Pardew’s win ratio at Palace up there with the best
Alan Pardew has done an outstanding job since taking over at Palace in January 2015. Pardew currently has a win ratio of 52.9%, winning 18 of his 34 Premier League matches in charge of the South Londoners. To put this into context, successful managers of top Premier League clubs tend to have a win ratio of roughly 60 – 65%. For Pardew to be operating at a win ratio as high has 52.9% over essentially a full season (34 matches) is staggering and even more remarkable when you consider that in the latest financial accounts published, Palace had the 18th highest wage bill in the Premier League.
Palace now sit in 6th in the Premier League just three points off fourth place. With 4 wins at home and 4 wins away, Palace are equally capable of winning at Selhurst Park as they are on their travels while only Leicester City, Arsenal and Manchester City have won more matches than Palace this season.
Defensively, Palace are one of the best organised sides in the league and this is epitomised by the Eagles excellent defensive record. No side in the Premier League has conceded as few as Palace (6) have on their travels while under Pardew, Crystal Palace have conceded more than 1 goal in an away match just once (Burnley). In midfield, the acquisition of Yohan Cabaye was billed as a major coup in the summer and the Frenchman has certainly delivered. Cabaye gives Palace a greater range of passing and composure from deep and is also Palace’s top scorer with 5 goals. While in Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie, Palace have the most exciting wide players in the league who are a real threat to any side.
Crystal Palace are also the best front runners in the Premier League. Based on the calendar year of 2015, when Palace take the lead, Alan Pardew’s side have a 92.9% chance of winning the match. Palace have taken the lead in 14 matches in the calendar year of 2015 winning 13 of those matches, drawing one without losing a single match they have taken the lead in. This includes matches against Manchester City and away matches at Liverpool (twice) and Chelsea. Palace are at their best on the counter attack and when they take the lead this gives Pardew’s troops further encouragement to play exactly how they like. Palace sit deep, slow the game down and hit sides with the blistering pace they have in forward areas.
A problem which Pardew needs to address, however, is a lack of a real goal scoring forward. Last season, Fraizer Campbell (1), Dwight Gayle (2) and Marouane Chamakh (1) were the only centre forwards that scored under Pardew. While, this season none of Palace’s centre forwards, Connor Wickham, Dwight Gayle, Fraizer Campbell, Marouane Chamakh or Patrick Bamford have scored a single Premier League goal. The Eagles are the only club in the Premier League without a single goal from any of their centre forwards yet Pardew still has Palace doing so well.
Crystal Palace fans nickname Alan Pardew ‘Pardiola’ with reference to Pep Guardiola and although Pardew will never get the plaudits that Guardiola receives, the job Pardew is doing at Selhurst Park cannot be underestimated.
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