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Wolexis Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace, Everton, Huddersfield, Leicester and Liverpool

Crystal Palace The Eagles welcome new manager Frank de Boer as former manager Sam Allardyce’s resignation caught everyone by surprise…

Crystal Palace
The Eagles welcome new manager Frank de Boer as former manager Sam Allardyce’s resignation caught everyone by surprise. The new manager is a different type of manager from Big Sam and has said he hopes to play attractive football like Ajax.

Crystal Palace finished 14th last season with some big wins towards the end. The Dutchman has already lined up this season with a 3-4-3 formation, a formation that had worked for him at Ajax.

Everton 
The Toffees brought in veteran striker Wayne Rooney and lost Romelu Lukaku in return to Man Utd. Ronald Koeman has been very active in the transfer market as he looks to break into the top four and secure Champions League football.

Would Everton be able to get in there when you compare the teams that are above them this season?

Huddersfield
Great to see the Terriers back in the big time, and they will be nobody’s pushovers because David Wagner’s team will work their socks off every week.

I like Aaron Mooy’s energy in midfield – but to stay up, Huddersfield will need somebody to score at least 15 goals… and I’m not sure they have that talisman who will lead them to the magic 40-point survival mark.

Leicester
Now the storm clouds have dispersed, and Craig Shakespeare has steered the ship through choppy waters, it should be plain sailing towards mid-table.

We’ve done the great escape, the 5,000-1 title miracle and the fairytale run to Champions League quarter-finals – surely the Foxes are due a quieter season… aren’t they? New arrival Kelechi Iheanacho’s partnership with Jamie Vardy will be worth watching.

Liverpool
They were top of the league until December last year but failed the last the course after Sadio Mane went to the African Cup of Nations and a grim sequence of cup results in January undermined their confidence.

Can they go all the way this year? Not sure about that, but Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke will strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s hand – and keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho will be key.