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Crystal Palace are not too good to get relegated

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A couple of years ago the headline of this article would have sounded preposterous. "Well, of course they're not!" would have been the answer. But after two seasons of solidifying themselves as a Premier League power and making some top drawer signings, Crystal Palace were on the up.

After securing Alan Pardew as their manager at the beginning of 2015, the Eagles went on a fantastic run of Premier League form that saw them finish in 10th in the league - one better than the previous season's 11th.

A summer's recruitment saw them bring in Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain as a marquee signing to add to a squad already containing players who had already impressed in the Premier League, like Wilfried Zaha, Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie. The enigmatic Emmanuel Adebayor was added to the side in January but things have not yet quite worked out for the player and club.

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The Togo international has only netted once since joining up with the London side and perhaps (or perhaps not) coincidentally, his club have not recorded a single league win since his arrival.

Startlingly, Pardew's men have now not recorded a Premier League victory since 19 December. In that time they have played 13 Premier League games and lost nine. They have recorded cup wins in that time, but their Premier League form will be incredibly worrying for a side that had aspirations of potentially pushing for Europe into next season.

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Palace may currently look safe from the drop after a quick glance at the table, but this is based entirely on the fact they performed well early in the season. They may have a six-point cushion but for a side that seems to be collapsing, it is entirely conceivable that they will not win again before the end of the season. Meanwhile, Norwich won at the weekend, Sunderland have been steady under Sam Allardyce and Newcastle could yet be inspired to safety by new boss Rafael Benitez.

Pardew has so far done a good job of avoiding questions of relegation, but this cannot go on for much longer. After the defeat to Leicester, the Eagles boss preferred to focus on praising his league-leading opponents rather than looking at the deficiencies of his own side.

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"We are down, frustrated, we wanted to keep momentum after the FA Cup win over Reading but Leicester are top of the league for a reason," he said, as per the BBC. "They have a lovely balance to the team, they will be difficult to catch and they would be worthy champions."

But is it not the time to start concentrating on why your team keep losing, Alan?

Next up for Pardew is West Ham and with Slaven Bilic's side looking to push for the Champions League, Palace's job of securing safety is becoming more and more difficult. They have pivotal clashes on which their season will turn against Norwich and Newcastle on the 9th and 30th April respectively, but apart from these two games their run-in is rather tough.

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In their remaining eight fixtures, five of their opponents are currently in the top eight of the table so if they don't pick up points in the crucial Newcastle and Norwich contests, their return to the second tier could be all but sealed.

Pardew's men have been sinking like a stone - quietly, but quickly. The odds suggest that they will comfortably stay up, but if they only manage to pick up as many points in their final eight fixtures as they have in their previous eight then they will finish the campaign with a measly 35 points - it is entirely conceivable that this will not be enough to save them.

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Topics:
Yannick Bolasie
Emmanuel Adebayor
Premier League
Crystal Palace
Yohan Cabaye
Alan Pardew
Wilfried Zaha
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