Alan Pardew sets Crystal Palace target for how many wins they need before FA Cup semi-final

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The Eagles have not won in the Premier League since December.

Alan Pardew wants Crystal Palace to try and target getting one or two wins from the four Premier League games they have before they take on Watford in the FA Cup semi-final, the London Evening Standard reports.

The Eagles face West Ham, Norwich, Arsenal and Manchester United before they travel to Wembley. And while three of those sides are currently sat in the top six, Pardew has hinted that they should be looking for around six points from the games.

"I am not going to put a total on it because that will change slightly. All I do know is that we need a win, or two wins, before that semi-final and that is what we have got to target. If we get those we would be fairly happy," he told the London Evening Standard.

Given the league positions of three of the sides they will be coming up against before they face the Hornets, Pardew will almost certainly be expecting a win against the Canaries, and then hoping that his side can pull off something of an upset in one of the other fixtures.

Not only would a good run of results before the game help the Eagles take some momentum into the clash with Quique Sanchez Flores' side, but it has also become imperative that they turn their league form around.

Saturday's defeat to Leicester City has seen Palace fall to within seven points of the bottom three. And a continuation of their form - having not won in the league since December - could potentially see them dragged into a relegation scrap.

With a comfortable advantage still over the teams in the bottom four however, Pardew's target is clearly aimed at bagging the wins that will confirm their safety so they can go into the semi-final with only one thing on their minds. 

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