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Battle for safety: Crystal Palace

14 Feb 2019
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring against West Ham United

In a series on the teams fighting to avoid relegation, we analyse the Eagles' fixtures, form and key man

The battle to avoid relegation is intensifying as the season enters its final third, so we have taken a look at the prospects of the eight teams with the biggest fight to remain in the Premier League.

How they stand

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
1 MCI 38 +72 98
2 LIV 38 +67 97
3 CHE 38 +24 72
4 TOT 38 +28 71
5 ARS 38 +22 70
6 MUN 38 +11 66
Crystal Palace

The 13th position that Crystal Palace currently occupy is their highest in the table this season since the start of October.

But Roy Hodgson's side will not feel complacent with their present situation.

They lie only three points above the relegation zone.

Form

The south London club have bounced back from successive defeats by Watford and Liverpool in January by going on a three-match unbeaten run which included a victory over relegation rivals Fulham.

Despite that win an improvement is needed at home, having managed only three league wins at Selhurst Park all season.

Next fixtures

Palace will hope to emulate some of their stellar performances against top-six sides, with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur among their next five opponents.

The Eagles notably beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium, pushed Liverpool all the way in a 4-3 loss at Anfield and drew with Man Utd and Arsenal this term.

Two of their three home wins this season came against both their next away opponents, Leicester City and Burnley.

The Eagles also have a chance to avenge their defeat earlier in the season at Brighton & Hove Albion when the Seagulls visit Selhurst Park on 9 March.

Key man

After going 13 Premier League matches without directly providing a goal between October and January, Wilfried Zaha has rediscovered his form.

The winger has scored twice and provided an assist in his last three outings.

He also highlighted his increased attacking threat with six shots, including his goal, against West Ham United last Saturday, which was more than their opponents managed as a team.

Also in this series

Part 2: Battle for safety: Brighton & Hove Albion
Part 3: Battle for safety: Burnley
Part 4: Battle for safety: Newcastle United
Part 5: Battle for safety: Cardiff City
Part 6: Battle for safety: Southampton
Part 7: Battle for safety: Fulham
Part 8: Battle for safety: Huddersfield Town

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