Premier League restart preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Team’s fine form before lockdown has all but ensured safety but will the home fans be treated to more goals in the run-in?

What was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? The 1-0 victory against Watford courtesy of Jordan Ayew’s winner at Selhurst Park just before the enforced break was Palace’s third in succession over clubs in the lower half of the table and has virtually assured survival for Roy Hodgson’s side already. Having looked in danger of being dragged into a relegation dogfight after some indifferent performances in January and most of February, beating Newcastle at home before the win at the Amex Stadium against rivals Brighton ensured Palace should already have enough of a cushion over the bottom three. Only Norwich have scored fewer goals but with nine clean sheets and only 32 conceded, solidity is the hallmark of Hodgson’s team.

Related: The great escapes: how Crystal Palace fought off relegation and liquidation 10 years ago

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