Manchester United legend turned Sky Sports analyst Gary Neville is now well known for having outspoken opinions on a number of issues across the game and following their late defeat to the Reds on Monday night, he’s been singing Palace’s praises.
Despite the fact that Nemanja Matic won the game for Jose Mourinho’s men in stoppage time, the former England right-back is adamant that the Eagles will survive the drop, given everything that remains in their favour heading into the final few weeks of what has been a tumultuous campaign for all the teams in the bottom half of the table.
As you would expect, Neville referenced the atmosphere we create at home as a real difference maker for the sides tasked with coming down to SE25 in need of points, whilst also sighting the seemingly imminent return of Wilfried Zaha as a major plus-point for Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff.
It may seem like a unrelenting barrage of waves is hitting us square in the face of late but once Chelsea round off a run of three games against top four hopefuls in succession, we can actually boast of having the “easiest” run in of all the teams currently battling it out for survival in the bottom half of the Premier League.
Whether or not we can begin to make our quality show against the so-called “lesser” opponents is another discussion entirely but on paper at least, we retain a fighting chance of escaping the mess of the 2017/18 campaign with our top flight status intact, which would ideally allow us to strengthen the squad organically over the summer with Hodgson still at the helm.
I’m always wary of pundits (particularly outsiders to the club) stating so adamantly that we’re “too good to go down”. Any football fan worth their salt will tell you that perceived class counts for little in a relegation dogfight but in reality, Neville has backed up his point of view with a number of logical observations.
All that’s left now is for the players to prove him right in our remaining nine games.