4 Harsh Truths for Chelsea - Palace 2 Chelsea 1

4 Harsh Truths for Chelsea - Palace 2 Chelsea 1

1 - No focal point up front  On Saturday Antonio C0nte's Chelsea travelled the short distance to fellow London based Premier League side Crystal Palace. The blues looked to bounce back from a loss to Manchester City the week previous to the international break. All London derbies in the Premier League are ripe with passion and this game looked set to be no different. Palace was yet to score or win in their previous 7 outings this season, while Chelsea …
Crystal Palace Vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Crystal Palace Vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

In football, expectations decide the level of satisfaction fans have from a team’s performances. This is perhaps true for most things in life. This Saturday, two teams whose fans have dissatisfaction levels ranging from “completely disgusted” to “slightly concerned” take on each other. Crystal Palace host Chelsea in game week 8 at Selhurst Park. Palace fans have major causes of worry. That their team has not gained a single point on the Premier League table in seven matches, is in …
What is Going Wrong for Crystal Palace?

What is Going Wrong for Crystal Palace?

Currently sitting in 20th place, both winless, goalless, and pointless, is Crystal Palace. This position would not have been anticipated by most Palace fans and football pundits, after a decent summer transfer window bringing in the permanent transfer of Mamadou Sakho, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Jairo Riedewald. However, despite these additions, the Eagles have looked extremely poor under both Frank de Boer and new manager Roy Hodgson, collecting a series of unwanted records and not managing to score a …
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United have a great opportunity to strengthen their position in the top four as they host bottom-placed Crystal Palace. They have been excellent at the beginning of the new season and will see this as a game that they must win if they are to challenge for the title. The Red Devils haven't lost a league match to the visitors since 1991 and the Eagles have won only one of their last 13 meetings of the two clubs. Last …
Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Liverpool will resume their Premier League campaign following an important away win in Germany which has seen the Reds take one step closer to the Champions League main draw as Jurgen Klopp's men downed a spirited Hoffenheim 1-2 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. On Saturday, they will play their first game in front of their own fans at Anfield - against a new look Crystal Palace side managed by former Inter Milan and Ajax boss - Frank De Boer. Following a disappointing …
Jairo Riedewald to Crystal Palace: Eagles Changing Colours

Jairo Riedewald to Crystal Palace: Eagles Changing Colours

In the 2015-16 season, there was a time when Stoke City fans started calling their team Stokecelona. In that season Stoke had more La Masia graduates in their squad than Arsenal and for a part of that season, Stoke City did play an uncharacteristically passing brand of football. If initial signs are anything to go by, we might see Crystal Palace, another team that is traditionally known for deep defending and direct football, play a more passing game. The first …
Jack Wilshere: Facing Crucial Decisions in his Career Defining Summer

Jack Wilshere: Facing Crucial Decisions in his Career Defining Summer

In February of 2011 Arsenal defied the odds to beat Europe’s greatest - Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – 2-1 at the Emirates in the Champions League. That night the pitch was laden with midfield maestros; the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas to name a few. But the name which dominated the back pages the morning after was none of the above, instead it was a 19-year-old by the name of Jack Wilshere. With a passing accuracy of …
Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

They very often say that the game of football is entrenched in tradition and it’s tradition itself that has hindered its progress over the years. It’s always wonderful to have something desirable to hark back on, but the borderline that separates evolution from tradition never blurs out when it actually must. And rightly so, Chris Anderson and David Sally open their book ‘The Numbers Game’ by criticising football’s tendency to never stop taking a dip into the primitive. It says: …
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