2023-24 has thus far been just about what you’d expect from Crystal Palace in the early doors of the new Premier League campaign under highly-respected manager and father figure Roy Hodgson.
An opening day win against promoted Sheffield United got the Eagles on the right foot, but then a clash with Arsenal was their first true early test; one in which they comported themselves well despite losing 1-0 at Selhurst Park. Despite Wilfried Zaha’s summer departure to Galatasaray, Palace still looks like a side capable of quite a few upsets as they look to perhaps push into the top half of the table due to a cadre of gifted talent at its core, with Eberechu Eze dazzling in certain phases against the Gunners as proof positive of that potential.
Brentford offer tricky opposition on Saturday at GTech stadium after Thomas Frank’s Bees started well in their own right, and they are a side that Palace have not managed to beat in their last six meetings, though five of which were draws and should offer a possible avenue for a share of the spoils across town.
Veteran manager Roy Hodgson has no fresh selection concerns ahead of another London derby on Saturday.
Star winger Michael Olise, new starlet Matheus França, and veteran midfielder Will Hughes all remain unfit for service as they recover from fitness issues. Expect to see the same XI that fought to a narrow loss against Arsenal last weekend, which could be capable enough to find points on the day.