Crystal Palace and Leeds United will meet in a pre-season friendly at the Optus Stadium in Australia on Friday with kickoff at 1:05 pm.
Crystal Palace head coach Patrick Vieira will look to build on the Eagles’ 12th-place finish in the Premier League as well as their FA Cup semi-final berth from last season.
The Frenchman made a number of shrewd acquisitions to bolster his squad last summer, and he has delved into the transfer market once again ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, recruiting Cheick Doucoure, Sam Johnstone and Malcolm Ebiowei.
He has had to cope with a somewhat fragmented pre-season so far this summer, with only 10 senior players travelling on the club’s pre-season tour of Australia.
Several youth players were handed minutes in their most recent friendly Down Under against Man United, with the Red Devils winning 3–1 in Melbourne.
After narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League last season, Jesse Marsch has overseen a busy summer transfer window at Elland Road.
The Whites have lost midfielders Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, but they have responded by recruiting seven new players, including midfielder Brenden Aaronson, defender Rasmus Kristensen and attacking midfielder Marc Roca. Marsch began pre-season with a comfortable 4-0 win over Blackpool, before beating Brisbane Roar 2-1 Down Under last week.
Crystal Palace vs Leeds United Head to Head
Both sides have 11 games against each other with hosts taking two wins while visitors with six wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Man United 3-1 Crystal Palace
- Crystal Palace 4-2 Ipswich Town
- Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace
- Crystal Palace 1-0 Man United
- Aston Villa 1-0 Leeds
- Brisbane 1-2 Leeds
- Leeds 4-0 Blackpool
- Brentford 1-2 Leeds
Crystal Palace Team News
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira may give 10 first-team players a chance to play against the New York Red Bulls, while youngsters such as goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and forward Odsonne Edouard could get another opportunity to impress. Goalkeeper Jack Butland and defender Ebiowei Eboigbe could also start this match instead of Guaita and Edouard.
Leeds United Team News
Marsch will look to build on his team’s momentum with another good result against Blackpool. Junior Firpo could miss the first month of the new season after picking up an injury against Blackpool earlier this month and with Stuart Dallas also ruled out long-term, Leif Davis is expected to continue at left-back.
Prediction and Odds
Both sides will be keen to return to winning ways and build momentum heading into the new season, but it’s unlikely that either side will emerge victorious.
- Double Chance
- Goals Over 2.5