Crystal Palace just don’t have the squad depth to be able to keep their necks above water.
With the Premier League season just one week away, 13 of our football pundits have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive set of predictions.
Each pundit predicted where each Premier League club will finish the season, with 20 points for the club predicted to finish 1st, down to 1 point for the club finishing bottom.
We then added up all the points and:
Verdict Crystal Palace will finish in 20th
Highest prediction: 17th / Lowest prediction: 20th
Jenny Leigh: 17th - Holloway’s character and experience will be vital and I expect the Eagles to be the wildcards this term – you’ll never know what to expect. I think their energy and spirit will keep them up, despite some huge defeats here and there.
Lewis Doe: 19th - Ian Holloway will always wear his heart on his sleeve, tell it like it is and inspire his team, but Crystal Palace just don’t have the squad depth to be able to keep their necks above water.
Nick Harris: 19th - Palace have taken a scattershot approach in the transfer market, and have brought in plenty of players, but losing Wilfried Zaha and the injured Glenn Murray is likely to be too big a hurdle to overcome.
Gareth McKnight: 19th - Not good enough to stay up. Palace will rely on Glenn Murray to do a Grant Holt and get the goals to keep them up. Don’t see it happening though
Ian Bolland: 20th - I just don’t think they’re good enough, really.
Dan Coombs: 20th - Crystal Palace have a big job in their hands, already lacking Wilfried Zaha and having Glenn Murray injured early on. The fact they have been trawling the Premier League bargain bins for players like Chamakh says a lot about their chances. It could well be a swift return to the Championship for Holloway once again.
Vic Daniels: 20th - Another fine mess. Ian Holloway will pull his hair out. A long season for the club and the fans. And it will be as good as over by Christmas.
Callum Farrell: 20th - Crystal Palace – A lot of last season’s success revolved around Wilfried Zaha and they haven’t got anywhere near replacing him with a player of sufficient quality. Holloway will generate a lot of goodwill for the club, but there aren’t any points for that.
Graham Morris: 20th - Sorry Palace fans. I have a soft spot for them as they're my local team and I'm a some-time visitor, but I think this step up may just have been too quick and too great. I look forward to being surprised though.
Mathew Nash: 20th - Not many teams get promoted to the Premier League - and then weaken their team. Palace have struggled in the transfer market and the loss of Wilfried Zaha is massive. I see a long hard season on the horizon - but Ian Holloway would love to prove me wrong.
Key player: Mile Jedinak
Vincent Ralph: 20th - Ian Holloway has publicly acknowledged his struggles in the transfer window, and even with some new additions I cannot see the Eagles doing much soaring in the coming campaign. They will take a big-name scalp or two along the way, but they lack the strength in depth and the quality to go on the run needed to avoid relegation.
Where do you believe Crystal Palace will finish next season ?
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