Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea

Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, December 17 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 17/4 – Draw 3/1 – Chelsea 8/13

Match Preview 

Crystal Palace welcome Chelsea to Selhurst Park on Saturday morning, with the London Derby being the first game of the Premier League fixtures this weekend.

Alan Pardew’s side come into this one off the back of their midweek defeat against United, a game full of controversy. It was a tough result for Palace to take but they have to pick themselves up and be ready for this tie.

Crystal Palace are just three points above the relegation zone and need to get on a run of form sharpish to ensure they’re not dragged into the battle to avoid the drop. A positive result here and stopping Chelsea’s winning run would do wonders for the confidence of both the players and fans.

Worryingly for Palace, they have won just one in their last ten Premier League games, picking up just five points from a possible 30.

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There is not much to say about Chelsea’s run of form that hasn’t already been said, however they are only six points clear at the top of the table and the Premier League throws up never ending surprise results.

Antonio Conte’s side have won their last ten games in a row but know they’re going to be in for another tough afternoon here. Chelsea will be expecting to remain tight at the back and clinical as they move forward.

Chelsea’s defensive displays have been resilient, especially in their last two one-nil wins. They have kept eight clean sheets in their run of ten wins and will be hoping to add another to that list this weekend.

Conte has strength in depth at his disposal, he has already started making more use of his squad, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas working his way back into the side, it wouldn’t be surprising to see another change in the middle for this tie.

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Team News

Crystal Palace are expecting to be without seven players for this London Derby as Papa Souare, Jonathan Benteke, Connor Wickham, Steve Mandanda, James Tomkins, Bakary Sakho and Loic Remy are all doubtful.

Chelsea’s injury list remains minimal, Kurt Zouma, John Terry and Marco van Ginkel are all still working their way back to fitness, while Oscar, Eden Hazard and John Obi Mikel are all doubts.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/L/W/D/L

Chelsea’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Emphatic – Chelsea have won their last ten Premier League games in a row. They are four games away from equalling the current record for most consecutive wins in the Premier League era.

Key Player: Diego Costa – The Spaniard is on fire. Chelsea’s run of form has been impressive but would probably not have been possible without Costa being as clinical in front of goal as he has been. Expect him to be in the thick of the action this weekend, he does however remain one booking away from suspension.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea – Another hard-fought game for both of these sides. Palace are expected to set up to frustrate Chelsea in this tie and it will be down to Conte’s men to break down a solid side once again.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool

Venue: Selhurst Park – Sunday, March 6 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 13/5 – Draw 23/10 – Liverpool 23/20

Match Preview

Crystal Palace will hope to end a dreadful run of form when they welcome Liverpool to Selhurst Park in the earlier of the Sunday Premier League games this weekend.

Form suggests that Palace are currently the worst team in the league after they saw their winless streak stretch to 11 with a draw away to Sunderland in the week.

Despite being nine points clear of the relegation zone, Alan Pardew and his team will be wary that unless things change soon, they may be fighting for survival in the final weeks of the campaign.

Crystal Palace’s Premier League record: P28 – W9 – D6 – L13

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Liverpool have arguably been the most impressive team over the last couple of weeks and are now only six points off the top four.

A 3-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday saw the Merseyside club close the gap on their top four rivals. The win of course followed up the agonising loss on penalties to City in the League Cup final last Sunday, and that resilience will have delighted Jurgen Klopp.

After scoring nine goals in their last two Premier League games and conceding none, Liverpool are in the best form of their season and look on course for a serious push for Europe.

Liverpool’s record in the Premier League: P27 – W11 – D8 – L8 

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Team News

Crystal Palace remain hopeful Wayne Hennessey and Connor Wickham can both shake off knocks to start. Jason Puncheon and James McArthur are both out.

