An amazing statistic surrounding the form of Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace has been turning plenty of heads online today.
Palace down United
The Eagles travelled to Old Trafford this past Saturday afternoon, for a meeting with Manchester United.
Palace headed into proceedings still looking for their first win of the campaign, having followed up an opening day stalemate with Everton with a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.
And their search for 3 points was widely-predicted to continue beyond the club’s trip to Manchester.
When the 90 minutes were said and done, however, Palace went on to stun their illustrious hosts.
Jordan Ayew opened the game’s scoring against the run of play with half an hour gone, before Daniel James pulled one back for United with 89 minutes on the clock.
Incredibly, though, a near post strike from Patrick van Aanholt deep into injury-time eventually saw the visitors emerge with all 3 points.
90 – Patrick van Aanholt has become only the second ever player to score a 90th minute winner vs Man Utd in the Premier League, after Thierry Henry with Arsenal in January 2007. Van Aanholt is the first to do so in a match at Old Trafford. Incredible. #MUNCRY pic.twitter.com/uITm70IWZV
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 24, 2019
Palace continue to impress
The Londoners’ win at Old Trafford takes their season tally to 4 points, good enough for joint-5th in the Premier League table.
And their 3-point haul has since also given rise to a hugely-surprising statistic.
As showcased in the chart below, since the beginning of February, only Liverpool and Manchester City have enjoyed better runs of form in the English top-flight than Palace.
Across their last 17 league outings, Roy Hodgson’s men have picked up 30 points, 1 more than both Arsenal and Chelsea:
Crystal Palace quietly going about their business in the Premier League > Since their win vs Fulham on February 2nd, only Man City & Liverpool have won more Premier League points than they have (30). Gone unnoticed by many, but Roy Hodgson doing a great job. pic.twitter.com/8tDq9a0mx1
— Matt Furniss (@Matt_Furniss) August 26, 2019