First Game Back
They will first travel to the South Coast, to face relegation-threatened Bournemouth. Prior to the Premier League's suspension, Palace have won their last three league games.
Bournemouth on the other hand, currently sit in 18th and have failed to win a league game since they beat Aston Villa 2-1 on February 1st. If the Eagles are to make a final effort to get close to European football, these are the sort of games they'll have to gain points from. Wilfried Zaha will once again be a focal point for the attack as the aim will be to look to drive towards the Cherries' usually leaky defence.
A Tough Run
A trip to Anfield this season hasn't been an enjoyable trip for many teams (apart from Atletico Madrid) and sides like Crystal Palace will be focussing on damage limitation in this fixture. Liverpool have all-but secured the title but their invincible season is in tatters following their 3-0 defeat against Watford as well as their elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
For Palace to get anything out of this game, they'll need the likes of Gary Cahill, Scott Dann and Vicente Guaita to be on top form, and as for their frontmen, Zaha, Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke will have to take every single chance they can possibly muster up against the Reds.
Their following matches see them facing teams around and above them, also in the hunt for their own respective European ambitions. First, they host Burnley. Playing against Burnley has a tendency to be a rather dim spectacle. Sean Dyche's has his men defending in numbers and rely heavily on their target men up-front, Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes to produce the goals, as well as the creative sparks of Matej Vydra, Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil. But, beating the likes of central defenders, Ben Mee and James Tarkowski at the back will be no easy task, so once again, all eyes will be on Zaha.
Their games against Leicester and Chelsea will be significantly tougher, considering that there is more at stake for the opponents. Having secured the signing of German striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, Chelsea will be keen to assure their future in the Champions League, as will the Foxes.
A short rest bite against another relegation-threatened side, Aston Villa, separates two sets of nightmare fixtures for the Eagles. Villa recently secured a point against Sheffield United, although the game was remembered for the goal-line technology fiasco.
Villa have had defensive issues, despite Tyrone Mings being a shining light, making the England squad and signing experienced veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina, conceding goals this season is still a problem for Villa. They are heavily reliant on their skipper Jack Grealish for their creativity and goals. Palace have a more solid defensive line, so Palace Vavel back the Eagles to pick up the three points.
Their final three games of this unique Premier League season will see Palace face Wolves, Spurs and Manchester United. Thankfully, Palace aren't in immediate relegation danger, but when you see these fixtures, they are extremely tough regardless. Wolves have a class midfield, manned by the Portuguese duo of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, then you reach their lethal attack featuring Raul Jimenez, Diego Jota and Adama Traore.
Wolves will still be aiming for European football and this will be a game they go into as strong favourites. Spurs and United are in a similar boat. Spurs' season has been below par, as they sit in eigth place, whilst United are in fifth.
From their remaining fixtures, it's like that the Eagles will end the season in and around mid-table, with their only realistic opportunity of three points coming against Aston Villa and Bournemouth. Maybe chances of a draw could come against Spurs and Leicester, but otherwise, Palace VAVEL predicts Palace to pick up 7-8 points.