Liverpool will of course still be without Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, who both have season-ending injuries. Mamadou Sakho (head) is a doubt but Lucas Leiva (thigh strain) is ruled out so Klopp’s problems at the back continue.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/D/L/L/D

Liverpool’s last five: W/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: Crystal Palace are yet to win in the Premier League in 2016.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Brazilian is flourishing under Jurgen Klopp and is given the freedom to create all over the final third. With his freedom of movement, it will be hard for the Palace defence to track him and so you can expect him to manipulate space and cause them problems on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool – Form doesn’t often lie and this Palace side are struggling to look convincing enough to win in the league. Liverpool rolled over a very good Manchester City side in midweek, so we’re expecting an easy away win.

Could Palace break disappointing club record this season after West Brom loss?

Crystal Palace‘s 3-2 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening marked their 13th loss of the Premier League season so far.

Alan Pardew‘s side have been nose-diving and failure to win a league game since a 2-1 success away at Stoke on December 19 has seen them slip from sixth in the table to 14th.

The Eagles are now just eight points above the drop zone with 11 games remaining, and hopes of competing for European qualification have long gone, with the prospect of a relegation battle fast becoming a possibility.

Not only did the West Brom defeat have implications on their position in the table, but it also meant that Palace have now gone ten consecutive league games without a win.

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It’s their worst run in the top flight for 11 years as they also went on a ten-game winless streak in the 2004/05 season, when they were eventually relegated.

Palace’s previous longest period without winning a Premier League game came in the 1997/98 campaign when they recorded a run of 15 games without victory – they finished bottom that year.

Failure to win any of their next five games this season would see them match that club record of most games without a win in the Premier League – six games without victory would see it eclipsed.

Crystal Palace’s next six Premier League fixtures:

  • Sunderland (away) – Tuesday, March 1
  • Liverpool (home) – Sunday, March 6
  • Leicester (home) – Saturday, March 19
  • West Ham (away) – Saturday, April 2
  • Norwich (home) – Saturday, April 9
  • Arsenal (away) – Sunday, April 17
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Alan Pardew is suffering a manager’s worst nightmare right now and when things aren’t going right, nothing seems to go your way, which usually results in confidence hitting rock bottom.

All of a sudden, Tuesday night’s trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland holds massive importance for this Crystal Palace side as four of their next five fixtures after that look ominous.

If the Eagles can’t stop the rot sooner rather than later, then they could well find themselves in a whole lot of trouble come May.

Will Crystal Palace break the club record for their longest winless run in the Premier League? Are they slipping into a relegation battle?

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace

Competition: FA Cup: Fifth Round – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, February 21 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham Hotspur 8/13 – Draw 14/5 – Crystal Palace 19/4

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome London rivals Crystal Palace to White Hart Lane in an FA Cup clash to savour on Sunday, with a place in the quarter-finals of the competition at stake.

Spurs are enjoying an incredible season and are genuine title contenders at this stage. They have the chance to strengthen their chase for three major trophies with a win here, but there will be question marks over their consistency as a trip to Fiorentina on Thursday may play a factor in Sunday’s performance.

This is a crucial part of the season for Spurs. They are already further in the FA Cup than they managed last year and fans would be forgiven for dreaming of an incredible domestic double.

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A few first team players were benched on Thursday and so we’re expecting changes from Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham’s 2016 FA Cup run: 3rd Round: Leicester (H) 2-2 – Leicester (A) 2-0 (replay) – 4th Round: Colchester (A) 4-1

Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor will return to White Hart Lane for the first time since leaving with Crystal Palace here. Make what you will of what that means, but we’re expecting emotions to run high.

Palace are struggling for form. They haven’t won in the Premier League since December and have only won once in their last seven. That’s simply not good enough for a side that was threatening the top four earlier in the season.

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They have, however, seemingly been good in the cup and could still qualify for European football if they can reach the final of this year’s FA Cup. They won’t need any more incentive to win on Sunday, though, with a trip to London rivals Spurs enough motivation for the Eagles.

