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Crystal Palace news: Hodgson wary of newboys

7 months ago

In the latest Crystal Palace news, Roy Hodgson believes Fulham will provide a “severe test” when they clash on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

Hodgson is set to embark on his first full season as Palace manager after being drafted in to replace Frank de Boer in September 2017.

He managed to get their 2017-18 campaign back on track following a disappointing start under the Dutchman.

Palace, who are priced at 5/1 to be relegated with bet365, lost their opening four league games without scoring a single goal and De Boer was subsequently given the boot just 10 weeks after taking charge.

Everything seems to be running smoothly so far ahead of the new season, having gone through pre-season unbeaten, but the real test is yet to come as they prepare to begin competitive action.

The former England boss is hoping his men can build on their pre-season experiences when they travel to take on newly promoted Fulham in the league on Saturday.

Hodgson said: “I am just hoping that the good stuff we have experienced in this pre-season will stay with us and we will find the extra edge to our game that we may need to compete with a Premier League opponent as opposed to those we have met so far.”

The 70-year-old spent three years in charge of Fulham between 2007 and 2010 and he knows just how difficult it can be to take points away from Craven Cottage.

Fulham made a late charge for promotion to come through the play-offs last term and Hodgson is expecting a “severe test” at the weekend.

He added: “Fulham, who have been out of the league for four years, but have now come back to the place where I believe they belong, so it will be a big occasion with a fantastic atmosphere and we will be put to a severe test that day.”