2017–18 Crystal Palace F.C. season

The 2017–18 season was Crystal Palace's fifth consecutive season in the Premier League (which at that point had become their longest spell in the top division of English football) and the 112th year in their history.[3] That season, Crystal Palace participated in the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup. Frank de Boer was appointed as manager of Palace before the season began, only to be sacked on 11 September 2017 after losing his first four Premier League games without scoring. Former England national team manager Roy Hodgson was confirmed as his replacement the next day. Palace finished in 11th place in the Premier League, and were knocked out of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.

Crystal Palace
2017–18 season
ChairmanSteve Parish
Manager
StadiumSelhurst Park
Premier League11th
FA CupThird round
EFL CupFourth round
Top goalscorerLuka Milivojević (10)
Highest home attendance25,840 v Manchester United (5 March 2018)
Lowest home attendance6,607 v Huddersfield Town (19 September 2017)
Average home league attendance25,063
Biggest win5–0 v Leicester City,
Premier League, 28 April 2018
Biggest defeat0–5 v Manchester City,
Premier League, 23 September 2017
All statistics correct as of 5 May 2018.

The season covered the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

ReviewEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Crystal Palace started the season with the newly appointed Frank de Boer as manager,[4] following the close season resignation of Sam Allardyce. A number of players were released at the end of their contracts, including first-team players Fraizer Campbell, Mathieu Flamini and Joe Ledley. Steve Mandanda was sold back to Marseille after a single season with the club. Early July saw the arrival of Jaïro Riedewald on a permanent transfer from Ajax and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea. As a warm-up to the season, the team took part in the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong (where they won one game and lost one), and had friendlies against Metz and Schalke 04, both of which were drawn. A week before the season started, Timothy Fosu-Mensah was loaned in from Manchester United.

AugustEdit

Crystal Palace opened the Premier League season at home to newly promoted Huddersfield Town, a game they lost 0–3. An away defeat to Liverpool and another home defeat, to Swansea City, saw pressure grow on Frank de Boer. The first win of the season came against Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup. Transfer deadline-day saw the arrival of Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool, following a successful spell on loan at the end of the previous season.

SeptemberEdit

Following a fourth consecutive league defeat to Burnley, and with the team still goalless in the competition, Palace sacked De Boer on 11 September,[1] replacing him the next day with former England manager Roy Hodgson.[2] The poor run of league form continued with another three defeats, to Southampton, Manchester City and Manchester United. The second round of the Carabao Cup saw the team exact revenge for their opening day defeat by beating Huddersfield Town. By the end of the month, Crystal Palace were four points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table, with seven defeats and no goals scored.

OctoberEdit

After an international break at the start of the month, Crystal Palace finally won a game: defeating the reigning Premier League champions, Chelsea, at home by a score of 2–1. Palace took an early lead through an own-goal with Chelsea equalising soon after. Wilfried Zaha scored the winning goal on the stroke of half-time. The third round of the Carabao Cup saw Palace travel to play Championship team Bristol City. Despite opening the scoring, they ended up on the wrong end of a 4–1 defeat. The month finished with another away defeat, this time to Newcastle, and a 2–2 home draw with West Ham, with Zaha scoring an equaliser seven minutes into injury time at the end of the game.

NovemberEdit

An away defeat to Spurs started the month, but the turnaround in home form continued with a 2–2 draw with Everton and a 2–1 victory over Stoke. On 28 November, Crystal Palace travelled away to play rivals Brighton & Hove Albion, returning with their first away point of the season after a 0–0 draw. The match saw a significant number of Palace fans locked-out following allegations of crowd disturbances.[5] The local police reported a number of weapons were recovered at the match, a claim they later admitted was false.[6]

