2015/16 Finish: 15
2016/17 Preseason Ranking: 13
Sportify Rating: 1507
2015/16 Wagebill: £64M (higher than Leicester in 2015 season for perspective)
Stadium Capacity: 26,309 at Selhurst Park
Departures: Emmanuel Adebayor (released); Reise Allassani (released); Jerome Binnom-Williams (Peterborough); Marouane Chamakh (released); Connor Dymond (released); Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United); Jake Gray (Luton); David Gregory (Cambridge); Brede Hangeland (released); Chris Kettings (Oldham); Adrian Mariappa (released); Alex McCarthy (Southampton); Christian Scales (released)
Arrivals: Steve Mandanda (Marseille); James Tomkins (West Ham); Andros Townsend (Newcastle United)
The good: Chance creation
With speedsters like Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and recent signing Andros Townsend on the wings and a pass master like Yohan Cabaye in central midfield, Palace have the means to create chances. Their 42.7 xG last year was good for 12th best; however, the problem was that it only led to 39 goals, and their -3.7 goals-xG was the 4th worst tally last season.
The bad: Inconsistency
At the halfway point of last season, Palace were in 5th place having conceded only 16 goals in 19 games (T-2nd at the time) in the midst of a six game unbeaten run, but when the calendar switched to 2016, the wheels came off. Palace lost their first five games in 2016 and nine of their first 11 en route to taking only 11 points in the 2nd half of the season (2nd least in the league) while conceding 35 goals (3rd worst).
With more solid goalkeeping and a stable defense, the key question for Crystal Palace is whether they can convert the opportunities they create. They should be able to build on the last few years and solidify their place in the middle of the Premier League table.