Alan Pardew is dreaming of European football with Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew faces his former club Newcastle United this weekend as Palace look to pick themselves up after a damaging home defeat to Sunderland on Monday.

In the build-up to the game, Pardew has been speaking of his dream to lead Crystal Palace in Europe one day.

It would be a first for the club and would represent remarkable progress from the South-London club; just five years ago they were nearly out of business but now they are flying high in the Premier League, and with potential new investment on the horizon, the club is going from strength to strength.

But first Pardew’s side must crack their home form, which could scupper any chances of making the UEFA Europa League. The defeat on Monday was just another case that Palace have to find a way of breaking down stubborn opposition.

And with Newcastle in a precarious position, their visit to Selhurst Park this weekend will represent a chance for Palace to exercise any demons that may exist still at Selhurst.

If we’re ‘in the top 10’ at February will we will ‘attack’ the Europa League

Palace currently occupies tenth position, and with a win on Saturday they could push higher depending on other results.

And speaking before the game, Pardew said: "We have to get to February to see if we've got a chance of Europe. If we're in the top 10 then, of course, there's going to be a chance and we'll attack it."

The Christmas period will be vital for Palace, if they can string together some good results, and also steer clear of injuries they could well push for Europa League

"But we need to get to the end of February first. Our home form has been good this season. We haven't won them all but they've been very close and I expect to win more than we lose at home this year,” said the former Newcastle boss.

Pardew finished by saying: "The image of the club is very important. The way we play, the way the club is thought about is very much part of what I want to see. I want to see the club respected across the country, not just for the fans but what we put on the pitch."

Kick-off on Saturday is at 3PM in the Barclay's Premier League. VAVEL UK will have full coverage of the day's action.

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