DecemberEdit

A second successive goalless away draw against West Bromwich Albion saw Crystal Palace move off the foot of the table for the first time in 11 games, though they returned there after another 2–2 home draw with AFC Bournemouth. During injury time at the end of this match, Palace were awarded a penalty. Despite Luka Milivojević scoring a penalty earlier in the match, striker Christian Benteke insisted on taking it and his weak effort was saved, leading to criticism from his manager and the press.[7] A home match with Watford saw Palace's habit of scoring late goals continue, with Bakary Sako and James McArthur scoring goals in the 89th and 91st minutes respectively to overcome a third-minute goal by their opponents. The next match was far less stressful: Palace were comfortable 3–0 winners over Leicester City, the match marking both the first away goals and the first away win of the league campaign, and moved the team up to 14th in the table. A further away point was gained with a draw at Swansea, which extended an unbeaten streak to eight matches, Palace's best ever in the Premier League. This run came to an end with a 2–3 home defeat to Arsenal before the year finished with a hard-fought scoreless draw with Manchester City. This match marked the end of City's 18-match winning streak in the Premier League, but saw season-ending injuries to both Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon and a late penalty miss by Luka Milivojević.

JanuaryEdit

The first game of the New Year saw Crystal Palace chalk-up their second away win of the season, against Southampton, with goals from James McArthur and Luka Milivojević overcoming an early goal from Shane Long for the hosts. In the third round of the FA Cup, Palace lost 2–1 to rivals Brighton, with former Eagle Glenn Murray scoring a late winner. Back in the league, the good run continued, with Bakary Sako scoring the only goal in the first half of the home game against Burnley. The next game saw an awful start by Palace, finding themselves four goals down within the first quarter of the away match against Arsenal. They staged a minor recovery, scoring the only goal in the second half to lose 4–1. Another local away match, this time against West Ham, ended in a 1–1 draw, with Christian Benteke scoring his second goal of the season to open the scoring before a penalty from Mark Noble evened the score just before half-time. During the transfer window, Crystal Palace bolstered their ranks with Polish defender Jarosław Jach and Norwegian striker Alexander Sørloth as permanent transfers and Swedish midfielder Erdal Rakip a loan-signing from Benfica. Squad-members Keshi Anderson and Freddie Ladapo left the club with Andre Coker and Sullay Kaikai loaned out.

CompetitionsEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
9 Leicester City 38 12 11 15 56 60 −4 47
10 Newcastle United 38 12 8 18 39 47 −8 44
11 Crystal Palace 38 11 11 16 45 55 −10 44
12 Bournemouth 38 11 11 16 45 61 −16 44
13 West Ham United 38 10 12 16 48 68 −20 42
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored. 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[8]

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 11 11 16 45 55  −10 44 7 5 7 29 27  +2 4 6 9 16 28  −12

Last updated: 13 May 2018.
Source: Premier League

Results by matchdayEdit

Matchday1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAHAHAAHAHAHHAAHHAAHHAHAAHAHHAAHAHAHAH
ResultLLLLLLLWLDLDWDDDWWDLDWWLDDLLLLWLDWDWWW
Position1919192020202020202020202020182018141616171412131314151718181617171614111111
Updated to match(es) played on 13 May 2018. Source: 11v11.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss
Notes: Positions in italics are weeks where not all teams had played the same number of games

MatchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

FA CupEdit

In the FA Cup, Crystal Palace entered the competition in the third round and were drawn away to Brighton & Hove Albion.[9]

EFL CupEdit

Crystal Palace entered the competition in the second round where they were drawn against Ipswich Town.[10] Another home tie was confirmed for the third round, against Huddersfield Town,[11] but in the fourth round Palace were drawn away against Bristol City.[12]

Pre-seasonEdit

Crystal Palace had five pre-season friendlies against Maidstone United,[13] Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion (2017 Premier League Asia Trophy),[14] Metz[15] and Schalke 04.[16]

