The Overachievers: Crystal Palace

The Overachievers: Crystal Palace

It’s a strange situation Crystal Palace fans find themselves in nowadays. In January it will be five years since the club were placed in administration after the ineptitude of Simon Jordan’s stewardship. Since then, the club has survived and thrived by the slimmest of margins; first, a 2-2 draw in a relegation showdown with Sheffield Wednesday to survive the drop in the Championship. Second, a near-literal last minute buyout by the club’s current owners CPFC2010, saving their club from liquidation. …
Crystal Palace Vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

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

Crystal Palace have been either boring or solid depending on how you look at their last two performances. Notching two 0-0 draws over the festive period, away at Bournemouth and at home to Swansea City, the Eagles find themselves at a lofty fifth position only four points off Champions League qualification. The two clean sheets will be well appreciated by the fans but failing to score in two successive Premier League games against opponents who are very beatable is not …
Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

The Stadium of Light plays host to Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday afternoon. Both sides for what they aim to achieve have had poor starts to the new season. Sunderland are sitting at the foot of the table with only 2 points, while their opponents from the capital have are 16th with only one point more than the Black Cat’s. Tottenham will see a visit to the North-East as an opportunity with record their first victory of the season. …
Norwich City vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Norwich City vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League returns this weekend with every side dreaming of having a great season. Norwich are back in the top flight after a season away and are coming up against a side who they will look at for inspiration with Crystal Palace beginning to secure themselves as a Premier League side. The opening weekend is very important for all sides, especially those trying to stay afloat of the bottom three as losing can become a habit. It's cliched to …
Connor Wickham: Can the Wonderkid Find Himself Again?

Connor Wickham: Can the Wonderkid Find Himself Again?

Hailing from a country starved of success on the international stage for such an extended period of time, the emergence of a young English striking prodigy never fails to set pulses racing amongst followers of the English national team. More often than not, the youngster, fresh faced and having only just broken in to his clubs first team, is thrown into the spotlight, and fans start to wonder whether their new messiah has arisen. Unfortunately for many that succumb to …
2014/15 Season Preview: Sunderland

2014/15 Season Preview: Sunderland

Sunderland have big hopes this season under Gus Poyet, as they have done previously under the plethora of talented managers that have led the Black Cats into a new season. The likes of Steve Bruce, Martin O'Neill and Paulo Di Canio have all failed to push on from encouraging starts, but Poyet looks like he could lead Sunderland to better things. Last season, they escaped from a near impossible position after impressive wins against Chelsea and Manchester United. The Uruguayan …
What Does The Future Hold For Connor Wickham?

What Does The Future Hold For Connor Wickham?

Last season, Sunderland had lots of problems with players running down their contracts, with the likes of Jack Colback, Phil Bardsley and Craig Gardner leaving on frees this summer. If Sunderland had sold those three last summer, they would have picked up between £5-10m in transfer fees. Currently, Gus Poyet is trying to deal with a similar situation with Connor Wickham, who could leave for free next summer. Given the huge fee that Sunderland paid and his untapped potential, it …
Will Connor Wickham Keep Sunderland In The Premier League?

Will Connor Wickham Keep Sunderland In The Premier League?

It was only two weeks ago that almost everyone thought Sunderland were certain to finish in the bottom three, but now many expect them to stay up. There was an element of shock about their draw against Manchester City and their victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, becoming the first side to defeat a Jose Mourinho Chelsea side there. These were huge results, but Sunderland have always had a habit of beating the top sides, beating Manchester City at the …