Reading Palace forums, they quite confident of getting something and a lot are predicting a win for them.
I'm not entirely surprised. They're turning things around and have the feel good boost from bringing in a bunch of new signings. If they go ahead with their first shot on goal like others, it could be a long 90 mins.
We on the other hand need a performance. Something to lift people and make them believe we could go on a run until the end of the season. Right now it's all very stop start and with Palace then Chelsea it has the potential to bring more of the same. We need Barkley back at his best, along with Deulofeu and either Traore or Lukaku up top. We need a game where we hit them early and ideally get 2 or 3 without conceding. All these games of late we play on a knife edge because we can't reliably find ways to score and it does nothing for our confidence.
If Traore or Lukaku come in and start getting goals, I think the whole mood could shift the same as it did when Lukaku came on at West Ham. All of a sudden there was a sharpness to our attacking play, a positivity of getting into the box rather than dancing around it. I don't think many are confident in how we are lining up at the moment though.