Balancing precariously above the drop zone in this season's Premier League table, life played out with the ongoing prospect of relegation has become standard procedure for Crystal Palace. Last term the club started terribly under Frank de Boer and were forced to take a completely different approach extremely early on, hiring veteran boss Roy Hodgson to steer them away from danger. The former England boss did just that, transforming things drastically in South London, securing top-flight football for at least another season after guiding Palace to a comfortable 11th placed finish.
This time around, much of the same problems that followed the Eagles last season have reared their ugly heads once more, namely their lack of consistent goalscorers. Sat just three points above the relegation zone as things stand, though Palace wouldn't be the first side mentioned when discussing candidates for the drop this term, they still find themselves very much in the mix. Huddersfield and Fulham already look doomed and with Southampton, Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton and Palace all separated by the finest of margins in the bottom half of the division, there's everything to play for right now.
Next month is absolutely pivotal for Roy Hodgson's side as they look to pull themselves away from danger. The Londoners go up against Burnley, Brighton, and Huddersfield throughout March, before a trip to Newcastle kicks off April. It's make or break for Palace at the moment, they could quite easily widen the gap between themselves and the rest of the relegation-threatened pack with a couple of positive results against teams in a similar position, or fall further down the table with a run of poor performances. One man who is absolutely vital for them though is their no nonsense, tough tackling, goalscoring leader Luka Milivojević, who's importance to the Eagles is as big as Wilfried Zaha's, just without all the hype.