Crystal Palace’s 2016 FA Cup run: 3rd Round: Southampton (A) 2-1 – 4th Round: Stoke City (H) 1-0

Tottenham have already completed a league double over their London rivals this season, with the most recent meeting coming just a month ago. Spurs came from behind to win 3-1 at Selhurst Park, with Dele Alli’s wonder-goal making the difference.

Team News

Tottenham Hotspur are expected to rotate the side that played in Florence on Thursday night, with the highlight changes likely to come at full back as Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are both expected to return. Tom Carroll, Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie are all out and Hugo Lloris is unlikely to feature as he is battling a minor shoulder injury.

Crystal Palace could see Yannick Bolasie, Joe Ledley and Dwight Gayle all return following minor leg injuries. James McArthur and Jason Puncheon are yet to be given return dates.

Key Points

Tottenham Hotspur’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/W/D

Crystal Palace’s last five in all competitions: L/W/L/D/L

Key Stat: Spurs have only lost once in their last 14 matches in all competitions.

Key Player: Emmanuel Adebayor – Say what you will about the big Palace striker but he has a habit of proving to be a match-winner in big-game situations and it wouldn’t surprise us if he produces some magic against his former club here. If Palace are to win, he will be the catalyst on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Crystal Palace – Although Palace have already dispatched of Premier League opposition twice in this year’s FA Cup, we’re not expecting the third outing to be as fortunate. This is a well drilled and talented Tottenham team and it would take something special to beat them on Sunday in the form they’re in.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Crystal Palace

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs Crystal Palace

Venue: Goodison Park – Monday, December 7 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 21/20 – Draw 13/5 – Crystal Palace 12/5

Match Preview

Everton host Crystal Palace in a key Premier League clash on Monday night with just one point separating the two sides going into the game.

The Toffees have enjoyed a mixed start to the season but are unbeaten in four and now look to be in good shape.

They will be devastated with the way they threw away a two-goal lead against Bournemouth last week, only to draw 3-3, but they followed up that result with a 2-0 League Cup win against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Everton’s Premier League record: P14 – W5 – D6 – L3

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Roberto Martinez’s side have a favourable run of fixtures coming up on paper and will expect to take all three points against Palace on Monday.

Alan Pardew’s Eagles are struggling to soar to the heights they were early on in the season but they have won two of their last three and are better away from home so they will be confident.

They came from behind to beat Newcastle 5-1 last Saturday and beat Liverpool in their last away game. More success on Merseyside will be on the agenda this week.

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Liverpool’s Premier League record: P14 – W7 – D1 – L6

This will be the 13th Premier League meeting between the two sides. Everton have won six of the previous 12 games but have only won one of their last four league games against the Eagles.

Team News

Everton could be without six players for the visit of Palace as Phil Jagielka, Bryan Oviedo, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are all out, while Tyias Browning and James McCarthy remain doubts.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will be without three players as Kwesi Appiah and Bakary Sakho are both injured, while Wilfried Zaha is suspended.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: L/W/D/W/D

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: Everton have only won one of their last five home games against Crystal Palace in all competitions.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The powerful striker has six goals in his last six games and looks dangerous every time he gets near the goal. The Palace defence will be fearing the prospect of containing him.

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Score Prediction

Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace – This should be an open and entertaining game between two attacking sides. The Toffees will hope home advantage can help them to take all three points and climb ahead of Palace in the league table.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion 

Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, October 3 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – West Bromwich Albion 7/2

Match Preview

Crystal Palace host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon in a clash which sees Tony Pulis return to his old stomping ground, Selhurst Park with the Baggies.

Palace will want defer from their current form as they have only managed one win in their last three after a solid start which saw them sit second in the league early on.

Playing without a registered striker, Palace have suffered without the outlet of a natural forward and Bakary Sako (despite his great form) isn’t the answer in the search for an ideal lone frontman.

Crystal Palace’s record in the Premier League: P7 – W4 – D0 – L3 

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Tony Pulis’ return to Selhurst Park will be the main draw from this clash as much has been said about who has done a better job at Palace, Pulis or Alan Pardew.

