Mark Lawrenson and Will Ferrell may not be the most reliable of men when it comes to predicting Crystal Palace’s results but ahead of this weekend’s clash between ourselves and Everton, I’ll take any crumb of comfort I can lay my hands on.
Every week, Lawrenson pits his wits against a celebrity by predicting the score of all ten Premier League games. Often, Mark is left with egg on his face after calling things spectacularly wrong, making his decision to plump for a Palace victory against the Toffees as worrying as it is encouraging.
Historically, a home game against Everton would not be viewed as an easy task for any side but this term, the Merseyside outfit have been struggling massively. Forced to fire manager Ronald Koeman after a disastrous start to a campaign in which many of their supporters hoped to be troubling the top six, they arrive at Selhurst Park looking for a sense of stability in more ways than one.
Still being managed by David Unsworth, they appear no closer to announcing Koeman’s permanent replacement than they were a week or two ago, which in itself can’t be good for the general mood within the camp.
Even so, Palace’s struggles since August have left them at the very foot of the Premier League table with just four points from their opening 11 Premier League fixtures, making the decision of predict a home win both Lawrenson and Will Ferrell a tad surprising. There’s no doubt that the Eagles have lifted their performances under Roy Hodgson in recent weeks and can count themselves unlucky not to have picked up a few more decent results along the way but even so, this show of faith from the pair is unexpected.
Hopefully, tomorrow afternoon will be the time when everything clicks into place for the men in red and blue. All set to welcome Christian Benteke back into the side after a two-month absence and with Wilfried Zaha believed to be fine after flying back from the Ivory Coast earlier in the week, we can attack the Toffees with real hope of starting to turn our season around.
Keep the faith, just like Ron Burgendy.