Relegation suddenly seems far from the formality it had previously for Cardiff City, who are level on points with West Brom after beating Fulham, but neither of those sides are the ones with most to fear from the Welshmen’s belated resurgence.
That dubious honour falls upon the shoulders of Crystal Palace, who have a fixture list seemingly tailor-made to ensure their record of never retaining top-flight status continues.
Cardiff are 9/5 to survive, but pragmatic Welshmen may prefer the slightly shorter price of 6/4 about their countryman Tony Pulis being unable to keep the Eagles in the Premier League.
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Sunderland, West Ham, Cardiff and Fulham represent Palace’s most beatable opponents before the end of the campaign, but sadly for the Eagles each must be taken on away from Selhurst Park.
Palace’s total of a measly six away goals is the worst in the football league, beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side by one, and their inability to score on the road will massively hamstring their points-gathering efforts in the aforementioned home fixtures.
Meanwhile Selhurst Park has been the scene for the majority of the victories that have put the Eagles in a position to believe at this stage, but their 16th place may have been a trick of the fixture list.
Where Sunderland, West Ham, Cardiff and West Brom were dispatched in return for 12 invaluable points, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are among the four sides that are still to visit them this term.
Ominous reading indeed for a side who, despite spirited showings against City and Jose Mourinho’s men on the road this season, have the Premier League’s second-worst record against teams in the top half of the table.