With around half a dozen games left, the race for survival is still wide open for those in the relegation zone of the Barclays Premier League. For more than half of the season, it has been a rat race, with just 10points separating the entire bottom half of the league table from the bottom three. As a result, at this point, it’s still a little difficult to decide who will sink into the Championship, who will continue to feature in the Premier League next season or the fate of Crystal Palace.
Among the teams struggling to retain their place in the top flight is Crystal Palace. With just six games left for them to play this season, we want to look at the chances Crystal Palace has of escaping a fate probably worse than death.
It should be noted that early into this season, Crystal Palace is deemed for relegation following its terrible display under Manager, Frank De Boer. The Frenchmanwas subsequently replaced by former England coach, Roy Hudgson.
Much to the delight of the fans and club’s management, Crystal palace results so far has improved under the new boss and they have shown some promise without the injury woes. This seemed to have improved the chances Crystal Palace has of making it out of the pit and avoiding relegation.
Setback from Injuries
Although, no club in the English Premier League has been without injury troubles this term, but it seems that of Crystal Palace has been most disturbing.
In spite of their attempt to escape the relegation zone during the early reigns of their new manager, Crystal Palace is back to the dogfight with after some setbacks. And right now, with only 10 points from bottom placed West Brom, you would agree that the battle is still on for Roy Hodgson’s boys.
Considering the injury woes at the Selhurst Park, it would be harsh to completely blame the manager for the club’s struggle given how well the team has fared under him. Some would argue that Crystal Palace would have been able to avoid some defeats down the road if they had their full squad without injury.
A good example is the recent match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur. Perhaps, if they were to field 12 of their first team players who were missing as result of injury, Crystal Palace results would have been completely different. At least, a draw wouldn’t have been beyond Palace’s reach.
Luckily for the Eagles, with the return of their two best defenders, Martin Kelly and Jeffrey Schlupp, they look better going into their remaining fixtures much evident in the latest bet offers.
Wilfried Zaha is Key
Wilfried Zaha’s influence on Crystal Palace results has been phenomenal. If the club ever manages to pull out of this one, it would be because they have a player like him in the squad.
Although the Crystal Palace point man has already missed eight games this season, the 25-year old has been instrumental to the club breakthroughs, creating a lot of chances in the front. His presence has always given Crystal Palace an edge and you can see this in the last eight games he missed as evident in the latest Crystal Palace results.
Crystal Palace has lost all eight games during his absence. Hudgson will hope to have his key player back for the rest of his matches and hopefully, his impact will be felt.
Eagles stand with other clubs
After losing 2-1 at home to Burnley, West Brom is as good as “gone” with only 20 points sunk at the bottom of the League. On top of them is Stoke who also worked out head down against Arsenal. The football odds today of them bowing out of the top-tier will be 3/10.
Next is Crystal Palace who are currently 17th on the table with 30 points. Although, Crystal Palace recently lost against Liverpool at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace still has a good chance of avoiding relegation given the fact there’s no tight one in their remaining fixtures.
With some key defenders back on the Crystal Palace squad and the ever dominant presence of Wilfried, it will not be wise to write Crystal Palace off.