Bookies go 2/11 for Big Sam to keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Big Sam has his work cut-out but will he keep the Eagles flying high at the end of the season?

Bookies go 2/11 for Big Sam to keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League

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Glen Laidlaw

December 27th, 2016

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Crystal Palace decided that enough was enough and parted ways with former manager Alan Pardew earlier this week, his reign at Selhurst Park ending very much on a low following some utterly dreadful recent results. Whilst the former Newcastle United boss steered his Eagles side into the FA Cup final earlier in 2016, the side’s performances in  the Premier League left much to be desired with a mere six wins from 36 league games in 2016.

The Crystal Palace hierarchy haven’t been slow in appointing his successor and ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce was the bookies’ favourite from the outset. The former England manager has proven credentials in keeping struggling teams in the top-flight, as demonstrated when he kept struggling Sunderland in the Premier League at the close of last season, against all the odds. He has his work very much cut-out with Crystal Palace but many believe that he will maintain his record of having never being relegated from the top-flight.

Allardyce takes charge of a Palace outfit which sit dangerously close to the relegation zone. His first game in charge ended in a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day and two points now separate the Eagles from the bottom three in the Premier League. Big Sam has set his sights on tightening up a rearguard which have conceded no less than 32 Premier League goals since the start of the season and we wish him luck with what will be a pretty difficult task ahead.

“I’ve got a very important job in stopping the goals going in at the other end first, to be perfectly honest,” the new Palace boss said to reporters.

“Attacking players when you’re in possession are fantastic because this season the strengthening in that area by the club and by Alan has brought a lot of flair to the team and I think that has brought quite a few more goals than perhaps they were looking like scoring last season. But at the other side of it is when we’re not in possession we’ve just got to stop conceding goals and make sure that those goals we score win us games now.

“It sounds simple, but it’s not that easy and that’s what we’ve got to try and turn around. [The target] first and foremost is just to say ‘let’s stop losing’. That’s the object, to try and find the basis of consistency that brings us some results.”

The leading bookmakers believe that Big Sam will be successful in his challenge of keeping the Eagles in the Premier League at the end of the season with Bet365 going 2/11 that they remain in the top flight for 2017/18 and 4/1 that they make the drop to the Championship.

 

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