Pardew: Crystal Palace can challenge for a Europa League spot

The Eagles coach isn't getting ahead of himself, but believes Europa League nights at Selhurst Park are a possibility.

If Crystal Palace can maintain their excellent start to the season, there’s no reason why they can’t challenge for a Europa League spot, according to manager Alan Pardew - who has been speaking at a press conference covered by the club's official Twitter account.

The former Newcastle United boss has transformed the Eagles’ fortunes since arriving midway through last season.

After lifting them from the relegation zone to tenth in the table for their best ever finish in the Premier League era, Pardew has picked up where he left off this term.

Palace currently sit eighth in the table with three wins from their opening six games, including an impressive 2-1 victory against champions Chelsea.

Their only defeats so far have come at the hands of Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

With those games out of the way already, Pardew is confident that his side can now finish the first half of the season strongly, which would leave them in an excellent position to qualify for Europe.

“We’re not getting carried away with our ambitions,” he said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to newly-promoted Watford.

“We think we can challenge for a Europa spot if we have a good first half of the season.”

Next month, Palace must face high-flying Leicester City and Manchester United, with a trip to the Etihad for a Capital One Cup tie with Manchester City sandwiched in-between.

In November, they travel to Anfield, where they recorded an emphatic 3-1 victory in May.

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