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Preview: Crystal Palace v Schalke 04

5 August 2017

Palace conclude their pre-season preparations by returning to Selhurst Park to take on Schalke 04 just seven days before the start of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

It will be the Eagles’ first outing in SE25 since they hammered Hull City 4-0 back in May to secure their place in the top-flight for a record-breaking fifth successive season, and will also mark Frank de Boer’s first appearance in the dugout at his new home.

Having won two and drawn one of their four friendlies to date, it has been an encouraging start to the Dutchman’s tenure and he’ll be aiming to make it three games unbeaten against the German giants to build up more momentum ahead of the visit of Huddersfield Town for Premier League action next week.

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On the field things have been going well for Die Knappen, who have won six of their seven pre-season matches with the only blemish being a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan in China, where they also beat Besiktas 3-2.

Pre-season began with a 9-1 thrashing of SpVgg Erkenschwick, and last week saw them feature in Austria where they beat Azerbaijani outfit Neftci and Spanish side Eibar. The game against Palace will be their final match ahead of the Bundesliga opener against Red Bull Leipzig in two weeks’ time.

Transfer activity has also been promising for Schalke, who have spent big money on Nabil Bentaleb from Tottenham Hotspur and Ukrainian international Yevhen Konoplyanka who has already netted four times during the summer. Even better news is that they have managed to hold onto the services of hot prospects Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka despite interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Opposition view

After Schalke finished tenth in the Bundesliga last season, their lowest league position for seven years, they parted ways with head coach Markus Weinzierl but threw a curveball when it came to his replacement by appointing 31-year-old Domenico Tedesco in what is his first job as a head coach.

Ahead of the game against Palace, he said: “I'm looking forward to this game as it'll be a good test against a good opponent. Crystal Palace is a team which likes to attack quickly and which turns the play around quickly. It will be interesting to see how we react to that. I don't see this match as a final dress rehearsal though, as we're in a process which will go on and on.” 

Team news

De Boer once again has a full squad to select from, with Pape Souare and Connor Wickham the only long-term injuries. Having got 45 minutes against Metz last week, Jairo Reidewald is likely to get a longer run-out as he builds up his fitness ahead of the new season.

After starring for Germany in the FIFA Confederations Cup triumph in the summer, Goretzka suffered a muscle injury during training upon his return to his club side and won’t travel to south London. Skipper Benedikt Howedes is also working his way back to full fitness following a hip operation, while Alessandro Schöpf is out with a knee injury. However, Breel Embolo has returned after a lengthy lay-off with a broken ankle.

Watch out for

One of German football’s brightest talents, Meyer has been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool this summer after he rejected Schalke’s offer of an improved deal, with his current terms due to expire at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

He starred in the summer’s UEFA Under-21 European Championships where he played a key role in Germany’s success and was named in the Team of the Tournament. After helping their under-23 side to a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics, he won an additional three full caps having made his full international debut just before the 2014 World Cup.

Tickets, matchday info and coverage

Tickets for this match are now on sale priced at:

Members and Season Ticket holders:
Adults: £15
Junior and Senior Concessions: £5
Under 12s: free with an Adult or Senior Concession ticket.

Other Prices: 
Adults: £20
Junior and Concessions: £10
Under 12s: free with an Adult or Senior Concession ticket.

Book online now

The all-new CPFC Fanzone will be open this Saturday for fans to experience for the first time.

Located outside Selhurst Park’s Main Stand reception and following major renovations over the summer, the Fanzone will be open from midday tomorrow – more information.

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to SE25 for the game, there will be live commentary on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from 7.30pm on Saturday evening.


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