With 10 games to go in the Premier League season, Crystal Palace find themselves four points above the bottom three but will they survive in May? The feature below gives you the perfect way to work it all out.
Whilst things had been looking bleak for Sam Allardyce and his players a few weeks ago, a sequence of three wins and three clean sheets have seen the Eagles skyrocket out of immediate danger at the expense of Swansea, Hull and Middlesbrough. With Sunderland looking dead and buried as things stand, the above tool is an ideal way to gain a sense of clarity over how things are likely to play out in the coming weeks, no doubt calming the nerves of many.
Although Palace face a string of extremely daunting away ties, home games against the likes of Leicester, Hull and Burnley offer both the players and the fans hope of picking up enough points to survive, with one or two surprise triumphs hopefully thrown in on the road.
As ever, pundits and coaches continue to talk about the “magical 40 point mark” in relation to the bottom three but the experience of the last few years, coupled with the points per game ratios of the teams currently occupying those positions, suggest that the actual points total necessary to finish fourth from bottom will be significantly lower when all is said and done.
Whilst I’m keen not to come across as overly optimistic, especially when you consider the potential for statements I make on this website to come back and bite me on the bottom, my honest assessment of the run-in saw us surviving relegation by more than a point or two, which was quite comforting given how dismissive I was of our chances away from home.
Give it a go for yourself and let me know how you get on in the comments section. It’ll help pass the time while we wait for this mind numbing international break to draw to a close.