Crystal Palace: Another year another fight for survival

As it seems, Crystal Palace will never catch a breather.

After safely negotiating a potential relegation last season, the Eagles are back in the relegation catfight having lost their first seven games of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

A gamut of emotions surrounded the club following the dismissal of Frank de Boer after only four games.  

The results were still a pittance even after the appointment of Roy Hodgson, with Palace losing narrowly to Southampton but suffering a drubbing against the Manchester sides in which they conceded a whooping nine goals.


Up the Eagles

As such, the Eagles were easily written off when they played host to Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League. Palace however defied convention by registering a 2-1 win over the reigning champions at Selhurst Park.

Despite not having scored a goal in the first seven games in the league, Roy Hodgson’s side put two past a team with one of the best defensive records last season.

Palace showed some spunk against their London rivals when they took center stage with a daunting opener through an own goal by Cesar Azpilicueta. The home fans were just relieved to have opened their goalscoring account for the season despite a cancellation by Tiemoue Bakayoko minutes later.

The hosts were however not done. The Eagles smelt blood and the big man for the big occasions stepped up to the mark, as Wilfried Zaha marked his injury return with a strike that proved to be the winner at the stroke of halftime.

The former Manchester United winger offered Palace a lifeline, one they should build on in their quest for survival.


Murky waters of relegation

Sam Allardyce orchestrated one of the most heartwarming survival stories of the modern game, as Palace moved from the relegation zone to finish fourteenth in the Premier League standings last season.

Big Sam however threw in the towel on his managerial career, opting instead to go for retirement. Allardyce was a veteran in the relegation catfight, having marshaled great escapism acts at Bolton, Sunderland and most recently Palace.

His unexpected departure may have left a vacuum at the club, but Roy Hodgson could very well register their passport to safety this season.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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