- Football LDN Crystal Palace correspondent Robert Warlow provides an insight into Saturday’s opponents
- Warlow outlines Palace’s series of games against England’s top sides as a reason for their difficulties this term
- Warlow was speaking to LCFC Radio’s Matchday Live ahead of the clash
Throughout October and November, Roy Hodgson’s men have faced Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United – all currently occupying spots in the top seven of the Premier League table.
However, Warlow concedes that it is the fixtures that Palace were expected to gather points from that have contributed to a run of just one victory in 11 games in all competitions.
“It’s been a tough run for them,” Warlow told LCFC Radio’s Matchday Live. “It’s not helped that they played the top four, five or six in the space of the last six games.
“It wasn’t an easy run and any time that a team outside of the top six looks at those games, it’s a bonus when they pick up points.
Roy Hodgson's side sit 16th in the Premier League table after as many games this season.
“They picked up a point against Arsenal and a point against Manchester United, but the disappointment for them this season is that they haven’t done as well against teams in and around them. Under Roy Hodgson, that’s normally one of their strengths.
“They did really well against teams outside the top six, which eventually got them away from danger and up to 11th, but this year it has been a different story and they’ve not been consistent against those teams.”
Warlow believes Palace will see Saturday’s game as an opportunity to register their second Premier League win this month ahead of a string of festive fixtures that sees them take on Manchester City and Chelsea.
“This is one of our more winnable fixtures at the moment because we’ve got Manchester City away, Cardiff at home and Chelsea at home before the end of the year,” he said.
I think they will be looking at this as a chance to get three points, but there has been ups and downs so far this season. They’ve not really got a string of results together, they’ve been inconsistence.Robert WarlowFootball LDN
“I think they will be looking at this as a chance to get three points, but there has been ups and downs so far this season. They’ve not really got a string of results together, they’ve been inconsistence.
“The performances have perhaps been better than the position that they’re in, but in the last couple of weeks, they’ve been quite poor on occasions. Down in Brighton, it was a bad performance, and against West Ham last weekend, we saw improvements.
“However, it was the same problem that they had at Brighton – they concede three goals in the space of 20 to 25 minutes, so that killed the game off.
“They’re looking for a response and they’re trying to get as many points as they can between now and the next two home games against Leicester and Cardiff.”
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