Dougie Freedman delighted Crystal Palace will begin and end at home
EAGLES boss Dougie Freedman says it is fantastic to be starting and finishing the new season at home.
The fixture list has thrown up a home match with Watford on the opening day of the season, while Palace will also finish the season at Selhurst Park, against Peterborough United.
And Freedman said you couldn't really ask for any more, adding that he looked forward to taking on the Hornets – four years after the sides last met on opening day at Selhurst Park in a 0-0 draw.
He said: "It is fantastic really.
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"All you could ask for would be a home start and it will be good to get the season off and running at Selhurst Park.
"I can visualise a sunny day and a packed crowd coming to see some exciting new players."
Freedman said the rest of the season would take care of itself, with Palace facing every side twice over the course of the campaign.
However, the Eagles' festive fixtures will require their fans to travel to Cardiff on Boxing Day and Nottingham Forest on Saturday, December 29, before a home match with Wolves on New Year's Day.
And the fixtures computer has not been kind to Palace at Easter either, with a home match against Birmingham followed by a long trip to Blackpool.
However, Palace fans do have several fixtures to look forward to, with London counterparts Charlton and Millwall both in the Championship this season, alongside the Eagles' fierce rivals; Brighton & Hove Albion.
And Freedman said it was good for the fans to have so many exciting games to look forward to.
He said: "It does bring a certain level of excitement to the games.
"It will be tough with all these derbies, but we were unbeaten in the derby games last year and we will be looking to keep that record."
Meanwhile, Freedman said he expects the Championship to be even tougher this season, with the likes of Wolverhampton, Bolton and Blackburn coming down from the Premier League.
He said: "Wolves have just spent good money on a new striker [Icelandic forward Bjorn Sigurdarson from Norwegian side Lillestrom], which shows what we are up against.
"We have got to have expectations of where we are – we are trying to get better and we believe we are doing that.
"We can't go out and spend £4m on a striker, but we have to look at different options and perhaps a couple of free transfers."
Freedman added that he hoped Palace could make one or two additions before the start of the season that would excite the fans, adding that following a short break, he was "itching to get going".