Crystal Palace have the hardest fixtures in the Premier League relegation battle, says Sam Allardyce

 
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Allardyce's men must still face Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs, Manchester City and Manchester United (Source: Getty)

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce insists his team have the most difficult run-in of their fellow candidates for relegation from the Premier League.

Allardyce has steered Palace away from the bottom three with four consecutive wins, although that run ended with defeat at Southampton on Wednesday night.

He predicts that eight more points from their remaining eight games will be enough to survive but, with five of the top six still to play, he believes Palace have it hardest of all.

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“It’s not arguably that we’ve got the hardest run-in – we have got the hardest run-in,” said Allardyce.

“But we are in good form at the moment so hopefully that form will continue and the results will come with it.

“It’s about who can hold their nerve. When you go into the single-figure game mark, when that bell starts ringing, the time is running out, you've got to be very brave and stand up and be counted to survive and be in the Premier League next year.”

Palace’s revival under Allardyce peaked with last week’s 2-1 win at leaders Chelsea, following previous wins over Watford, West Brom and fellow strugglers Middlesbrough.

They currently sit 16th, three points above the relegation zone but with game in hand on most rivals, as they steel themselves for a testing run that starts with the visit of top-four chasing Arsenal on Monday.

That is followed by a clash with resurgent champions Leicester as well as games against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and, on the final weekend, Manchester United.

Asked to explain Palace’s revival, he added: “Maybe the past experience that I’ve had in saving teams in this position and the quality of players we’ve seen over the last four games hitting their potential. But it is a tough run-in and it’s going to go down right to the wire I think.”

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