Opposition View: ‘A nice run in the FA Cup and a mid-table finish is about right for Palace’

We catch up with Crystal Palace fan Max Peters ahead of our Premier League clash

Crystal Palace v West Ham, Barclays Premier League, 03 December 2013

How do you feel about Palace’s start to the season?

Max: The start to the season has been pretty much as expected. We’ve lost to Villa, Arsenal and Newcastle who are very good opposition. We beat Man United away, which is a fantastic result. We’ve also kept four clean sheets so far which is the joint most. We’ve been pretty good defensively this season but we have struggled to score goals. We’ve been unlucky with injuries this season with Olise and now Eze is also injured for a while. Hopefully they can both be back soon as they are integral to the side.

Is there a new signing for us to look out for?

Max: Matheus Franca and Dean Henderson have been our only real money signings this summer and Matheus has been injured so haven’t really played much. He’s a young attacking midfielder who we signed from Brazil. He’s only 19 years old and is highly thought of in Brazil having scored seven goals last season. Jeffery Lerma, who we signed from Bournemouth, has come into the side and has been good so far. Hopefully he can keep it up.

And as for departures, Wilfred Zaha left in summer to play for Galatasaray in Turkey. Did you see that coming?

Max: I did to be honest. He’s been a great servant to the club having been here for so many years. I had been expecting Wilf to leave for the past couple of seasons. He was a delight to watch every week and cannot thank him enough for everything he did for the club.

Marc Guéhi is now making the England team. How good of a player is he for Palace?

Max: Marc is exceptional and started the season brilliantly. It was no surprise at all to see Southgate picking him in the England set up and it’s also no surprise that the big six clubs are also sniffing around after him. Ever since he joined the club at 20 years old, you could see the talent that he had and I’m so happy he’s now getting the recognition he deserves.

Palace have a very tough December fixture list playing Liverpool, Man City, Brighton, Chelsea and Brentford. How many do you see yourself winning?

Max: I fancy us to beat Brighton at home as it’s the fixture I look forward to the most every season, but anyone at home I’m confident we can beat. Selhurst Park has a wonderful atmosphere and can get rocking and an intimidating place to come to.

What are Palace’s aims for this season?

Max: The same as every season. I’d love to say challenge for the European places but unfortunately I don’t think this current squad is good enough and we don’t have the budget for it unfortunately. Realistically the aim would be a mid table finish with no worries about being in a relegation battle at all. A nice run in the FA Cup would be very handy too and I would love to have another day at Wembley.

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