Five Premier League players who were hit with drug bans

In today’s major football news, Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has decided not to contest his positive drug result and he is now set to face a ban from UEFA. In view of this latest development, we take a look at five other Premier League footballers who have previously received drug bans. 5) Jake Livermore (Hull City) Before Sakho, Livermore was the most recent instance of a Premier League footballer failing a drug test. He was tested positive for cocaine following a 2–0 win against Crystal Palace in April 2015. On 15…

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ICYMI: Costel Pantilimon’s Kung Fu kick in FA Cup semi-final [Video]

On Sunday, Crystal Palace booked their place into their first FA Cup final since 1990, once again meeting Manchester United. Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham scored for the Eagles, who won 2-1 against the Hornets. Still, it was Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon who made the headlines with a Kung Fu kick attempted save on Bolasie’s 1-0 header.

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Crystal Palace vs Watford – Match preview and team news

It is a huge opportunity on Sunday for two sides who have never won the FA Cup to reach the final of this year’s competition as Crystal Palace take on Watford in what promises to be a close encounter as just two points separate them in the league. When Watford reached the final back in 1984 it was something of a fairytale, while Palace were beaten in 1990 in the last ever final to go to a replay, losing to what became an infamous goal from Mark Robins. But these…

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Man Utd vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United must now feel they have every opportunity of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League, and will seek to maintain their challenge with victory over Crystal Palace. Both clubs have FA Cup semi-finals at the weekend to look forward to, but United will desperate to follow up their unconvincing success over bottom club Aston Villa with another three points and increase the pressure on fourth-placed Arsenal, who play on Thursday. The gap between the sides now stands at four points, so anything dropped here would be a massive missed opportunity,…

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Theo Walcott drew the wrath of Arsenal fans [Tweets]

Arsenal managed a disappointing 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Arsenal fans were quite irate with the result, and some of it was also directed towards Theo Walcott. The £140,000-a-week forward has been disappointing of late, and his substitute appearance in the draw against Palace was no better. He appeared as an 84th minute substitute in the game and endured some dismal moments on the pitch. Walcott actually the worst player in our squad. — Billy Dunmore (@Dunmoreorless) April 17, 2016 It’s just a matter of time…

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Arsenal vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

With all realistic title hopes over, Arsenal will be looking to claim a third win in four Premier League games when they host Crystal Palace, a side against whom they have not lost in any competition since 1994. It is clear where this season has gone wrong for the Gunners, who totally lost their form at the turn of the year and have only recently set about getting back on track. Recent performances have been good, but the manner in which they failed to hold on to a two-goal lead…

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Crystal Palace vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Having finally ended their excruciatingly long wait to end their winless streak in the Premier League, Crystal Palace will be hoping to end any lingering doubts over their safety by seeing off Everton and reaching the 40-point mark. While good results have been achieved the FA Cup, a sequence of 14 league matches without a win was clearly having an effect on all of the Palace players, with confidence appearing increasingly thin on the ground as positive results continued to elude them and they nosedived down the table into a…

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Crystal Palace vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City will be hoping to move further clear of the Premier League’s bottom three by defeating a Crystal Palace side that still needs points themselves to be totally assured of survival. In theory, only one more win will allow Palace to rest easily, but the wait to get it just goes on and on. They had a chance to do so in their last match when they took on London rivals West Ham United, falling behind after taking the early lead, but not making the most of their late pressure…

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West Ham are chasing three Premier League stars

West Ham have endured a stellar season according to their standards. The Hammers are fighting Manchester United for fifth place in the Premier League, the last European place in the English top flight. No doubt the club want to repeat their perfomance next season and therefore they are looking to strengthen their squad. According to The Sun (via Daily Star), Watford’s Odion Ighalo is on West Ham’s radar as the Hammers line up a move for a new striker in the summer transfer window.  The 26-year-old Nigerian has scored 15…

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West Ham vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United continue their attempts to reach next season’s Champions League with a home clash against London rivals Crystal Palace, who desperately need points in order to arrest their slide and secure safety. By each passing game it is difficult not to be impressed by West Ham, who are full of confidence thanks to being on a run of just two defeats in all competitions since the turn of the year and at the same time are playing an increasingly stylish brand of football. If it were not for…

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Crystal Palace vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City can move a step further towards winning the Premier League title by taking all three points when they head to South London to face a Crystal Palace side that has taken just four points out of the last available 36. But football always has the potential to throw up a hugely surprising result that emphatically upsets the form book, so it would be ironic for Palace to end their abysmal run here. The FA Cup meanwhile has been a different story, with the club having advanced to the semi-finals with…

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Reading vs Crystal Palace – Match preview and team news

The only remaining side below the Premier League left standing in the FA Cup will attempt to reach a second successive Wembley semi-final on Friday evening as Reading take on Crystal Palace and their former manager Alan Pardew. For whatever reason, the Royals always seem to perform exceptionally well in this competition, reaching the latter stages on a number of occasions in recent years. After wins over Huddersfield Town and Walsall in their opening two matches, their performance level increased considerably in round five as they came from behind to…

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Surprise name leads top 10 Premier League dribblers

