Who is Oliver Glasner and how will he boost Palace goalscorer odds vs Everton?

Who is Oliver Glasner? The Austrian coach is set to join Crystal Palace following the Eagles’ recent slide down the Premier League table under Roy Hodgson. 

Former England boss Hodgson will leave his role after just two league wins in his last 13 games in charge. Hodgson’s assistants Ray Lewington and Paddy McCarthy will take charge of the South Londoners' trip to Everton this Monday, but Glasner will likely be watching to assess his new side.

With the former Eintracht Frankfurt gaffer heading to Palace, we look at his coaching history, tactics and how he could rejuvenate the Eagles’ frontline. 

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Who is the incoming Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner? Photo by Icon Sport

Who is Oliver Glasner? – The intense former Europa League winner

Glasner moved into management in 2014 with Austrian side SV Ried, where he made over 500 appearances as a defender.

After just one season with the club, Glasner moved to LASK Linz and helped his new side gain promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga. He then led the side to a fourth-place finish and into Europa League qualifying.

Glasner shifted to the Bundesliga in his next move and took over at Wolfsburg. Glasner continued to show great consistency here, taking the club into the Europa League in his first season, and then into the Champions League in 2020/21. 

Eintracht Frankfurt moved for Glasner before the 2021/22 season. At Deutsche Bank Park, the   Austrian coach won the 2021/22 Europa League and reached the 2022/23 DFB-Pokal final.

Tactically, the 49-year-old favours a 3-4-2-1 system with little fluidity between player roles on the pitch. 

However, the clinical attacking output is central to the Austrian’s approach, and he has a track record of getting his strikers firing. Some former players Glasner has improved include Wout Weghorst and Kolo Randal Muaini. 

In particular, Weghorst showed impressive form under Glasner at Wolfsburg as the Dutchman netted 45 goals in 84 games.

Palace will also be expected to improve on their possession stats for the season too with Glasner at the helm. The coach prefers his sides to control possession, which will contrast with the defence-first setup under Hodgson. Such an approach has seen Palace have an average of just 41% possession in the 2023/24 Premier League. 

Ultimately, Glasner will bring a higher intensity to Selhurst Park in attack. Yet a challenge will come from joining mid-season, after a transfer window, so Glasner will demand maximum effort from his players to get up to speed quickly. 

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Jordan Ayew scored first in his last goalscoring appearance for Crystal Palace – Photo by Icon Sport

Palace goalscorer odds vs Everton – Ayew to strike early

First goalscorer – Jordan Ayew – 16/1

In the absence of key attackers Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze, Jordan Ayew will look to provide Palace’s goal-scoring threat against Everton. 

Ayew has been a reliable performer under Hodgson this season and provided seven goal contributions throughout the campaign. The Ghanaian forward also gets into promising positions and isn’t afraid to take shots at goal, with 1.6 shots attempted per game.

Ayew’s last goal came in December in the Eagles’ 1-1 home draw with Brighton. It was the match opener, and the experienced attacker will be looking to get back amongst the early goals at Goodison Park. 

Anytime goalscorer – Jean-Philippe Mateta – 5/1

Jean-Philippe Mateta has been Palace’s first-choice striker recently. The towering centre-forward has started up front in the Eagle’s last four matches.

Although Mateta is more renowned for his hold-up play, he also contributes with the occasional goal, with three strikes this season. In addition, the French striker travels well, and his last two goals have come on the road. 

Mateta has scored two career goals against Everton since joining Palace in 2021 and will be eager to strike for a second consecutive away match after netting at Brighton two weeks ago. 

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