Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy believes Crystal Palace can win the FA Cup this season after cementing their place in the semi-finals with a 2-0 win at Reading, the BBC reports.
The Eagles progressed to the semi-finals after two late goals saw them edge past Championship side Reading, with the first being a highly debatable penalty which saw Jake Cooper sent off.
There are still a clutch of good teams left in the competition, with Manchester United, West Ham United, Everton and holders Arsenal all vying for a place in the final four.
Palace may end up being the Premier League’s lowest placed team left in the competition, yet former midfielder Murphy feels Alan Pardew’s side have enough about them to go all the way.
"Yes they can. They have a great opportunity with the attacking players they have and they have Jason Puncheon to come back too,” Murphy explained on BBC Radio Five Live.
Palace have endured a horrible 2016 in the Premier League, picking up just two points from a possible 30 as their winless run in the league stretches back to mid-December.
But in the FA Cup they’ve been a different proposition altogether, beating the likes of Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City en route to the quarter-finals before dispatching Reading.
Yohan Cabaye and Fraizer Campbell were the scorers for the Eagles, but the real difference maker once again was Yannick Bolasie as his pace, power and strength in wide areas caused so many problems.
The talented winger has spent much of the past three months on the side-lines with injury, but his return has given Palace an immediate lift and with James Puncheon to come back, Pardew’s men are challengers.