Ian Wright makes prediction about Crystal Palace's European hopes

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Ian Wright believes Crystal Palace will qualify for Europe - if a striker starts scoring.

Former Crystal Palace striker Ian Wright has told The Sun that, if a striker starts scoring for the Eagles, Alan Pardew's men will 'definitely' qualify for Europe.

Palace beat Southampton 1-0 last weekend thanks to a Yohan Cabaye goal, meaning they sit sixth in the Premier League table, just three points away from a Champions League place.

Only Leicester, Arsenal and Manchester City have won more Premier League games than Palace this season, and there is certainly a sense of optimism around Selhurst Park right now.

Manager Pardew has been a revelation since returning to the club at the start of 2015, and guiding the club to Europe would be a remarkable achievement for the former Newcastle boss.

He has been getting the best out of players such as Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur and the aforementioned Cabaye, but the situation up front remains a problem.

With no Premier League goals from a striker this season, Pardew has watched on as the likes of Connor Wickham, Dwight Gayle and Patrick Bamford have drawn blanks.

Now, former Palace hitman Ian Wright has told The Sun that, if Pardew can get even one of those strikers to contribute goals, Palace will 'definitely' qualify for Europe this season.

"I'm desperate to see if Palace can get one of these strikers, whether it's Wickham, Gayle, Chamakh, Bamford or Campbell, get one of them scoring," said Wright. "If they can come in now and chip in with between six and ten Premier League goals, then Palace will definitely get in to Europe," he added.

Finishing fifth or sixth would hand Palace a Europa League spot, whilst a top four spot would send them in to the Champions League - which few Eagles fans could have dreamed of even a year ago.

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