Boasting a great managerial record, Pulis has succeeded where ever he has been and Palace was no different. However, he has struggled to get West Brom to the level they should be operating at so far this term.

West Brom’s record in the Premier League: P7 – W2 – D2 – L3

Suffering with inconsistency, Pulis won’t suffer relegation with West Brom, but a top half finish is a fair way away at the moment.

A win in south London on Saturday would certainly be a huge boost for the Baggies and they will take confidence from the 2-0 win there back in April.

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Team News

Crystal Palace are missing up to six players, with Damien Delaney, Mile Jedinak, Joel Ward, Connor Wickham, Marouane Chamakh and Kwesi Appiah all likely to miss out.

West Brom are without Ben Foster as he is still recovering from a serious knee injury. Gareth McAuley is a doubt with a leg injury but could be fit to start. Jonas Olsson is a doubt with an ankle problem.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: W/W/L/L/W

West Brom’s last five: L/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: West Brom have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven away matches.

Key Player: Saido Berahino – With two goals in two, the English forward has forced himself back into the West Brom side after his summer transfer saga and will be important if the Baggies are to pick up points here.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom – We’re not expecting much from this affair in terms of goals as it should be a tight encounter. West Brom are good at defending as a unit and Palace are not frightened to attack in numbers. Though we see the home side just edging a low scoring affair in front of their own fans.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, September 20 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Spurs 1/1 – Draw 5/2 – Crystal Palace 13/5

Match Preview

Tottenham host Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon in a key London derby in the Premier League, with Spurs looking for a first home win of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side recorded their first victory of the campaign at Sunderland last week, winning 1-0, and followed it up with a 3-1 Europa League win against Qarabag on Thursday evening.

Their midweek commitments affected them several times last year and Spurs fans will be desperately hoping that the same problems don’t arise here.

Tottenham’s 2015 Premier League record: P5 – W1 – D3 – L1

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They face a really tough task in sealing all three points this weekend against a Palace side that fear no side – a point they proved in fine style with their away win at Chelsea three weeks ago.

The narrow 1-0 loss to Manchester City last weekend was harsh and Alan Pardew will hope his side can bounce back with another impressive win in this derby game.

They have been incredible away from home under Pardew since the turn of the year and will be looking for a first league win at White Hart Lane since 1997.

Crystal Palace’s 2015 Premier League record: P5 – W3 – D0 – L2

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The last meeting between the two sides ended 2-1 to Palace at Selhurst Park so this is far from being a one-sided affair.

Team News

Tottenham are struggling for options in midfield as Christian Eriksen remains out, while Moussa Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Eric Dier are all doubtful. Heung Min Son will expect to start his first home league game.

Crystal Palace have several injury concerns. Frazier Campbell, Kwesi Appiah, Marouane Chamakh and Joel Ward are all out. Jason Puncheon, Connor Wickham, Damien Delaney and Joe Ledley are doubts.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: L/D/D/D/W

Crystal Palace’s last five: W/L/W/W/L

Key Stat: Crystal Palace have won five of their last six away games in the Premier League.

Key Player: Yohan Cabaye – The French midfielder could benefit from Spurs’ midfield injury problems by controlling the game from the Palace midfield and will look to shine here.

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Score Prediction

Spurs 1-1 Crystal Palace – Tough to split the two sides going into this key London derby. Spurs will be desperate for a win but Palace are a well organised outfit and shine on the road under Alan Pardew. A narrow draw could well be the outcome here.

2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Newcastle United

Premier League Final Position: 15th

Review

Newcastle United have yet again failed to live up to their ‘big club’ status as their performances on the pitch were simply not good enough this season.

With the second worst defence in the league, they were lucky to avoid the drop and had Alan Pardew not of left we would not be talking about a side that marginally avoided relegation.

Current boss John Carver has arguably coached a half decent squad but only managed one win in their last 11 matches. So there a clear need to address performances and to improve consistency ahead of the next campaign.

