The Eagles' attempts to steer clear of danger have been hampered by a paucity of attacking options, but their two key centre-forwards look to have recovered in time for Brighton and Hove Albion's visit on Saturday. However, they are not one of the favourites to suffer relegation, with the bottom three now favourited by the bookmakers for the drop this season.
On top of that Palace knocked Brighton out of the Championship play-offs on their way to promotion to the Premier League in 2013 when Wilfried Zaha was the difference between the two. The side have only won one of their last ten games, at fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town, but they have had a tough run of fixtures and were unlucky to lose against Man United and Liverpool after leading in both matches.
It was a huge win for Palace, which moved to within a point of Brighton and has four games left of a season it has spent near the bottom of the standings. Brighton were beaten at Everton and at home to Leicester before being held by Huddersfield in a 1-1 draw last week. 'It's hard at this stage to speak about six-pointers because they are all very big games.
Crystal Palace are [1.95] favourites and it is hard to argue with this.
The defeat leaves Mark Hughes without a point in his three league games in charge and the FA Cup semi-finalists are now five points from safety in 18th spot.
Once Brighton had showed that they remained confident of a turnaround, the tide slowly turned in their favour as they began to have more success in the final third at a time when Palace started to pose less of a threat up the other end. They will have to pick themselves up quickly for the visit of Tottenham to the Amex on Tuesday night. Brighton's away form is poor with their last league victory on the road coming back in November.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton says all three goals they conceded were avoidable as they lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace.
All five goals came in the first half with Brighton twice conceding from corners to allow Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins to score before being sloppy again for Zaha's second. Brighton have also been very solid defensively and significantly, all of their away matches during the campaign have resulted in under 3.5 goals.