Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Norwich
Tony Pulis came to Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace struggling to get any points on the board. Since then, his side have tightened up defensively and thanks to the rediscovering of the scoring touch from Maroune Chamakh.
The hardest part of being in the relegation zone over the Christmas period is to get themselves out of the bottom three. From there, it is a case of staying out of the bottom three. Games like tomorrow’s against Norwich will be the ones Pulis would be looking for his side to get the three points against.
The last six games will illustrate the Crystal Palace escape plan with wins against West Ham, Cardiff and Aston Villa. In between that, they made themselves tough against the other sides, losing by one goal away to Manchester City and away to Chelsea. Although the last two were defeats, the manner of the defeats would encourage the players to get the better of the sides around them when they meet.
For Norwich, there is no plan in place. A well-played game last time out against Manchester United gave the Norwich fans a little to be happy about. That said they would probably swap good performances against top clubs into wins against teams around them like their hosts tomorrow.
Both have significant injury concerns going into the game for both clubs, and this may just be a case for sharing a point and moving on to the next game with more players available.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.