It’s not been a great season for Crystal Palace and a 3-1 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday (December 4) was their ninth league defeat of the season. The latest loss leaves Roy Hodgson in real danger of becoming the next Premier League manager to leave his club.
Palace made a dreadful start to last season with no points and not a goal in sight. Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer in September and eventually the results started to improve. Palace ended the season in 11th place winning their final three games. The hope was that the 2018/19 season would see the London side continue to make progress under Hodgson but that hasn’t been the case.
Another Poor Start
The new season got off to a good start with a 2-0 win away at Fulham, but the next three league games were lost, and another poor start had been made. September ended well with four points from two games against Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United.
However, the team were depending too much on Wilfried Zaha and the wins were against struggling sides. The goalscoring problem was there too with none scoring in open play at home until their seventh game of the season when beating Burnley, another struggling side.
Tough Fixtures Ahead
The loss at Brighton in which their opponents played most of it with only ten men was their ninth league defeat. Only one of their last ten league games have been won and at the weekend, they travel to West Ham. With games against both Chelsea and Manchester City later this month, Palace could well sink into the bottom three.
With no league win since September, the odds of 9/1 at SkyBet for Hodgson to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club are starting to look very appealing.
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