Roy Hodgson could face his toughest test as Crystal Palace boss this season.
Crystal Palace started off the campaign with a decent home draw against big-spending Everton on Saturday. The Eagles did well to hold onto Wilfried Zaha after his long transfer saga but they have failed to reinvest in their squad in much-needed areas.
Their strike force is a massive concern for Roy Hodgson as Conor Wickham, Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke have all been hit-and-miss in recent seasons. The pressure on Zaha's shoulders will again be massive but, after what happened in the summer, he will need to get his head straight.
Palace will now face Tottenham, Manchester United and Wolves in their next five league games which will not be easy but Hodgson will need to get some points on the board early on before it gets too late. The Eagles' fixture list is arguably the most difficult in the league and lack of good early results could come back to haunt them at the end of the season.
Hodgson's side will take on Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in consecutive games between October and November. Consecutive disappointments in this difficult run could see drop down to the dreaded bottom few places from where they could find it incredibly difficult to come out of.
Palace's easiest run of games come in the festive period but with games coming in thick and fast, there again lies a massive problem. Their last eight games of the season will be against the top eight of last season at which point they could well and truly be doomed if things don't go their way.
This season will certainly be Hodgson's toughest campaign since taking over as Palace boss and he will have to get his attackers firing as soon as possible. The winter transfer window will be more crucial than the summer one but if they are too deep into the water by then, they might as well kiss their Premier League status goodbye.
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