By William Hill
26th October 2018
It’s hard to tell where Crystal Palace will lay their hands on a Premier League point between now and December, with a forbidding run of fixtures in the offing.
There was still 13/2 freely available about the Eagles in the relegation betting prior to them losing 2-0 against Everton at Goodison Park last weekend, but they’re now just 9/2 for the drop and it might be advisable to get on before those odds shrink further still.
Palace’s next four fixtures promise pain but precious little in the way of points
Roy Hodgson’s men now face Arsenal (H), Chelsea (A), Tottenham (H) and Man Utd (A) over their next four top-flight fixtures, with the distraction of a midweek EFL Cup road slog to high-flying Championship grinders Middlesbrough thrown in to further stretch resources.
The Eagles took zero points from said league assignments last term, despite only one of them falling within the seven-game winless and scoreless streak of misery with which the club started the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
Hodgson’s charges are already well and truly in the relegation mix
Even before they play four of last season’s top six in succession, Palace are just two points above the relegation zone and four points adrift of Brighton in 12th.
Perhaps most worryingly, they’re the division’s second-lowest scorers with five goals (only Huddersfield have fewer) and are expected to be without Christian Benteke until the New Year at the earliest.
The big Belgian may be a parody of the destructive presence he had been back in his breakthrough campaign at Aston Villa these days, but at least he had been offering some kind of distraction to defenders to allow Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend a little more wriggle room.
First up… an Arsenal reborn
Arguably the weakest of Palace’s next four Premier League foes on paper, the Gunners also happen to be in exceptional form, having won their last eight domestic matches.
Unai Emery’s men are 88/100 to beat the Eagles at Selhurst Park on Sunday, while the away win to nil is 23/10 to click for the fifth time at the stadium this term.