The Crystal Palace fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a positive result at Selhurst Park this weekend as they take on the big spending Manchester City in the FA Cup fourth round.
The arrival of Sam Allardyce last December has not had the immediate impact the Eagles fans were hoping for. The south London club currently sit in the drop zone of the Premier League after four consecutive losses.
The FA Cup is the only chance Crystal Palace have to secure any kind of silverware this season following their abysmal league form and their early exit from the League Cup in September.
Sam Allardyce aka ‘Big Sam’ needs to live up to his name and make a big decision this weekend; with the league a priority, will the Palace manager sacrifice a cup run for a greater chance of Premier League survival?
Crystal Palace’s next five games will decide their Premier League fate as they take on Bournemouth, Sunderland, Stoke, Middlesbrough and West Brom. The Eagles fans see all of these games as winnable and Big Sam has a real chance of transforming the season within this period.
Our landlord believes that Big Sam must focus on survival and should use the FA Cup as a chance to build his longer term vision for the club by giving the wider squad a chance to impress.
The Tavern faithful know that league survival is a priority but Eagles fans demand a spirited attempt to reach the next round of the FA Cup and this XI could just surprise Man City according to our landlord…