Can Crystal Palace solidify their place in the Premier League and become a solid fixture in the top flight once again? For the first time ever, Palace have now been in the Premier League for two seasons in a row and will be looking to build on that momentum heading into kick off for the season in August.
Looking at the fixture list recently released for the 2015-16 season, Palace do have an opportunity with a nicely balanced schedule, which can make all the difference for a team on the knife’s edge of a potential relegation battle. Palace kick off away from home but at a very winnable location, Norwich, before returning home on August 15th to host Arsenal. While that will be a tough game, Palace stay home the next week against Villa and will be hoping for at least four points from those first three games.
Then it does get tough for Palace. The Eagles will head up to Chelsea and then welcome Manchester City before going to North London to take on Tottenham. It’s hard to see Palace taking more than a point from those three games and they will hope that run of results doesn’t damage confidence.
Palace will then have four winnable games in a row, including at Selhurst Park versus West Brom and West Ham. The critical Christmas period is also kind to Palace thanks to the fixture computer, with matches against Stoke City (away), Bournemouth (away), Swansea (home) and then Bournemouth again (home). Palace could pick up at least seven points in those games and head into the New Year with real momentum.
From there through the end of the season, Palace have no particularly difficult or easy stretches of games, with a nicely balanced schedule. Crucially, it ends with several games that the Eagles could pick up points in to assist in a relegation battle – Everton (home) April 26th, Newcastle (away) April 30th, Stoke City (home) May 7th and Southamption (away) May 15th.
Overall, we think that Palace have a good chance to keep their place in the Premier League for an unprecedented third season in a row.