The daunting drop down divisions from the Premier League awaits three teams every season and there is usually one that struggles throughout the entire campaign.
This term, it looks set to be Crystal Palace, with the Eagles having so far stuttered and failed to show any signs of recovering from such a shockingly bad start to proceedings.
The Eagles sacked former coach Frank de Boer at Selhurst Park and recently replaced the Dutchman with experienced former England boss Roy Hodgson. That decision has so far failed to pay off for the Londoners during this truly turbulent time, with the veteran tactician struggling to implement any form or fortune into his inherited set-up.
Destined for a daunting drop
The capital club look destined for a daunting drop down the league ladder come next May, following a disastrous run of form domestically, and in light of their incredibly underwhelming run of poor results, Crystal Palace find themselves as the favourites to go down.
They could be joined in the Championship by the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Aston Villa, Fulham or Leeds United – although the Yorkshire outfit are regarded as the sixth-favourites at 14/1 in the Championship betting to win the second tier outright.
The Whites face a long and hard battle before achieving such a feat, while Crystal Palace could be facing the prospect of heading down in the opposite direction. They have been terrible to this point of the campaign and Hodgson looks unlikely of turning their fortunes around in the coming months.
They will always have the January transfer market to try to turn things around with new members of the squad, though that may even be a hard task in luring big names or talented players to a club that will be struggling in a relegation battle.
Hodgson has a tough task ahead of for the remainder of the term, if the former Inter Milan and Liverpool boss manages to even last that long, with the current climate of managerial tenures not lasting very long if results don’t go in their favour.
The Eagles boss has already faced many of the Premier League’s so-called big boys, such as Manchester United and fellow top-tier title contenders Manchester City, but the games against the teams also at the bottom of the table could prove decisive as well.
Before Christmas, Crystal Palace still must tackle all of Premier League champions Chelsea, West Ham United, Everton, Stoke City, Bournemouth and Watford on home territory. The Palace fans will obviously be a help during these clashes and these are the best opportunities for much-needed points on the board.
Survival prospects don’t look promising
Other than those home outings, they must also come up against all of Newcastle United, Bristol City, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton and Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City and Swansea City.
Survival prospects don’t look promising for Palace at the moment, but there is plenty of time to turn fortunes around.
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