Palace left Old Trafford with a point for the first time in Premier League history.
It was a historic Saturday for the Eagles and yet, I can’t help but feel like it should have been more. Each team had a goal disallowed but Palace were far and away the better side on the day. An all too familiar feeling for us as fans and perhaps even the players as well.
A similar pattern continues to re-emerge and it’s that Palace have a terrible time of scoring that crucial, game winning goal. Or any goals at all for that matter. They’ve scored a total of eight in the league which is tied with Huddersfield for worst. Eight goals in 13 games is not great. The Eagles scored nine goals in their final three matches last season. Saying that it has been tough going so far this season is putting it lightly.
Here is the part of this post where I do some crazy math formula to make a point…
I did some quick calculations and 13 games is 34.2% of a your standard 38 game Premier League season. Take that 34% and plug it into a calendar and today is technically May, 5th. It’s Cinco de Mayo. We aren’t even at Labor Day yet. The summer sun has yet to make it’s presence known. There is plenty of time left to get back into the race for the top half and last season proved just that.
With all that being said, this coming week is the most important of the season for the club.
Starting on Saturday, Palace are home to a struggling Burnley team. Selhurst Park has not been kind this season with six matches yielding a measly two points and only two goals in total. We need to score goals. It’s really that simple although Palace seem to have one hell of a time doing just that.
The most important factor at play during this match is that it sets the tone for the entire week. With it being the only home game with the following two beinga way, it’s imperative that Palace start positively. A win would give this team a huge boost going into the most important match of the young season. A loss could further send Palace into a relegation spiral which is why I’m hoping for a draw minimum. Points are so badly needed that I’ll take whatever I can get at the moment.
The first “must win” match of the season comes that following Tuesday when Palace travel to Brighton’s second favorite club, Brighton Hove & Albion. We all know what happened last season. The rivals played out a sloppy goalless draw. Nothing too exciting. Oh wait, the Sussex Police lied about Palace fans bringing in flares and weapons. I’m sure that won’t have any affect on the fixture this season but why the Premier League scheduled this on the same exact day as last year makes n0 sense. Why not just have this on a Saturday or Sunday like most other rivalries?
Palace must come away from the Amex with all three points.
They have to. At some point they have to either turn this season around or face the fact that 2019 will include league matches against Manchester United and Brentford. The fans know that we have a good squad. Roy knows we have a good squad and has said as much multiple times. It’s time that the players play like they are a good squad.
The Seagulls have yet to secure a victory over Palace in the Premier League. Most likely due to the fact that Brighton have only played in the best league in the entire universe for only one season. Palace just finished their fifth consecutive Premier League season but hey, who’s counting?
Currently Brighton are six points clear of our beloved Eagles which is why this game is so important. The difference between three points behind and seven or nine points behind is immense. It’s time to close that gap.
A London Derby ends the week
The Eagles finish the biggest week of the season away at West Ham United. The biggest rival of Palace Twitter have had their own struggles too this campaign but have recently righted the ship. Throw out the fact that this is a derby match, these clubs are only separated by three points.
Matches like these were the games that Roy got results from last season. Burnley are level on points. West Ham three points ahead with Brighton six. It’s now or potentially never for Palace.
Our big players need to play like big players.
Wilfried Zaha. Andros Townsend. Luka Milivojevic. We need goals. They have to score goals. Wilf has been a non-factor since the win at Huddersfield. Andros continues to miss good chance after good chance. Luka still looks a step slow in midfield. Max Meyer played much better against United because Roy actually let him pick up the ball in the middle of the pitch and do what he does best – pass. Someone has to step up and it has to happen quickly.
The most important week of the season begins at 3pm on Saturday. The time is now for Palace to show what they are made of. If the previous four games are any indication, I think ultimately that everything will be alright. We have the heart, the fight, and the want to pull ourselves up and I expect us to do exactly that.
UP THE PALACE!!!