Top five Premier League players who can leave their club for free

The 2015/2016 Premier League season is behind us and the summer transfer market about to open, which means we’re about to see numerous transfer sums being paid by one club to another. However, football clubs can also gamble on players who’s contract has expired and therefore can leave their current club on a free transfer. Let’s rank the five best players who could leave the Premier League for free, but let’s start with some honorable mentions: Victor Valdes (Manchester United), James Morrison (West Bom), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Thomas Rosicky…

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Premier League Season Review – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace: 15th FA Cup: Runners-up Capital One Cup: Round Four A feature of many Premier League seasons is when an unfancied side does brilliantly up until the turn of the year and is riding high in a position where qualification for Europe becomes a potentially realistic ambition, before fading away dramatically in the final months as performance levels deteriorate and opposition sides become more adept at eliminating their threat. This time around that team was Crystal Palace. Appointed manager in January 2015, Alan Pardew had seen the club to…

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Louis Van Gaal picked Manchester United’s FA Cup hotel for a very special reason [Video]

On Saturday, Manchester United face Crystal Palace during the FA Cup final at Wembley. It’s the Red Devils and Louis Van Gaal’s ultimate chance to make up for another poor season, finishing fifth in the Premier League. The Dutchman even picked out a special hotel for his squad to sleep before Saturday’s clash… Louis van Gaal explains his reasoning behind the team hotel to #MUTV… https://t.co/YKG2uE2vIr — Manchester United (@ManUtd) 20 mei 2016

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Crystal Palace vs Man Utd – FA Cup Final Preview

An FA Cup tournament of few major upsets will see its winner crowned on Saturday as Crystal Palace and Manchester United contest the final, where both sides will be hoping to gain some form of redemption following a season of relative underachievement. It is a repeat of the final in 1990, the last to ever go to a replay. A late goal from Mark Robins broke Palace hearts as it denied them the chance to lift the famous trophy for the first time in their history, and Man Utd won it the…

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Arsenal’s second place finish not good enough for Wenger

Over the weekend, Arsenal secured a second place finish in the Premier League, which should be a reason for celebration for most teams. Unfortunately, Arsenal isn’t like most teams and the fans consider the second place finish a disappointment, especially since the team that won the league title was fighting relegation a season ago. Going into next season, Arsenal will once again be online soccer odds favorites to win the Premier League, and if they don’t, manager Arsene Wenger might be shown the door. After clinching second place on Sunday, Arsenal fans showed…

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Southampton vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace have the FA Cup final to look forward to, but before that they must look to end their Premier League season with a first away win since December when they take on a Southampton side that is within sight of a top six finish. The unexpected title success of Leicester City and the plight of some of English football’s powerhouses at the other end of the table have combined to ensure that Southampton’s superb form over the second half of the season has gone harshly under the radar.…

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Crystal Palace vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be aiming to end their home season on a high by claiming their fourth consecutive victory over Stoke City in all competitions when they meet in South London on Saturday. Safety is almost secured and there is an FA Cup final to look forward to for Crystal Palace, but one cannot help thinking they have fallen a long way short of their capabilities this season in the league. That certainly was not the case up until the turn of the year, but the manner of their total loss of…

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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United are growing in confidence as they continue their battling attempts to avoid dropping into the second tier, and they can give their chances a significant boost by getting the better of FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace. Just one point now separates the Magpies from the safety line and indications are that they are very much in with a chance of hauling themselves out of the mess they have been in for the majority of the season. A marvellous comeback from two goals down at Liverpool shows just how much…

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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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