Why Crystal Palace are perfectly built to play away from home

Wilfried Zaha playing for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace’s win over Stoke was their sixth in seven games away from home under Alan Pardew and they have all the tools to win on the road.

Crystal Palace fans didn’t think things could get any better after last season’s remarkable turnaround.

Tony Pulis masterminded a tremendous early escape from danger after the Eagles had looked doomed at Christmas. They eventually finished comfortably in 11th place and it was the first time they had ever survived in the Premier League.

But when Pulis left and Neil Warnock took over the start of the season, there was a worry that they would struggle to stay up. These worries were vindicated and Warnock was swiftly released from his contract with Alan Pardew leaving Newcastle to move to Selhurst Park.

People expected Pardew to move Palace away from the drop zone but not as quickly as he has done. He has been a revelation since arriving at the club with their away form particularly impressive.

Palace have won six in seven games away since Pardew moved to the club and they are perfectly built to soak up vast amounts of pressure and use their devastatingly pacey attack to wreck havoc on the counter attack.

They generally sit deep with a compact shape and let home sides come onto them whilst waiting for an opportunity to spring into action with their very athletic attack.

The likes of Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha have thrived on Pardew’s approach and their speed on the break combined with incredible skill on the ball is irresistible at times.

The use of width has been crucial to their recent form with Zaha bagging the most recent winner away at Stoke City last weekend. They must now prepare for a home game against top four contenders Manchester City after the impending international break.

Palace are up to 11th in the table yet again, ahead of Pardew’s former club Newcastle and have their sights set on a first ever top half finish in the Premier League era. 

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