Champions Chelsea lined up for Selhurst Park friendly

Chelsea, winners of the Premier League and FA Cup double last season, will provide Crystal Palace’s sternest pre-season test when they visit Selhurst Park on Saturday, July 17.

The visit of the champions, less than a week after the World Cup final in South Africa, could attract a money-spinning full-house for cash-strapped Palace and their new owners.

Although Palace sidestepped immediate financial oblivion earlier this week thanks to the takeover by the CPFC2010 consortium, which reunited the ownership of the football club with the Selhurst Park ground with a £4 million deal, the fine detail of the takeover deal remains to be finalised.

Today, David “Kid” Jensen, Palace’s biggest celebrity fan and a member of the consortium, sought to allay concerns when he Tweeted that “CPFC2010 are looking forward to meeting the media and addressing the fans as soon as the relevant paperwork is completed”.

Palace’s other pre-season fixtures are generally low-key, including visits of the reserves side to Sutton United, plus matches at non-league Croydon Athletic and Dulwich Hamlet. The Chelsea game will precede a brief, week-long tour to the west country, taking in games at Dorchester and Exeter.

The full details are:

Tue July 13: Crawley T v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)

Wed July 14: Sutton Utd v Crystal Palace Reserves (7.45pm)

Sat July 17: Crystal Palace v Chelsea (3pm)

Wed July 21: Dorchester T v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)

Fri July 23: Exeter v Crystal Palace (6.30pm)

Tue July 27: Croydon A v Crystal Palace (7.30pm)

Fri July 30: Brentford v Crystal Palace (8pm)

Tue Aug 3: Dulwich H v Crystal Palace XI (7.30pm)

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