VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
Crystal Palace Vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Two sides that were victorious in their first-round matches will go head-to-head this Monday night. Liverpool will travel to Selhurst Park to take on Roy Hodgson’s resurgent Crystal Palace. It is a trip that the Reds have been successful on in the last three instances. However, it is also a fixture that reminds Liverpool fans of what the end to the 2013-14 season could have been. Crystal Palace have begun this season in a far better fashion than the last …
Crystal Palace Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

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

The final international break of the season is over, and this weekend will see the return of league football for the final lap of the season. These last few games have the ability to turn a relatively good season into a miserable finish or a relatively miserable season into a good one. There is a strong fight for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spots at the top and there is also a close fight to avoid relegation spots – 18th and 19th in …
The battle to avoid the drop is heating up, who will survive

The battle to avoid the drop is heating up, who will survive

With the title pretty much sewn up by Manchester City, there are two particularly interesting races that people are still keeping an eye on in England’s top league. Of course, the battle to finish in the top four is as close as ever with many teams vying for a shot at the big time of the Champions League. Manchester United seem secure in second but below them, it is very close and quite hard to tell who is going to …
Mamadou Sakho's Presence is Vital for Crystal Palace in their Fight for Survival

Mamadou Sakho's Presence is Vital for Crystal Palace in their Fight for Survival

After Roy Hodgson had said his central-defender Mamadou Sakho was too ‘‘scared’’ to play against Tottenham last month, the former Liverpool player was formidable as Crystal Palace picked up a crucial win away to Huddersfield. Having not won in seven games, Palace moved out of the relegation places with a vital 2-0 victory against fellow relegation candidates. Sakho returned to training the week before the game having injured his calf against Newcastle in early February, meaning his imposing presence was …
Chelsea v Crystal Palace Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea v Crystal Palace Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

On Saturday, two sides from the capital with very different objectives will face off as Crystal Palace make a short trip to West London to play the reigning champions, Chelsea. Antonio Conte has had tough at Stamford Bridge this season since pretty much since the moment they won the league at a canter last May. A troubled transfer window mired by a difference of opinion at the boardroom level was not ideal for the Blues to begin their title defence …
Crystal Palace v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Crystal Palace v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

To round off another weekend of Premier League football, Manchester United will travel down to glamorous South London - to take on Hodgson's injury-ravaged Crystal Palace, on Monday night. Palace are the quintessential 'rabbit caught in the headlights' side this season - struck by a wave of injuries, enforced substitutions and some really poor results - often not reflective of their actual performances. Hodgson's Eagles after a decent start to life under the new regime, have now failed to win …
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

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

Tottenham travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Sunday in a London derby. The two teams have differing objectives for the rest of the season. The home side will be desperate to stay in the Premier League, but a recent injury crisis has made that task a lot more difficult. Meanwhile, Spurs want to finish in the top four for the third successive season. They have come a long way under Mauricio Pochettino and it would be viewed …
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