It was a season of two halves in 2014/15 - Neil Warnock oversaw a largely disastrous campaign until Christmas, before Alan Pardew came in from Newcastle in early January, steadied the ship, and then sailed it to the Promised Land of the top half of the Premier League table in what was one of the stand-out stories of the season.
Ins and Outs
In a display of how united the club are under fans' favourite Pardew, the Eagles have kept the core of the squad together as well as added the experienced and talented midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Striker Patrick Bamford also comes in on loan from Chelsea after several successful seasons on loan in the Football League, and has already notched a hat-trick in pre-season.
Something of a character, Alan Pardew's managerial career has been marked by success and failure as well as no little controversy. But the man they call 'Pards' is clearly popular at Selhurst Park, has the fans united behind him and is a manager of real talent - as displayed by the job he's done in the seven months since taking the reins.
If certain managers suit certain clubs, Palace and Pardew are a perfect fit.
Expectations have certainly been raised since the heroics of last season, and another top ten finish has to be the aim this time around. Outside of the top six or seven clubs, there's not a huge amount for the Eagles to be scared of and there's absolutely no reason they can't trouble the top half. A central midfield balance of Cabaye and Mile Jedinak appeals.
Backing Palace to finish in the top ten again this season at anything bigger than 3.02/1 isn't a bad shout, purely because, aside from the top six or seven, there's nothing that Pardew's men should be worried about, especially at Selhurst Park where I fancy them to claim a few high-profile scalps. If anything Palace's home form was slightly disappointing last year, and if they can improve on that a top half finish is almost guaranteed.
Glenn Murray looks a decent bit of value to be in the top four goalscorers in the league this season at 25.024/1; he had an almost one-in-two record last year when he regained fitness and has scored goals wherever he's been.
With the addition of Patrick Bamford who is full of running and could stretch defences for Murray to take advantage of, 25.024/1 looks slightly generous. Provided he can stay fit, of course...