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Julián Speroni
2   DF Joel Ward
3   DF Patrick van Aanholt
4   MF Luka Milivojević
5   DF James Tomkins
6   DF Scott Dann
7   MF Yohan Cabaye
8   MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek (on loan from Chelsea)
9   FW Alexander Sørloth
10   MF Andros Townsend
11   MF Wilfried Zaha
12   DF Mamadou Sakho
13   GK Wayne Hennessey
14   MF Lee Chung-yong
15   MF Jeffrey Schlupp
16   GK Diego Cavalieri
17   FW Christian Benteke
No. Position Player
18   MF James McArthur
21   FW Connor Wickham
23   DF Pape Souaré
24   DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah (on loan from Manchester United)
26   MF Bakary Sako
27   DF Damien Delaney
28   MF Jason Lokilo
29   MF Aaron Wan-Bissaka
30   GK Dion Henry
31   MF Erdal Rakip (on loan from Benfica)
32   FW Levi Lumeka
33   DF Jarosław Jach
34   DF Martin Kelly
37   FW James Daly
42   MF Jason Puncheon (club captain)
44   DF Jaïro Riedewald

Player statisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

As of 13 May 2018[17]
No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK   Julián Speroni 13 0 11 0 0 0 2 0
13 GK   Wayne Hennessey 29 0 27 0 1 0 1 0
Defenders
2 DF   Joel Ward 20 0 19 0 0 0 1 0
3 DF   Patrick van Aanholt 32 5 25+3 5 1 0 3 0
5 DF   James Tomkins 30 3 27+1 3 0 0 2 0
6 DF   Scott Dann 18 1 16+1 1 0 0 1 0
12 DF   Mamadou Sakho 20 1 18+1 1 0 0 1 0
15 DF   Jeffrey Schlupp 27 0 21+3 0 1 0 2 0
23 DF   Pape Souaré 4 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+2 0
24 DF   Timothy Fosu-Mensah 23 0 17+3 0 1 0 1+1 0
27 DF   Damien Delaney 4 0 1+1 0 1 0 0+1 0
29 MF   Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF   Martin Kelly 19 0 12+3 0 1 0 3 0
Midfielders
4 MF   Luka Milivojević 37 10 35+1 10 0 0 1 0
7 MF   Yohan Cabaye 34 0 28+3 0 1 0 1+1 0
8 MF   Ruben Loftus-Cheek 25 2 21+3 2 0 0 1 0
10 MF   Andros Townsend 39 2 35+1 2 1 0 1+1 0
11 MF   Wilfried Zaha 29 9 28+1 9 0 0 0 0
14 MF   Lee Chung-yong 10 0 1+6 0 0 0 2+1 0
18 MF   James McArthur 35 7 27+6 5 1 0 1 2
26 MF   Bakary Sako 19 6 4+12 3 1 1 2 2
28 MF   Jason Lokilo 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
42 MF   Jason Puncheon 12 0 6+4 0 0 0 2 0
44 MF   Jaïro Riedewald 15 0 4+8 0 1 0 2 0
Forwards
9 FW   Alexander Sørloth 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
17 FW   Christian Benteke 31 3 24+7 3 0 0 0 0
32 FW   Levi Lumeka 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0
Players out on loan
25 MF   Sullay Kaikai 4 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 2 0
Players transferred out during the season
19 FW   Freddie Ladapo 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0

GoalscorersEdit

As of 13 May 2018[17]
No. Pos. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
4 MF Luka Milivojević 10 0 0 10
11 MF Wilfried Zaha 9 0 0 9
18 MF James McArthur 5 0 2 7
26 MF Bakary Sako 3 1 2 6
3 DF Patrick van Aanholt 5 0 0 5
5 DF James Tomkins 3 0 0 3
17 FW Christian Benteke 3 0 0 3
10 MF Andros Townsend 2 0 0 2
8 MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek 2 0 0 2
12 DF Mamadou Sakho 1 0 0 1
6 DF Scott Dann 1 0 0 1
Own goal 1 0 0 1
Total 45 1 4 50

Disciplinary recordEdit

As of 5 May 2018[17][18]
No. Pos. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
               
