A positive look at Crystal Palace’s next three games

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England.

Crystal Palace face an uphill battle in the next few weeks, but perhaps there is room for optimism after all.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England.

Crystal Palace are in the definition of a tricky spot right now, as a multitude of injuries has left them with a wafer-thin squad heading into a crucial period of their Premier League campaign.

Manager Roy Hodgson has done a fantastic job in terms of boosting the fortunes of the Eagles following a poor start to the 2017/18 season, but their next run of fixtures would be enough to strike fear into the heart of any top-flight side.

Still, with a man like Hodgson at the helm, there is always a chance of a surprise result, which is exactly what they will be looking for over the next few weeks.

Tottenham (H) – Reverse Fixture: 0-1 loss

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg  match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Stadium on...

The first game on this run for Palace will be an all-London affair with Tottenham and, ironically, it will probably be the most difficult of the three. Spurs are on fire right now and it will require a big effort for Palace to take anything from the game, and their best hope probably comes from sitting deep before launching a counter attack.

The Selhurst Park faithful will be lively under the Monday Night Football lights, but keeping the score down to 1-0 or 2-0 would be a minor success.

Manchester United (H) – Reverse Fixture: 0-4 loss

Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on February 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

United are in a state of inconsistency right now, and they are a shadow of the team that ran through the Eagles 4-0 earlier on in the season. If Hodgson’s men can go straight at them from the word go then they may have a chance at stealing an early goal and, if that happens, then anything is possible. A point against the Red Devils is well within the realms of possibility, even though few will believe they can pull it off.

Chelsea (A) – Reverse Fixture: 2-1 win

Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on February 12, 2018 in London, England.

Much like Manchester United, the Blues are struggling to find the consistency necessary to launch a legitimate push for the top four. Palace were able to defeat them earlier on in the season, and hopefully for the Eaglws, by the time this game comes around, they will have a few more key names back from injury.

If Palace can avoid conceding early, the Stamford Bridge crowd will start to get on their team’s back, and from that point on, a shock victory could definitely be on the cards.

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