Crystal Palace vs Trabzonspor Match Analysis & Prediction
07/12/2022 7:00 pm
Crystal Palace play their second mid-season friendly on Wednesday, with the Premier League club preparing to take on Turkish giants Trabzonspor at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.
While the Eagles played out a goalless draw with Botafogo on Saturday, Trabzonspor were in action against Hull City on the same day, drawing 1-1 with the Championship side.
Crystal Palace actually have three more friendlies in the diary, following this game with matches against Napoli and Real Valladolid on December 11 and December 16 respectively.
Patrick Vieira’s side will then be back in competitive action against Fulham in the Premier League on Boxing Day, and they will be looking to return to winning ways following the 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest last time out.
However, Palace have won three of their last five matches in the league, which has left them in 11th position in the table, having 19 points from their opening 14 matches of the campaign.
Palace have not been in the top half of the top flight since 2014-15, so Vieira could potentially oversee a strong campaign if his side can continue to put victories on the board upon their return to competitive action.
Meanwhile, Trabzonspor were last in competitive action against Ankaragucu on November 11, playing out a 1-1 draw in the Turkish Super League, with the result leaving them in seventh place in the table.
They are the reigning Turkish champions, and are just six points behind current leaders Fenerbahce in the top flight, so seventh place is perharps better than it sounds.
Abdullah Avci’s side played out a 1-1 draw with Hull City on Saturday and they now have two more non-competitive matches against Crystal Palace and Kasimpasa.
Trabzonspor will then be in action in the Turkish Cup against Samsunspor on December 20 before a home fixture against Fenerbahce in the league on December 24.
Avci’s side have actually drawn each of their last three games, with their last victory coming 1-0 over Ferencvaros in the Europa League at the start of November.
Crystal Palace vs. Trabzonspor Head to head
These two teams have not previously met in any competition and this will be their first meeting in a club friendly.
07/12/2022Crystal PalaceN/ATrabzonsporN/AClub Friendlies
Crystal Palace Team News
Patrick Vieira has confirmed that Chris Richards is set to be given minutes against Trabzonspor after recovering from a thigh injury, while Wilfred Zaha should start for the Eagles.
Tyrick Mitchell, Marc Guehi and Michael Olise may also be among those to feature in the first XI for Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace's Last 5 Matches
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12/11/2022Nottingham Forest1Crystal Palace0Premier League
03/12/2022Crystal Palace0Botafogo0Club Friendlies
Trabzonspor Team News
A strong Trabzonspor starting lineup is likely to take to the pitch, with Trezeguet potentially lining up on the left, with Vitor Hugo, Bruno Peres and Marek Hamsik also being in the side.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Enis Bardhi are again set to feature off the bench in the second half.
Trabzonspor's Last 5 Matches
27/10/2022Red Star Belgrade2Trabzonspor1Europa League
03/12/2022Trabzonspor1Hull City1Club Friendlies
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