It’s fair to say that the Premier League fixture list hasn’t been especially kind to Crystal Palace across the last three rounds of fixtures, with a home game against Manchester United sandwiched between visits to Chelsea and Liverpool.
Thankfully, things may get slightly easier on the final day of the season when hosting fellow mid-table dwellers Swansea. But while Swansea are certain to finish eighth whatever the result at Selhurst Park, Palace could climb into the top half if results fall in their favour.
This incentive gives Alan Pardew’s men plenty to play for and 16/1 looks on the generous side that Crystal Palace score more than any other Premier League club on the final day of the campaign.
Despite their tough run of fixtures, looking back across the last six Premier League gameweeks, only Manchester City and Arsenal have mustered more goal attempts from inside opposing 18-yard boxes than the Eagles.
With free-kicks scored in successive top-flight games, Jason Puncheon will be a threat from dead-ball situations, while Yannick Bolasie has netted three times in six matches.
Furthermore, Crystal Palace have made a habit of being involved in high-scoring matches to close seasons in recent years.
They drew 2-2 at Fulham to close the last Premier League season, while when promoted from the Championship they defeated Peterborough 3-2 before progressing into the play-offs.
Arsenal top the betting at 3/1 to score most on the final day and they round off the campaign at home to West Brom.
This price is hard to get excited about though, given the Gunners haven’t scored in any of their last three Emirates appearances, while only Chelsea have kept more clean sheets than the Baggies in the top-flight this season.
Man City are 5/1 to top the goal charts, but they host another of the Premier League’s meanest defences in Southampton.
In terms of defences that are far from watertight, QPR have been the most giving of late and based on the fact they are already relegated, it is hard to believe they will be making diligent defending a priority on the final day.
They travel to Leicester to conclude their disappointing season and Nigel Pearson’s in-form Foxes are also worth considering alongside Palace to score most on Sunday at 14/1.