Despite losing 2-0 against Liverpool on Monday, Crystal Palace’s overall display was encouraging while the club have already managed to get three points on the board after beating Fulham by the same score.
And one person who was impressed with Crystal Palace’s performance against Jurgen Klopp’s men, in particular, was Gary Neville.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (via Football London), Neville said: “You can never be happy when you lose 2-0 and you can never see the positives straight away, but you mentioned before the game tonight [Jamie Carragher] that you felt that Crystal Palace were a top ten team and it wouldn’t surprise me if they finish seventh or eighth.
“That was a really good performance from a team that will cause a lot of teams a lot of problems and win a lot of points and a lot of games and no way that Crystal Palace team are going to be involved in a relegation battle this year, it’s not going to happen, they’re too good.”
And looking at Crystal Palace’s squad, it is easy to see where Neville is coming from.
With Mamadou Sakho fully fit, the Eagles have a commanding and solid central defender who improves the team’s back four massively, while in front of the Frenchman, there is the tenacious defensive midfielder Luka Milivojevic.
As well as the power he brings to the Eagles’ midfield, Milivojevic is also capable of chipping in with goals.
But, most significantly, manager Roy Hodgson still has star man Wilfried Zaha to call upon with the Ivory Coast international having signed a new five-year contract after constant speculation linking him with a move away from Selhurst Park.
Zaha is Crystal Palace’s biggest threat and, more often than not, is both indirectly and directly the match-winner for Hodgson.
With the likes of Sakho, Milivojevic and Zaha, Crystal Palace should not be finding themselves in a relegation scrap.