Capital One Cup is no more following the end of their deal with the Football League, meaning Palace will participate in a competition simply known as the Football League Cup.

New faces

Pardew will be attempting to get the better of Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte over the coming nine months with two of European football’s top bosses heading to England. Guardiola takes the reins at Manchester City who has guided both Bayern Munich and Barcelona to periods of dominance.

Meanwhile current Italy manager Conte will be heading to west London following the end of Euro 2016 as Chelsea look to recover from a disappointing campaign which saw them dispense with Jose Mourinho’s services, who has been confirmed as Louis van Gaal’s successor at Manchester United. Meanwhile Walter Mazzarri is the new Watford manager.

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