As the clock strikes midday on Sunday and the pressure builds at Selhurst Park, Phil Brown will harbour uncomfortably mixed emotions.
Sam Allardyce had anticipated a difficult week.
Harry Maguire believes Hull City’s survival hopes are inextricably linked to their ability to “handle the pressure” at Crystal Palace next week.
Sam Allardyce has accused his Crystal Palace players of believing they were already safe. Their 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City on Saturday, plus Swansea City’s win against Everton later that day, has increased the pressure on his team to beat Hull City on Sunday to maintain their Premier League status.
A couple of weeks ago a reporter asked David Moyes if he felt he had been “shown up” by Marco Silva’s impressive stewardship of Hull City.
Paul Clement has urged his Swansea City players to crank up the pressure on Hull City by ensuring that the two-point gap between the two relegation-threatened teams does not widen before the final two matches of the season.
Sunderland may be down but they will also play a big part in who goes with them as they follow this with a visit from Swansea, who would be five points adrift at 5pm if Hull record their seventh win from Marco Silva’s eight home games.
The Premier League season will be extended to a 39th game to accommodate a relegation play-off between Swansea City and Hull City, staged at a neutral venue, should they finish in joint-18th place, level on points, goal difference and goals scored.