4 MF Luka Milivojević 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
5 DF James Tomkins 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
3 DF Patrick van Aanholt 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
7 MF Yohan Cabaye 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
17 FW Christian Benteke 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
42 MF Jason Puncheon 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
11 MF Wilfried Zaha 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
18 MF James McArthur 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
6 DF Scott Dann 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2 DF Joel Ward 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
15 MF Jeffrey Schlupp 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
10 MF Andros Townsend 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
24 DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
12 DF Mamadou Sakho 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
34 DF Martin Kelly 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
44 DF Jaïro Riedewald 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
29 DF Aaron Wan-Bissaka 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
13 GK Wayne Hennessey 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
8 MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 72 0 1 0 3 0 76 0

TransfersEdit

Transfers inEdit

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
24 July 2017 CB   Jaïro Riedewald Ajax £8,000,000 [19]
4 August 2017 GK   Dion Henry Peterborough United Free [20]
31 August 2017 CB   Mamadou Sakho Liverpool £26,000,000 [21]
23 January 2018 DF   Jarosław Jach Zagłębie Lubin Undisclosed [22]
31 January 2018 FW   Alexander Sørloth Midtjylland Undisclosed [23]
2 March 2018 GK   Diego Cavalieri Fluminense Free-agent [24]

Transfers outEdit

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
30 June 2017 FW   Corie Andrews Free Agent Released [25]
30 June 2017 CF   Kwesi Appiah AFC Wimbledon Released [25][a]
30 June 2017 FW   Jonathan Benteke Omonia Released [25][b]
30 June 2017 FW   Fraizer Campbell Hull City Released [25][c]
30 June 2017 CB   Luke Croll Exeter City Released [25][d]
30 June 2017 MF   Mathieu Flamini Free Agent Released [25]
30 June 2017 DF   Zeki Fryers Barnsley Released [25][e]
30 June 2017 DF   Ryan King-Elliott Free Agent Released [25]
30 June 2017 MF   Joe Ledley Derby County Released [25][f]
30 June 2017 MF   Randell Williams Watford Released [25][g]
30 June 2017 DF   Ben Wynter Bromley Released [25]
11 July 2017 GK   Steve Mandanda Marseille Undisclosed [33]
1 August 2017 DF   Callum Sturgess Colchester United Free [34]
31 August 2017 MF   Hiram Boateng Exeter City Free [35]
1 September 2017 GK   Kleton Perntreou Welling United Released [25][h]
12 January 2018 MF   Noor Husin Notts County Undisclosed [37]
16 January 2018 FW   Keshi Anderson Swindon Town Undisclosed [38]
31 January 2018 FW   Freddie Ladapo Southend United Undisclosed [39]
9 March 2018 MF   Michael Phillips Maidstone United Free [40]
  1. ^ Kwesi Appiah joined AFC Wimbledon following his release.[26]
  2. ^ Jonathan Benteke joined Omonia following his release.[27]
  3. ^ Fraizer Campbell joined Hull City following his release.[28]
  4. ^ Luke Croll joined Exeter City following his release.[29]
  5. ^ Zeki Fryers joined Barnsley following his release.[30]
  6. ^ Joe Ledley joined Derby County following his release.[31]
  7. ^ Randell Williams joined Watford following his release.[32]
  8. ^ Kleton Perntreou joined Welling United following his release.[36]

Loans inEdit

Start date Position Nationality Name From End date Ref.
12 July 2017 CM   Ruben Loftus-Cheek Chelsea 30 June 2018 [41]
10 August 2017 DF   Timothy Fosu-Mensah Manchester United 30 June 2018 [42]
22 January 2018 MF   Erdal Rakip Benfica End of season [43]

Loans outEdit

Start date Position Nationality Name To End date Ref.
31 August 2017 SS   Keshi Anderson Swindon Town January 2018 [44]
31 August 2017 CB   Ryan Inniss Colchester United 30 June 2018 [45]
31 August 2017 AM   Jonny Williams Sunderland 30 June 2018 [46]
26 January 2018 FW   Andre Coker Maidstone United 30 June 2018 [47]
26 January 2018 FW   Sullay Kaikai Charlton Athletic 30 June 2018 [48]
2 March 2018 MF   Jordon Mutch Vancouver Whitecaps 31 December 2018 [49]

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