Title odds 2016-17 1,000-1
Star man Scott Dann
The defender has led by example, defending stoutly in the face of often relentless pressure and contributing some crucial goals at the other end from setpieces. Has deserved to be linked with an England call-up, and could yet get one next season.
What went right?
At their best, Palace were one of the most exhilarating counter-attacking sides in the league. No team boast more natural skill or exuberance on the flanks than Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha, and record signing Yohan Cabaye fitted in well in central midfield.
What went wrong?
2015 ended, and so did Palace’s form. There was no Plan B against sides prepared to sit deep and invite pressure, Alan Pardew lost his knack for making telling substitutions and the gamble not to add significantly in the January window backfired.
A few in the second half of the season. Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham and Jason Puncheon had disappointing campaigns, and Emmanuel Adebayor looked like a man who had not played for months. Yet most dismal of all was Marouane Chamakh, who barely kicked a ball.
What’s the verdict on Alan Pardew?
Mixed. The catastrophic run of results in the league after Christmas would have done for most managers, but the Cup run should save Pardew, who is still well backed by chairman Steve Parish.