Who’s it going to be – Crystal Palace, Swansea or Hull City?

The relegation battle in the Premier League has seen some teams fall off in the recent weeks and it seems to be taking one final look. Sunderland and Middlesbrough occupy the last two spots and are almost certain to suffer relegation. The likes of Leicester City, Bournemouth and Burnley, have pulled away of late while West Ham defeated Swansea in a crucial six-pointer on the weekend. As things stand, it appears that one out of Crystal Palace, Swansea and Hull City would accompany Sunderland and Middlesbrough to the Championship next…

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Manchester United ace linked with summer exit

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has been linked with a summer exit from Old Trafford. Metro claims that the 21-year-old wants to leave United in the summer in search of regular football. The England international moved to United from Southampton for a fee in the region of £30 million in 2014. He made 20 appearances for United in all competitions in his first season with the club, but his next season was cut short by a season-ending injury. This season, he has, however, fallen down the pecking order in Jose…

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Relegation battle shaping up to be more interesting than the title-race

It is shaping up to be a one-horse title race in Premier League this season. Following their 3-1 win over Arsenal, Chelsea have further cemented their claim on the title. Liverpool’s defeat to Hull City left them in a vulnerable position too. As things stand, the Blues have a formidable nine-point lead over second-placed Tottenham. It appears that Antonio Conte’s side would run away with the league title in the Italian’s first season in England. However, if you are looking for real suspense and drama, then you need to follow…

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Transfer Round: Evra returns, Depay to leave, Terry stays

January transfer window is known for its unsettling nature which involves players losing focus halfway through the season, panic buys and inflated deals. A Different League brings you the top transfer stories from the iconic day that today is, Friday the 13th. CHELSEA LEGEND JOHN TERRY GOING NOWHERE The 36-year-old central defender has found it difficult to break into Conte’s back three having made just four starts in the Premier League this season. Following the arrival of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, there were rumours linking the former England captain with…

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Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Benteke set to end successfully

Crystal Palace’s prolonged pursuit of Christian Benteke is set to end successfully, as they have agreed to pay Liverpool an initial fee of £27m to sign the Belgium international striker, according to BBC. After joining Liverpool for £32.5m from Aston Villa in July 2015, Benteke endured a frustrating debut season with Jurgen Klopp’s side, as he struggled to find his best form and scored just 10 goals in 42 appearances. Nevertheless the 25-year-old, former Genk and Standard Liege striker, is a proven Premier League goal – scorer from his time…

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Arsenal linked to another surprise defender as top targets seem unreachable

Arsenal are in the transfer market for a central defender following a long-term injury to Per Mertesacker and have been linked with a number of replacements. The Gunners reportedly had been offered the chance to seal a £37 million transfer of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, ahead of Chelsea and Everton. However, the Serie A giants have not been keen to selling the Senegalese international and the same proved to be true for AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas. Meanwhile, Arsenal have had their first bid of £15 million for centre-back Shkodran Mustafi rejected by Valencia,…

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Liverpool fans are going crazy about the latest transfer news

Crystal Palace seem hell-bent on signing Liverpool striker Christian Benteke this summer. The Belgium striker, who arrived at Anfield in a £32.5 million move from Aston Villa last summer, failed to reproduce his Villa form for the Reds last season. Many Liverpool fans were afraid that, like Mario Balotelli, Benteke will also prove to be a bad investment for the club. However, Crystal Palace stepped forward to ease the fears of Liverpool fans and placed a £25 million bid for the Belgian last week. The Merseysiders, quite brilliantly, decided to play hardball…

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Liverpool turn down huge offer for striker, Brazil star dismisses move to Anfield

Liverpool have turned down a £25 million bid from Crystal Palace for their striker Christian Benteke, according to latest reports. Liverpool Echo claims that the Eagles’ bid was instantly rejected by the Reds as they value their player at a minimum of £30 million, despite the Daily Mail claiming the club Crystal Palace has a personal agreement with the player’s representatives after a positive meeting this week. The Belgium international moved to Anfield in a £32.5 million move from Aston Villa last summer but failed to live up to the expectations in…

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Gayle and Townsend trade the colour of their stripes

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace on a five year contract, with the Magpies winger Andros Townsend moving in the opposite direction in a different deal. After joining Palace from Peterborough for £6m in July 2013, Gayle scored 26 goals in 74 games for the South London club. However the 25-year-old endured a frustrating 2015-16 season as he was only used sparingly by manager Alan Pardew, whereby Gayle started only 10 games and made the same number of substitute appearances. Nevertheless he still scored…

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Crystal Palace stun top clubs as huge bid for striker is accepted

Crystal Palace have agreed a fee £31.6 million with Marseille for Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, according to a report by French source L’Equipe. Marseille are under pressure to balance their books and deliver on the budget that they had presented to the league’s financial watchdog the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (DNCG). Therefore, Marseille are keen to sell the 22-year-old. Batshuayi provided 17 goals and nine assists during the past Ligue 1 season for a poor Marseille team, also sparking interest from the likes of West Ham, Tottenham, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid,…

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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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Have Manchester United fans finally turned their backs on Louis Van Gaal? [Tweets]

Manchester United claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The win kept the Red Devils firmly in the battle for a top-four spot. However, there were not many fans present at Old Trafford to celebrate their team’s victory. In one of the rarest sight in modern football, there were many empty seats spotted at the Theatre of Dreams. Now it’s anybody’s guess if it was due to the fact that it was a Wednesday night or that the fans have finally lost faith in…

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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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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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