Crystal Palace easily beat QPR at home today 3-1, and they were 3-0 up at half time and in the nine Premier League games Alan Pardew has been in charge of the team he has five wins and a draw – against Newcastle.
Sunderland hammered 4-0 by Aston Villa at home
That’s 16 points from nine league games – and the game before he took charge was another draw so since Pardew left Newcastle, Palace have more than doubled their points total in 10 games, after having only 16 points after the first 19 games.
On the other hand Newcastle have gone from 26 points after 19 games to 35 points after 28 games – that’s only 9 points from 9 league games under John Carver – and we are at Everton tomorrow.
So Palace have gained 8 points on us since the Everton win when Pardew essentially lefty Newcatsle – but we do have the game in hand tomorrow.
West Brom beat Stoke 1-0 at home and also move to 33 points after 29 games played – just 2 points behind Newcastle.
So with both West Brom and Palace having gained momentum under their new managers – they could even catch Newcastle before the end of the season.
West Ham remain 4 points ahead of Newcastle after they were beaten 3-0 at Arsenal today and Stoke remain 7 points ahead of us on 42 points, after their loss at West Brom.
We could really do with a (rare) win tomorrow at Goodison Park.
And alarm bells will be going off at Sunderland after they were beaten 4-0 by Aston Villa and the Black Cats were 4-0 down at half time.
That’s three wins on the trot in all competitions now by Villa under new manager Tim Sherwood, and two league wins in a row.
And Villa are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup too when they will play either Blackburn Rovers or Liverpool at Wembley.
In the 14 games on the road before today’s game Aston Villa had managed only 4 goals in total, but they doubled that in the first 44 minutes at the Stadium of Light this afternoon, and many fans left the ground before half time.
Sunderland will think they can get another 3 points on April 4th at home to Newcastle, about the only team they can beat these days in the Premier league.
But they will have to stop the rot in their other games – otherwise they could be in deep relegation trouble – they are currently only 4 points above the drop zone with a poor goal difference of -20.
They have only 3 draws from their last six Premier League games.
Late Update – with Burnley beating Manchester City 1-0 at home tonight, they are now on 25 points – only one point behind a slumping Sunderland side.
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