FIFA 23 Crystal Palace Career Mode Guide: Starting Lineup, Who to Sign & more

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Crystal Palace have been going steadily in the Premier League for a good few years now and Patrick Viera has done a great job bringing young, exciting talent to the side.

However, success still eludes the Eagles and there is still lots of work to do to get near to competing with the best clubs in the English top flight.

So, we're providing you with all the tools to be successful as the Crystal Palace manager in FIFA 23 Career Mode.

Team Rating

Crystal Palace has a four-star rating in FIFA 23.

The breakdown of the ratings is as follows: ATT 77, MID 75, DEF 76.

Starting Lineup and Formation

The Eagles set up in the 4-3-3 holding formation by default in FIFA 23 as this is the system Crystal Palace tend to use in real life.

We wouldn't stray too far from this set-up as it allows the team to be defensively stable whilst posing an attacking threat, but you can switch to the attacking variation if you wish to use a traditional number 10.

French striker Odsonne Edouard spearheads the attacking trio and is supported by wingers Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew.

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THE EAGLES - This Crystal Palace team has some great young talents

Cheick Doucoure anchors the midfield three with the exciting Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise operating just in the more creative number eight roles.

In the full-back positions, we've gone for Tyrick Mitchell and Nathaniel Clyne, whilst Chris Richards partners Marc Guehi in the heart of the defence.

35-year-old Spanish GK Vicente Guaita is the man between the sticks.

Tactics and Instructions

Odsonne Edouard is the main goalscorer in the side, so we want to give him every chance at getting a sight of goal.

In order to do this, instruct the number nine to Stay Forward, Stay Central and Get In Behind.

Both full-backs, Tyrick Mitchell and Nathaniel Clyne have theirlimitations going forward, so instruct the wing-backs to Stay Back While Attacking and leave the creative stuff to the forwards.

You'll want your defensive midfielder, Cheick Doucoure to break everything up in the midfield. Setting him on Cover Centre and Stay Back While Attacking will give him the best chance to do so.


This Palace squad holds a number of players who have plenty of room for growth in FIFA 23 Career Mode.

You should focus on developing big centre-half Marc Guehi (POT 86) as he can become a truly world-class defender in the years to come.

Central midfielders Eberechi Eze (POT 81) and Michael Olise (POT 83) can develop into a top midfield duo with just a couple of seasons of training.

You should also make sure to train promising youngsters Tyrick Mitchell (POT83) and Chris Richards (POT 82) as they can grow into quality defenders.

Transfer Market

Starting budget: £42.37 million

Who should go?

The Eagles squad currently has a number of ageing pros who can be sold in order to generate funds for future signings.

The likes of James Tompkins (OVR 72), Luka Milivojevic (OVR 74), Joel Ward (OVR 74) and James McArthur (OVR 75) can all be sold.

The sales of these four players combined will increase the transfer budget by roughly £9 million.

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TIME TO GO - Milivojevic's Palace career has run its course

Despite possessing real quality in real life, centre-half Joachim Andersen (OVR 77) just doesn't fit the meta in FIFA 23.

The 26-year-old Denmark international can be sold for around £15 million.

Jean-Philippe Mateta (OVR 76) is in a similar boat. The sale of the French striker can generate a further £10 million for future sales.

The following youngsters can also be sold as their potential rating is not high enough in FIFA 23 to challenge for a first-team spot:

Killian Phillips, Tayo Adaramola, Nathan Ferguson


Crystal Palace has a number of players who would benefit from getting regular minutes elsewhere.

18-year-old Malcolm Ebiowei (POT 78) can grow by a whopping 13 overall points. A loan for the English winger would do him the world of good.

Teenagers Joe Whitworth (POT 76), Victor Akinwale (POT 76) and Jack Wells-Morrison (POT 77) all need loan spells in order to fast-track their development too.

Who to Sign

New transfer budget: £77.37 million

Top-Class Winger

The clear weakness in the Crystal Palace lineup lies with the right-winger, Jordan Ayew. Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele (OVR 83) is the perfect candidate to replace the ageing forward.

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FRENCH FLAIR - Dembele has the skills to pay the bills

The French attacker can play across the front line and boasts five-star skill moves and a five-star weak foot.

The exciting 25-year-old will instantly be one of the best players in the squad and can develop into an 86 OVR card in FIFA 23 Career Mode.

Transfer Options (RM/LM/RW/LW)

Player Age Club Cost Wage OVR POT
Wilfried Zaha29Crystal Palace£26m£73k8282
Hirving Lozano26Napoli£24m£59k8181
Allan Saint-Maximin25Newcastle£28m£82k8183
Leon Bailey24Aston Villa£25m£66k8083
Adama Traore26Wolves£18m£77k7980

Dominant Centre-Half

With the sales of James Tompkins and Joachim Andersen, you'll need to buy another centre-back to bolster the ranks.

23-year-old Benfica defender Joao Victor (OVR 76) is just the man for the job.


The pacey Brazilian CB can be picked up for around £15 million and will grow into a top-class defender, with a potential of 84 OVR.

Transfer Options (CB)

Player Age Club Cost Wage OVR POT
Castello Lukeba19Lyon£13m£22k7686
Tanguy Nianzou20Sevilla£6m£11k7385
Micky van de Ven21Wolfsburg£3.7m£15k7185
Antonio Silva18Benfica£2.8m£2k6987

Board Expectations

The most important target to focus on as Palace manager are the Financial expectations, which are of a high priority.

You don't need to worry too much about the three low-priority expectations - Youth Development, Brand Exposure and Domestic Success.

You are not in any European competitions, so Continental Success is not to be worried about, thus being a very low priority.