Football fans love players who score goals, but don’t we all also adore to watch guys that show off their creative skills, providing us with the best dribbles? Off course! Therefore, let’s take a look at the Premier League players who have registered the most successful dribbles per game this season (only counting players who have appeared in at least 10 league matches), using WhoScored. 10. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)  He might not be the player he was last season for the Blues, but Hazard has not lost his dribbling touch.…

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Twitter raged over Christian Benteke’s penalty against Crystal Palace

Twitter is on rage following ten-men Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Reds, who were refused to ten men after James Milner was shown his second yellow card early in the second half, defeated the Eagles thanks to a penalty won by Christian Benteke in the last minute of injury time. The Belgian went down rather easily after very minimal contact from Crystal Palace’s Damien Delaney. Almost everyone, except Liverpool fans, went nuts on Twitter at the referee’s decision to award the penalty. One of the worst…

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Crystal Palace vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be hoping that their inexorable slide down the table can be remedied by a home clash against Liverpool, the team that they have impressively had the better of in each of their last three Premier League meetings. The Londoners must have thought that a demoralising run without a top-flight victory was set to come to a welcome end last time out against Sunderland as they went into the dying stages carrying a priceless lead. However, they did not count on Fabio Borini’s bolt from the blue and…

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Sunderland vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be determined to claim three points which could take them out of the bottom three as they entertain a woefully out-of-form Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening. Despite the distance between the sides in the league standings, there was little to separate Sunderland from West Ham United on Saturday, but a failure to convert one of several second half chances proved their undoing and they came away with a defeat that keeps them second from bottom, albeit with a superior goal difference to the teams around…

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World class acts in the Premier League: Wickham’s goal, Mannone’s save and Antonio’s celebration [Video’s]

This weekend’s Premier League action provided football fans around the world with some amazing stuff on the pitch. However, three world class acts stood out. The first one comes from Crystal Palace’s Connor Wickham. The Eagles were down 3-0 at the half, but made a run for a draw after the break, with Wickham scoring twice. His second goal, coming in the 80th minute, was an absolute beauty! The second one comes from Sunderland’s Vito Mannone. The Black Cats suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham, but the…

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West Brom vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be desperately looking to end their awful run of results in the Premier League by winning away to fellow mid-table side West Bromwich Albion in Saturday’s late kick-off. The home side were in need of a victory themselves last time out in the top-flight when they travelled to Everton, and in a fashion typical of a Tony Pulis team, they delivered the goods right when it mattered. They had to withstand almost constant pressure throughout the 90 minutes, but a performance characterised by rock-solid defensive organisation and a…

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FA Cup quarter-final draw announced

The draw for the Quarterfinal stage of the FA Cup was announced on Sunday, according to the BBC. There were ten teams in the pot, including six winners from the fifth round of the competition and four teams who are yet to confirm their place in the quarter-finals. Manchester United will play League One club Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday while Arsenal will travel to Hull City for the replay of the fifth round tie. The draw threw some exciting clashes, with Chelsea’s trip to Everton being the pick of the…

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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Crystal Palace vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

After ending their five-match losing streak in the Premier League with a draw last time out, Crystal Palace will be after their first win since December 22 as they welcome Watford to Selhurst Park. The first half of their game at Swansea City clearly suggested that the Eagles are lacking a little in confidence as a result of their dip in form, which has coincided with a couple of injuries to key players. They were a touch fortunate to be just the one goal behind as several near misses were…

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Price per goal revealed for every Premier League team

The Premier League and its ticket prices, it’s been a hot topic recently, with Liverpool fans protesting a 30 per cent rise and eventually getting the Reds’ management to reverse the decision. Now, Eurosport has revealed the ticket price per goal for all 20 Premier League clubs. Like in the standings, Leicester City lead the way, with fans of the Foxes having effectively paid only £7.76 for every goal they have witnessed. There have been 34 goals scored at the King Power Stadium in a dozen matches so far, 21 by Leicester. West…

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What would happen to the Premier League table if only goals from English players counted?

It’s a hypothetical question that will never become a reality, but still it’s fun to know. What would happen to the Premier League table if only goals from English players counted? For starters, Tottenham would jump to the lead, collecting an impressive 52 points, seven more than they have now, sitting in third place. The Spurs would also have conceded just two goals in 24 matches, not losing once. Leicester City would drop from first to second place, as they would lose three points (50 tot 47). Still, the Foxes…

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Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Having slipped into the bottom half of the table, Crystal Palace will be desperate for their first Premier League victory since December 22 when they welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth to Selhurst Park. Just mere weeks ago the Eagles were fifth, but a poor run that has coincided with a lean spell in front of goal has seen them career down the standings in what is at present a very congested league. Ahead of this encounter they will be hoping that progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup will…

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FA Cup draw throws clash of the titans

The draw for the FA Cup’s fifth round has just been completed and it has thrown some interesting ties. The tie of the round puts Chelsea against Manchester City, a true clash of titans! Guus Hiddink’s men will host the Citizens at Stamford Bridge to keep their cup campaign alive. The Dutchman has previously admitted that the FA Cup remains the biggest hope for the Blues to win some silverware this season and now, they will need to do it the hard-way. In other significant draws, Tottenham will host Premier League rivals…

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