Crystal Palace climbed out of the bottom three last weekend with an impressive 2-0 victory away to Huddersfield but with seven games still left to play in the Premier League season, a lot of hard work lies ahead for Roy Hodgson and his players.
A great deal has been made about the favourable run-in the Eagles will enjoy in comparison to their direct counterparts between now and mid-May and thanks to TalkSPORT, we now have a tangible way of seeing how much better off we are than those around us as we enter the campaign’s final straight.
Believe it or not, Crystal Palace have the single best run-in (in terms of points-per-game of our remaining opponents) of any club in the Premier League, with a cumulative total of just 1.15 points, whilst plenty around us in the scrap for survival find themselves at the other end of the spectrum.
Just for context, Southampton, the team we leapfrogged to get out of the drop zone last weekend have the worst run-in of anyone with an opponent average of 1.69 in their remaining fixtures, whilst 19th and 18th place are taken up by Brighton (1.65) and Stoke (1.61) respectively.
Above that trio come West Ham (1.55), West Brom (1.52) and Huddersfield (1.47) meaning that six teams who are still fighting tooth and nail to survive all have the worst run-ins to the Premier League season in terms of their opponents’ strength.
It would be a tad foolish to suggest that we’ll survive on this piece of analysis alone but even the most miserable of Palace fans will be forced to admit that the disparity between our remaining fixtures and those of the teams directly around us makes for pleasant reading.
Having got a potentially horrible fixture against Huddersfield out of the way last Saturday, we now prepare for the visit of Liverpool to Selhurst Park with hope rather than fear before prepping ourselves for a run of six games which, on paper at least, all appear winnable.
If we do what is expected of us between now and the end of the season, we should survive. Here’s to hoping.