Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace – State of the season
Callum Rodgers
70 days ago
It has been another solid if unspectacular season for Crystal Palace with boss Roy Hodgson keeping the Eagles flying a safe distance from the relegation zone.

Where they stand

Palace will have been more disappointed than most to have seen the season suspended having strung together three successive 1-0 wins before the Premier League was put on hiatus.

That sequence snapped a worrying winless run that stretched back to December 26 and appeared to justify the club's decision to hand manager Hodgson a contract extension with the ex-England head coach having proven time and again he's capable of steering the Selhurst Park outfit through choppy waters.

Palace's winning run had lifted the south London side to within one point of the 'magical' 40-point mark which usually guarantees top-flight safety and it looks fairly certain they'll be returning for what will be a seventh successive Premier League campaign.

What's left to play for?

With sixth-placed Wolves only four points clear of them, Palace could make a push for Europe if they pick up from where they left off once the Premier League season does resume.

Three wins on the spin is the best form the Eagles have shown all season and with some tough fixtures still to come, including matches against Chelsea, Leicester City, Manchester United, Wolves and Tottenham, it might be tricky to maintain their current run and sneak into a European qualification spot.

Having already been eliminated from both the FA and League Cups, a top-10 finish and the extra transfer revenue that will generate is perhaps the best Palace fans can hope for.

Best Game

Palace have enjoyed some good away days this season, getting the better of Brighton in the M23 derby and securing an unlikely draw at Manchester City.

However, their best performance of the campaign so far came at Old Trafford at the end of August when they defeated Manchester United 2-1.

It was the Eagles' first-ever Premier League win at Old Trafford at the 21st time of asking, Patrick van Aanholt netting a 93rd minute winner to stun the United faithful.

Star Man

While van Aanholt and Jordan Ayew grabbed the headlines with their goals against United, it was actually Gary Cahill who was the hero of the win having orchestrated a magnificent defensive performance.

The 34-year-old was picked up on a free transfer during the summer after being allowed to leave Chelsea and has been the standout player for Palace throughout the season.

With Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke and the rest of the Eagles forwards struggling for goals, it has been vital for the Palace backline to keep things tight and Cahill has played a vital role in that respect.

Hodgson's men have conceded the sixth-fewest goals in the Premier League, keeping nine clean sheets, and without the former England man's contribution, they wouldn't be as comfortable as they currently are in the standings.