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Crystal Palace and West Ham to spend preseason in Australia

Crystal Palace and West Ham United will spend part of their preseason this summer in Australia.

Palace will play two matches in the state of Queensland, Australia, this July as part of the club's pre-season preparations for the 2020/21 campaign, in a first trip of its kind for the Eagles. Palace will compete against Brisbane Roar and West Ham United for the inaugural EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup.

Palace's first encounter down under will see the club take on Brisbane Roar at the brand-new, 25,000 capacity Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville on Saturday, 11 July. The Queensland-based side currently stand in sixth place in the A-League, and are managed by former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler.

Palace will then travel 830 miles south to play West Ham United at the 52,500 seater Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, 18 July.

Palace chairman Steve Parish remarked: "We are absolutely delighted to be visiting Australia for the first time in the club's history. It will be fantastic to witness Crystal Palace play against two excellent teams in these wonderful stadiums in front of our Australian fans.

“The tour comes at a crucial stage of our pre-season so the fitness programme and the games are important, but we also look forward to spending time exploring stunning Queensland and meeting as many people as we can."

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