Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview | Key Players, Team News & Prediction

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview | Key Players, Team News & Prediction

After the high of getting to the Europa League semi-final, Arsenal must lock back in and keep their league campaign on track, so they can be sure they're not in the competition next season. Their win against Watford on Monday was crucial in their run for the Champions League, but they can't afford to drop any points at home. Dropping points against Crystal Palace would undo a lot of the work they did at Vicarage Road. Palace's win against Newcastle …
Liverpool Season Preview: Reds Should Challenge for the Title This Season

Liverpool Season Preview: Reds Should Challenge for the Title This Season

It is that time of the year again. With the regularity of hordes of wildebeest migrating across East Africa, as the start of the league season approaches, a question passes across the minds of Liverpool fans – “Will this be the season?” Even at the start of 2010-11 season, with Roy Hodgson at the helm, at least a few Reds would have wondered if their team will be successful that season. In the eight seasons since then, the question continues …
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 …
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Tottenham will be full of confidence after their historic mid-week win over Real Madrid in the Champions League and they will want to build further momentum with a win over Crystal Palace. Although the Eagles are at the bottom of the Premier League, they are starting to show improvement under Roy Hodgson after taking four points from the last three matches. In the two meetings between the clubs last season, Spurs took maximum points, but it wasn't easy for them …
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 …
Can the influx of 'supercoaches' finally remove anti-intellectualism from English football?

Can the influx of 'supercoaches' finally remove anti-intellectualism from English football?

Anti-intellectualism is embedded in the psyche of football fans in this country and it is a huge reason why our success on the international scene has been limited. The problem is showed best by the reaction to Sam Allardyce's appointment as England manager. He is by no means a bad manager, but his reputation as an innovative one is over the top. Allardyce did embrace new technologies over a decade ago during his successful spell at Bolton, but the game has …
Wayne Rooney must play in midfield

Wayne Rooney must play in midfield

Jose Mourinho surprised many with comments this week stating he plans to play Wayne Rooney as a striker and not in midfield as many predicted. The England and Manchester United captain has been playing in centre midfield for Roy Hodgson's side at the European Championships and ended the season with his domestic side as a midfielder - performing well in their final games. However, Mourinho made it clear the captain would be used as a goal threat despite most people …
England are still England

England are still England

After attention was inevitably drawn to the disgusting scenes on the streets of Marseille, it did eventually switch to events on the pitch at Stade Velodrome, where England were very….. well, England. After using the pre-tournament friendlies to unsuccessfully try out Wayne Rooney behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in a 4-4-2 diamond, Roy Hodgson opted for, what on paper, was a 4-3-3. However, as it turned out, it was too often more like a 4-5-1 for England that left …
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