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Are Crystal Palace in danger of relegation from the Premier League this season?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 16 Nov 2016

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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew can't shake his side's relegation form.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew can’t shake his side’s relegation form.

Unrest is growing with Crystal Palace following their second notable slump in form of the season already, coupled with the ignominious tag of being named the worst team in England in 2016.

The Eagles are coming off the back of four consecutive Premier League defeats and a five-game winless run, but have considerably underperformed this year with just five wins in the last 11 months.

Currently a point above the drop zone, are Crystal Palace in danger of relegation as things stand?

Alan Pardew’s attacking style costing Palace cheap goals

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has stuck with his attacking philosophy upon his arrival at Selhurst Park and the side are greatly suffering this year from it. The Eagles haven’t been too full of goals despite their expansive style in 2016 and instead are conceding goals on a regular basis due to not being pragmatic enough.

Only four Premier League sides have conceded more goals than Crystal Palace this season, and the Eagles haven’t kept a clean sheet since April either. The end of the previous campaign saw Palace win just two league games from 21 and their poor form this year hasn’t gone unnoticed by the masses.

Starting the season with one point from three games, Palace just can’t build up any momentum and questions will soon be asked if they stay in the bottom-half as the season continues.

Results against mediocre sides a real worry

It’s a bad sign when a struggling club are falling short to the teams around them in the table, but Crystal Palace can’t seem to get results against the fellow suffering sides. This season, Alan Pardew’s men have lost to West Bromwich Albion, drawn to Bournemouth and have lost to West Ham United, Leicester City and Burnley recently.

Just one point separates them from the relegation zone after 11 games in the Premier League this season, and no side in the division has picked up fewer points in their last five outings than Palace. Last season’s performances have gone under the radar somewhat, but it’s worth noting the Eagles finished 15th in the Premier League in 2015/16 with just 42 points from 38 games – the only sides who lost more games than Palace were relegated.

In 2016, Pardew’s side have won five of their 30 Premier League games, picking up just 22 points. It’s relegation form this year and the club can’t shake themselves from it. Crystal Palace are 7/1 to suffer relegation from the Premier League this season, but where will the Londoners end up?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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