There was a lot of optimism surrounding Crystal Palace over the summer and understandably so. The Eagles had splashed the cash to improve their squad by recruiting the services of high profile players such as Andros Townsend, James Tomkins, Steven Mandanda and Christian Benteke for a combined fee of around £55 million.
While Palace did endure a tough start to the season despite the arrivals of the new players, it seemed like they managed to turn a corner by going on a fine five match unbeaten run between August and early October.
However, it would be fair to state that Palace have been simply atrocious since and following the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, the London based outfit find themselves on a poor five match losing streak.
Benteke arrived at Palace for a club record fee
The terrible run has seen Palace drop down to 16th place in the Premier League table and the Eagles are only a point off of the relegation zone at the moment. Many would have thought at the start of the season that Palace’s squad was simply too good to go down but such a belief has certainly changed in recent times.
There are understandably a lot of games to go before Palace fans start worrying but manager Alan Pardew will surely be concerned regarding his side’s slump in form, especially given the top quality players at his disposal.
In all fairness, Palace have not been very poor over the past few matches and they were arguably extremely unlucky to have suffered defeats against the likes of Burnley and Manchester City recently.
Pardew coming under a lot of pressure
The Premier League is a ruthless division where the results are the be all and end all though, and things are surely starting to look ominous for Palace at the moment.
The next three matches for Palace will be crucial if they are to turn things around as they face relatively beatable opposition in the form of Swansea City, Southampton and Hull City.
No games in the Premier League are easy but Palace face an extremely tough run in after the Hull game as they face the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in a space of three weeks and if Pardew’s men are unable to claim points over the next few weeks, alarm bells will start ringing soon at Selhurst Park.
As a testament to this growing feeling, Palace odds’ for relegation has been cut to 8/1 according to William Hill Premier League betting and if things do not improve soon, the Eagles may well find themselves embroiled in the ugly scrap near the drop zone.