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Palace are the first side in English top-flight his­tory to start the sea­son with five de­feats and no goals scored.

They are with­out a goal in 450 min­utes this sea­son, the long­est run from the start of a Premier League cam­paign.

The Ea­gles have failed to score in six con­sec­u­tive league games for the first time since Jan­uary 1995 (a run of nine).

Their next three Premier League games? Manch­ester City (a), Manch­ester United (a), Chelsea (h). And even a trip to New­cas­tle on 20 Oc­to­ber is not ap­peal­ing.


Roy Hodg­son is the first for­mer Eng­land man­ager to fail to win his first game in charge of Crys­tal Palace since, well, the club’s last for­mer Eng­land man­ager, Sam Al­lardyce, as pointed out by Gary Lineker. Al­lardyce made a slow start in south London, draw­ing his first match 1-1, against Wat­ford, on Box­ing Day 2016, and gained one point from his first six league games. His side needed a re­play to beat third-tier Bolton in the FA Cup third round and a first win came at Bournemouth on 31 Jan­uary 2017. But Palace fin­ished 14th.

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