There was a massive sigh of relieve for our Crystal Palace punters in the Transfer Tavern this week following Sam Allardyce’s first league win for the Eagles since taking over in December.
The former England boss had not won in his first five outings in the league and Palace’s run stretched further to the 3rd December when they beat Southampton 3-0 at Selhurst Park. Big Sam’s only win before Tuesday was a 2-1 win in an FA Cup 3rd round replay tie with another former employer, Bolton Wanderers.
Though it has taken Allardyce a long time to get his first win, our Landlord firmly believes that you’d be a fool to write off his Palace side whom he has strengthened most notably by signing Patrick van Aanholt and Mamadou Sakho to bolster his defence as well as Jeffery Schlupp from Leicester City earlier in the window. Above all, being able to keep hold of main goal threat, Christian Benteke, is a major positive, and the Belgium striker’s form will surely be a contributing factor in whether the Eagles can survive the drop or not.
Palace meet Big Sam’s former employers, Sunderland, on Saturday in a potential relegation six-pointer. This game will not only be interesting as it is Allardyce’s former club but also Patrick van Aanholt signed from the Black Cats earlier in the week.
This match-up promises to be a relegation thriller for sure!
With all that said, here is the line up our Landlord predicts the Eagles will go with in order to secure a vital 3 points…
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