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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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 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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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce in all competitions when they face a Crystal Palace team which did the double over them last season, but have found goals hard to come by in recent weeks. The signs are very encouraging so far for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp, whose pressing game has clearly been bought into by the squad, who are beginning to look much more of a fluent force on the pitch. It all came together at Chelsea last weekend, where they recovered…

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