In two games’ time, the 12/1 about Crystal Palace in the Premier League relegation betting could well have folded in half, not once, but twice.
Taking the current double-figure odds about Alan Pardew failing to pull his side out of their ever-worsening nosedive towards the Championship looks wise.
Upcoming games against West Ham and Norwich have the potential to completely erode their current five-point insulation from the bottom four.
First up, the Irons are gunning for the Champions League places, have won six of their last eight home games and haven’t lost at the Boleyn Ground since August.
Then there’s the East Anglians, already mildly resurgent after successive clean sheets and four points in their last two games.
For them, a trip to Selhurst Park will represent a fixture that has the power to make safety an even more tangible prospect than it already looks.
Should the visit to West Ham and the home game against Norwich fail to yield much in the way of points, Palace’s relegation odds will shrivel thanks to the three fixtures that follow them.
Everton in London, followed by away trips to Arsenal and Manchester United are on the menu, with the FA Cup semi-final (which follows the last of the triumvirate) sure to mess with the Eagles’ focus throughout.
Victory over the Hornets at Wembley would see the competition’s distraction factor continued over their last three games too, none of which will be easy.
Newcastle (A), Stoke (H) and Southampton (A) round out the Palace fixture list and all three are likely to still have something to play for.
The Magpies may well still be fighting demotion themselves, while it is unlikely that the Potters or the Saints, currently seventh and eighth respectively, will have left the Europa League picture.
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