Alan Pardew’s men have been a revelation at the start of the season and moved up to second with a win at Chelsea on August 29. They lost 1-0 last time out to an injury-time goal against City.
Incredibly, they have won eight out of 10 of their last Premier League away matches, a run that started at Burnley back in January.
“They showed signs of what they are capable of when Alan Pardew took over last season and this season they’ve really kicked on,” said Eric, who has started all of our six matches so far this term.
“It will be a tough test. They’ve got a bit of everything now because they are organised, they defend well but then they also have good attacking players with flair and creativity.
“It’s a cliché but there are no easy games in the Premier League. Last season, people were talking about Palace possibly going down but they are now right at the top end of the table.
“Look at the likes of Swansea, Everton, Southampton and now Leicester. There are so many good teams that you can’t afford to be off the pace in any game. You have to be ready every weekend.”