Crystal Palace have been much better away from home than at Selhurst Park.
Palace’s form has been very hit or miss this season, winning five games and losing five games, and former striker Mark Bright has told talkSPORT that their issue at home is that they prepare the same way for both home and away games.
When asked for a reason behind Palace’s poor home form, Bright said: “They prepare exactly the same for home and away.”
Palace have won just two games at home this season, losing three, whilst away from home they have a better record.
Alan Pardew’s style of play, being based around counter attacking, is obviously more suited to playing away from home, as you cede possession to the opponents and let them control the game.
The players then break quickly whilst the other team are out of position, and capitalise on their pace and power in the final third.
However, this system is hard to utilise at home, as Palace are the side expected to have the most possession of the ball.
Pardew sets his team up exactly the same at home as away from Selhurst Park, despite the narrative expecting the Eagles to dominate play, and it is somewhat costing them, as their counter attacking system cannot break down an opposing team who are sitting deep.
To improve their home form, Palace need to start setting up in a system which allows them to dominate the ball at Selhurst Park, otherwise they are going to continue suffering the same issues whenever they take to the field at home.
It may not be Pardew’s preferred style of play, but if he is to prove himself as a top class manager, the English boss needs to alter his side to face any problem which they face.