Match one – vs West Bromwich Albion at home.
An easy start in cycling terms, with just the normal seven and a half miles each way to Selhurst Park.
The football, on the other hand, was not so good. Palace – with key players missing from midfield and no new striker signed yet – looked disjointed and struggled to break down a typical Tony Pulis team. If Wilfried Zaha had scored from his one on one chance at 0-0 then it might have been different. But in truth, West Brom deserved the win, and Rondon might have scored on more than one occasion before settling the match in the 74th minute. It could be a very long season if this performance was indicative of what is to come.