Crystal Palace Struggle to Maintain Premier League Safety Position

Crystal Palace is a Premier League club with a storied history and well known brand sponsored by Mansion Group. The London based Eagles have seen some highs and lows over the past couple years, with some very memorable and emotional moments. On May 5th 2014, Palace hosted Liverpool and battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the Reds and ultimately spoil LFC’s best chance for a league title since 1990.

On May 21st, 2016 Crystal Palace took a very late lead on Manchester United in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. Then Palace manager Alan Pardew began dancing in celebration prematurely, and United eventually snatched a victory, and thus silverware, away from the Eagles.

This May, Palace are set to be involved in high stakes drama again, but this time it’s not about winning trophies, but just merely staying up in the Premier League. Currently, the Eagles hold the final remaining safety position, but by just one point.

If Crystal Palace is to get relegated, it would obviously be bad for business, something all of their sponsors, including Mansion Casino, are well aware of. Of course, Mansion is also a sponsor for AFC Bournemouth, a side pleasantly exceeding expectations this season in 14th place. The Cherries earned their first ever promotion to the top flight with a Championship league title in 2014-15.

Bournemouth are most likely safe, it would take a dramatic collapse down the stretch here in order for them to reach the drop zone, but there are two teams in between the Cherries and Crystal Palace which should be worried. Defending champions Leicester City, last year’s historical feel good story, are in 15th place and only three points from the relegation zone. Below them in 16th place are Swansea City, a Welsh club that’s sacked their manager not once, but twice already this season!

Palace sit in 17th place with Hull City one point behind them in 18th, Middlesbrough two points below the Tigers in 19th and Sunderland, three points off their pace, sitting in dead last. Palace only have six points up on the basemen dwelling Black Cats, so the final weeks of the season promises to bring extreme excitement. The scrap for the final safety positions can often be just as fierce as the race for the top.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. and News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times and NBC Chicago.com, contributes to Chicago Tribune.comBoldWGN CLTV and KOZN. 

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