Allardyce reveals safety target

17 March 2017 10:26:29 EST

Sam Allardyce claims his Crystal Palace side need to reach 38 points this season to be certain of avoiding Premier League relegation.

The Eagles chief, who replaced the sacked Alan Pardew in December, appears to have started working his magic at Selhurst Park in recent weeks with back-to-back victories dragging the side out of the relegation places.

Thirty-eight [points] for me. It used to be the magic 40 but the last few years 38 has been enough.

Sam Allardyce

However, Allardyce, who has never been relegated in his managerial career, has warned that Palace remain in deep trouble with just one point between them and 18th-placed Hull City.

The Londoners have 11 games remaining this season and the 62-year-old feels they need to secure 13 more points from those to maintain their top flight status for another season and help ensure their best players remain on board.

Speaking ahead of Watford's visit on Saturday, Allardyce said: "Securing our position in the Premier League will mean the majority of players will still be here. I dread to think what will happen if we don't secure our status.

"Thirty-eight [points] for me. It used to be the magic 40 but the last few years 38 has been enough. But you've got to try and win more than that, you can't just strive for 38. The quicker you accumulate the points, the quicker you relieve the pressure."

Palace, who are 1/40 not to be relegated this season, can be backed at 10/11 to make it three successive league wins against the Hornets, while the visitors are 18/5 to come out on top and the draw is 5/2.

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