The champagne has been put on ice, the flags are being ironed, the balloons have all been ordered.
Chelsea's title celebrations are being prepared for Sunday -- Jose Mourinho's men are 13 points clear with four games left and just one more win will secure them the Premier League title for the first time in five years. But one team stands in their way and it's a team with a big record of ruining title celebrations.
The only thing missing at Selhurst Park on Saturday was a sandcastle and a towel. That's because the Crystal Palace players are already on the beach enjoying their summer holidays. A defeat to Hull City that lacked any sort of intensity makes it two losses to fairly poor teams within the space of a week (after going down 2-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion seven days previously). The Eagles' season is in danger of petering out like a badly built bonfire.
It's that time of the year when footballers start writing their acceptance speeches and ironing their best suits; it's award season. The PFA awards will soon be on us, crowning the Premier League's best players and managers, while around the country each individual club will be holding their own award nights.
Palace's is in a couple of weeks, where fans going on the night will be asked to vote for the team's Player of the Year, and there are quite a few candidates. Classy defender Scott Dann,...
So that's what it feels like to be on the other side. That's what it feels like to have played against Crystal Palace last season. And it turns out that it really isn't fun. Seeing it from the other side of the fence has only just made it apparent how many teams Palace must have frustrated last season under Tony Pulis.
The former Palace manager did a number on his former side with current club West Brom; he "Pulised" them. He Pulised them good. Palace had the majority of possession -- a massive...