Crystal Palace v Lazio: Match preview

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Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace host Serie A side Lazio on Saturday in their final pre-season match of the summer.

Ian Holloway's first pre-season campaign at the south London side has been relatively successful as the former Blackpool manager has guided the Eagles to four wins out of a possible five.

Palace's only defeat of the summer came at the end of July against Crawley Town - when Holloway's side were defeated 3-0 at the League One side's Broadfield Stadium.

The match against Lazio will be ideal preparation for Palace's first Premier League game of the season against Tottenham on August 18.

Summer signings Dwight Gayle, Jerome Thomas, Elliot Grandin and Jose Campana are all likely to make their home debuts for their new side. 

Paddy McCarthy has been made available for the friendly encounter after the Irishman completed 45 minutes against Dulwich Hamlet in midweek - in what was the centre-back's first match in over a year.

First team regulars such as captain Mile Jedinak, goalkeeper Julian Speroni and winger Yannick Bolasie - who got on the scoresheet against Dulwich on Tuesday - are also expected to feature.


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