The new Premier League season gets underway in just a few weeks and while some clubs have bolstered their squads for the new season, others still have unfinished business.
Ahead of the upcoming campaign, a club such as Crystal Palace will look for inspiration from the Leicester City story and say to themselves, “Why not us?!”
Why Palace will finish in the Top 6
The Eagles have been on the move in the transfer market this offseason and the signing of Andros Townsend has caught the eye, while the arrivals of James Tomkins and Steven Mandanda have also been welcomed by the fans.
Townsend in particular, is a quality player and the winger has the potential to be a double-digit goalscorer for the Eagles if he can sustain his form throughout the entire season.
Reports have also indicated that Palace have placed a bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, signaling that the Eagles are have some unfinished transfer business and are currently looking to add to their strike force.
Palace completed the quality signing of Townsend this summer
Palace have been one of the more active “mid-table” clubs in the summer and there is certainly a lot of ambition shown by manager Alan Pardew and the ownership.
Everton, West Ham, and Stoke City, are perhaps the clubs that will be fighting with Palace for that 6th place finish in the Premier League and although a lot can change in the coming weeks, the aforementioned teams have been relatively quiet this transfer window and this will certainly give Palace a lot of optimism of finishing in the top 6.
Why Palace will not finish in the Top 6
Scoring goals has been the main issue for Palace and until they can confirm a deal for a quality striker, a top 6 finish remains unrealistic.
Dwight Gayle, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Marouane Chamakh have all moved on from the club and with Yannick Bolasie expected to leave, firepower up front is sorely lacking at the moment.
Palace lost the services of Gayle to Newcastle
Furthermore, it looks as if the traditional Top 4 clubs, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal will be expected to challenge for the title once again, which sends the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, and Leicester City down a few rungs on the ladder, thus making it that much more difficult for Palace to earn a shock top 6 finish.
To bet or not to bet?
Palace currently sits at 25/1 odds to finish in the Top 6 and while many supporters will look to the Leicester City story and be tempted to wager on a long shot with Palace as well, those looking to bet should remember to stay responsible – check out Safer Gaming for more information.
It would probably be wise to steer clear of expecting a top 6 finish for the Eagles as a lack of quality up front and too much strength of the traditional powerhouses of the Premier league will probably lead Palace to another mid-table finish.
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