Crystal Palace conclude their Premier League season by welcoming Tottenham Hotspur to Selhurst Park on Sunday.
The conclusion of the season can’t come quick enough for Roy Hodgson, with the Eagles’ wretched form seeing them lose their last 8 consecutive Premier League games.
Any outside chance of a Europa League place for the first time in the club’s history quickly evaporated shortly after the restart, with the club now destined for a bottom half finish.
Fans have been questioning Palace’s direction of late, with Hodgson, who is 73 early next month, comfortably the oldest manager in the division.
Crystal Palace’s ageing boss coupled with their ageing squad has led to question marks over the future of the club moving forward.
However, that average squad age will be brought down next season after the recent acquisition of 19-year-old defender Nathan Ferguson on a free transfer from West Brom.
Tottenham Hotspur travel to Selhurst Park safe in the knowing that Europa League football is on the agenda for next season – something which was up for debate at times this campaign.
Jose Mourinho will be pleased on the whole with his side’s efforts, but will also know all too well that there is plenty of work to be done if they are to compete for the top 4 next term.
Spurs see themselves as a Champions League club, but will finish no higher than 6th at the end of proceedings on Sunday should they beat Crystal Palace and other results go their way.
Mourinho won’t have Tanguy Ndombele for the trip to South London, with the midfielder still sidelined.
Dele Alli is expected to be fit for the game against Palace, though, after recovering from a thigh strain, meanwhile Eric Dier is back in contention after serving his 4-game FA ban.
Crystal Palace have a more significant injury pile-up, with Mamadou Sakho the latest victim after picking up a muscle tear last time out.
Sakho will join fellow defenders Gary Cahill, James Tomkins and Patrick van Aanholt on the treatment table.
Luka Milivojevic is rated 50-50 to feature against Spurs due to knee trouble, whilst Christian Benteke will sit out after being sent off in Palace’s last fixture.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, July 26.