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Podcast Review

Best Moment
Their best moment is a disappointing factor in that it was avoiding relegation on the last day. For a huge club like Newcastle, this is drastic at best as they are way off where they should be. However, their performance on the final day was impressive as they beat West Ham by two goals in front of their own fans.

Worst Moment

Losing manager Alan Pardew at the turn of the year was easily their worst moment of the season. Pardew has been a sensation for Crystal Palace since joining in January and Newcastle capitulated in his absence, despite continuous protest from supporters.

Player of the Year

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Daryl Janmaat – It was a tough call between him and Jack Colback, but the Dutchman gets the nod. After impressive displays in last year’s World Cup for the Netherlands he has continued to impress in the Newcastle backline; as well as providing as many as six assists.

Biggest Win

Hull City 0-3 Newcastle United (January 31, 2015)

Biggest Defeat

Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United (February 21, 2015)

What to improve for the 2015 season

There are a lot of things that need improving at the club, but top of the list is stability. Whoever ends the summer as the boss will need to identify a plan on how this club can go forward knowing that the current set of players are simply not good enough. This is very much a team in transition now and they need a stable platform to build success because their fans deserve better.

2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Crystal Palace

Premier League Final Position: 10th

Review

It was a fine season for Crystal Palace in the end despite a rough start to the campaign as Alan Pardew led the side to a best ever points tally after taking over in January. Tony Pulis left the club on the eve of the new season and was replaced by Neil Warnock but he failed to impress and Pardew was brought in after leaving Newcastle.

The Eagles soared into a tenth place finish and ended the year with three more points than the previous campaign. They look in good shape to kick on an improve further next term and Palace fans will be delighted with the 2014/15 season.

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Podcast Review

Best Moment

Coming from 2-0 down early on at Burnley to win 3-2 was a fine moment for fans and set the tone for what turned out to be a comfortable survival run in.

Worst Moment

Losing 3-1 at home to London rivals West Ham in the second game of the season was a very low point in a season more remembered for its highs, but the Eagles fans will not want to recall that game.

Player of the Year

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Jason Puncheon – Puncheon ended the season with six goals and seven assists and was excellent in the second half of the season under Alan Pardew. He thrived in a more central role and was perhaps unlucky to not be rewarded with an England call-up.

Biggest Win

Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace (April 11, 2015)

Biggest Defeat

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace (December 20, 2014)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

They could probably work on ball retention as for the second season running Crystal Palace recorded the lowest average possession statistic in the Premier League at 40.5%. That said, they still picked up points consistently and so it will be more of a style issue for Pardew to assess. A strong summer transfer window could see Palace challenge for a European place next season and that will be the ambition come the start of the new season.

Crystal Palace fan favourite hints at exit

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni has hinted that although he has just signed a new one year contract extension, he may still leave the club in an interview with South London Today.

On Tuesday night, Speroni plays in a testimonial against his former club Dundee United, which could be his last game for Crystal Palace.

He is quoted as saying: “I’m here now and have one more year on my contract. But it doesn’t mean anything.

“I could be gone in the summer. Football is a very unique business. I just want to make Tuesday night special.

“If that is my last time I’m going to be at Selhurst Park then I want it to be something to remember.”

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After being ever-present in the Crystal Palace goal the news of an exit would come as a surprise. But the 36 year old is keen to carry on his career whether it be at Selhurst Park or elsewhere.

Speroni goes on to add: “I feel blessed in terms of my fitness but I never take anything for granted. I keep working my best. When the time comes to make a decision then I will make the best one for everybody.”

The Argentine stopper has made 357 league appearances for the Eagles since his move from Dundee United in 2004.

Crystal Palace are expected to see several players come in and many leave this summer as Alan Pardew reshapes the squad, and Julian Speroni could be one of the casualties.

West Bromwich Albion could make a move as former Palace boss Tony Pulis is a keen admirer and will be in the market for a new ‘keeper with Ben Foster a long-term injury worry.

Who could Crystal Palace look to replace Julian Speroni with if he were to leave?