Alan Pardew‘s side have been nose-diving and failure to win a league game since a 2-1 success away at Stoke on December 19 has seen them slip from sixth in the table to 14th.
The Eagles are now just eight points above the drop zone with 11 games remaining, and hopes of competing for European qualification have long gone, with the prospect of a relegation battle fast becoming a possibility.
Not only did the West Brom defeat have implications on their position in the table, but it also meant that Palace have now gone ten consecutive league games without a win.
It’s their worst run in the top flight for 11 years as they also went on a ten-game winless streak in the 2004/05 season, when they were eventually relegated.
Palace’s previous longest period without winning a Premier League game came in the 1997/98 campaign when they recorded a run of 15 games without victory – they finished bottom that year.
Failure to win any of their next five games this season would see them match that club record of most games without a win in the Premier League – six games without victory would see it eclipsed.
Crystal Palace’s next six Premier League fixtures:
- Sunderland (away) – Tuesday, March 1
- Liverpool (home) – Sunday, March 6
- Leicester (home) – Saturday, March 19
- West Ham (away) – Saturday, April 2
- Norwich (home) – Saturday, April 9
- Arsenal (away) – Sunday, April 17
Alan Pardew is suffering a manager’s worst nightmare right now and when things aren’t going right, nothing seems to go your way, which usually results in confidence hitting rock bottom.
All of a sudden, Tuesday night’s trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland holds massive importance for this Crystal Palace side as four of their next five fixtures after that look ominous.
If the Eagles can’t stop the rot sooner rather than later, then they could well find themselves in a whole lot of trouble come May.
Will Crystal Palace break the club record for their longest winless run in the Premier League? Are they slipping into a relegation battle?