Palace’s squad have touched down in Hong Kong ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy this week.
The squad plus Frank de Boer and his coaching staff have completed their 12-hour, 5,980 mile trip to the Far East, where they will take on Liverpool on Wednesday and either Leicester City or West Bromwich Albion the following Saturday, as well as participate in activities with local fans and youngsters.
It is Palace’s first visit to the region since 1995, which will mark their first appearance in the bi-annual competition which began in 2003. The 2017 edition features four Premier League teams for the first time in its history, and will be the fourth time that Hong Kong has hosted the competition.
According to official statistics, there are 3.1 million football fans in Hong Kong of which, 2.7 million adults follow the Premier League each week, among a population of 5.5 million adults. Therefore, it is no surprise that tickets for both days of the tournament sold out within days, meaning the Eagles are sure to get a warm welcome when they run out at the Hong Kong Stadium in three days’ time.