As far as starts to a Premier League season go, Crystal Palace’s one in the last campaign might just be the worst in history.
Not only did they not manage to pick up a single point in any of their first seven games, but they also failed to score a goal throughout that dreadful run.
As a result, Frank de Boer, who oversaw the majority of those defeats, was quickly dismissed as manager despite having only recently been appointed and replaced by Roy Hodgson.
And while some felt it was harsh at the time with the Dutchman quite clearly needing time to implement his philosophy, in the end, the managerial change proved to be a good one.
Hodgson’s fourth Premier League game in charge saw Crystal Palace welcome champions Chelsea to Selhurst Park in a fixture which everyone thought Antonio Conte’s men had in the bag.
However, an own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta and a strike just before half-time by Wilfried Zaha, gave Crystal Palace a shock 2-1 win, their first victory of the season, ending their goalless run.
All in all, it was a crucial triumph and an indication that Hodgson was a much better fit than his predecessor de Boer.
By beating Chelsea that day, not only did Crystal Palace pick up their first points of the season, but they also showed the sort of a fight against top opposition to suggest they have it in them to avoid the drop.
And in the end, they did just that, finishing that campaign 11th and well above the relegation zone.
A season later and the Eagles find themselves in a similar predicament. But with an experienced coach like Hodgson, who knows this league so well, safety should be a certainty once again.
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