Premier League: Crystal Palace v Manchester City

Fresh from their Champions League semi-final first leg win over PSG on Wednesday night, Manchester City could clinch their third Premier League title in four years this weekend, providing they beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.

If City can see off the Eagles and Manchester United lose to Liverpool on Sunday, City will be champions again, capturing a second trophy in a season where they’ve still got another to play for.

It may sound like a gimme of a fixture on the face of things, with Palace currently in mid-table obscurity and very much “on the beach” in terms of how much they need to win at Selhurst Park, and Pep Guardiola’s side with the bit between their teeth at the business end of the season. But as City fans will know, Palace have caused them issues in recent years.

Andros Townsend’s goal of the season contender at the Etihad in 2018 came during a 3-2 win for Roy Hodgson’s side, and a 2-2 draw in 2020 also provided a stumbling block as Liverpool took the title from Manchester for the first time.

However, Palace haven’t beaten City on their own patch since 2015, when Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon scored, with Yaya Toure’s late strike only coming as consolation.

Going into this one, Hodgson has as many as six players missing for the visit of City, with James McArthur, Conor Wickham and Nathan Ferguson certain to miss out. Gary Cahill, James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho are also major doubts, as the Palace manager patches together a defence once again.

For Manchester City, only John Stones is definitely out, having been sent off against Aston Villa. The England defender missed the League Cup final win over Spurs, and will miss this game and the one against Chelsea next week before he’s available again.

That means Nathan Ake could come in for a rare start, as Guardiola rotates his side once again with the second leg against PSG looming on Tuesday. Sergio Aguero may also start, while Ferran Torres, Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus are all expected to be involved also.

If Palace can deny City by taking the points in South London, they can go level with Wolves in 12th, having played a game less. If City get the win, they’ll watch Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, knowing they’ll be confirmed champions if the home side lose.

Crystal Palace take on Manchester City on Saturday, May 1st. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.

Premier League: Crystal Palace v West Brom

Crystal Palace hope to put another nail in West Brom’s coffin when the Baggies visit Selhurst Park on Saturday, and move further clear of the danger zone themselves.

As it stands, Palace are on the outskirts of the battle for survival, and a win against Sam Allardyce’s side would all but confirm they stay in the Premier League for another year, as well as ending their three-game wait for a victory.

West Brom come into this game in better form than the Eagles, having taken four points from their last three games, compared to Palace’s tally of just two, thanks to draws with Fulham and Manchester United.

Sam Allardyce will be hoping some of the more marginal calls start going his way as we head into the final ten games, having seen numerous infringements go against him in recent weeks, most notably against Everton and Newcastle recently.

He’ll go up against his former side without any injury worries to his first-team squad, with every member of the 25-man group available. Whoever plays will be tasked with creating more than they did against Newcastle last week, with the goalless draw going down as one of the biggest wastes of 90 minutes in modern history.

Roy Hodgson hasn’t had such good fortune though, and enters the game without seven first-team players. James McArthur, Mamadou Sakho, Tyrick Mitchell, Nathaniel Clyne, Nathan Ferguson, James Tomkins and James McCarthy are all missing with various injuries.

There’s better news on Wilfried Zaha though, as the winger made his return from injury against Spurs last week by making it through 45 minutes unscathed. He couldn’t do anything about the three second half goals Jose Mourinho’s side ran in however, and Palace will be keen to test themselves against an attack not quite as prolific this week.

If they can get a win, they’ll move onto 37 points and be all but safe for another season, while a win for West Brom will close the gap between themselves and Fulham to five points with nine games remaining.

Crystal Palace take on West Brom at Selhurst Park on Saturday, March 13th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Premier League: Crystal Palace v Manchester United

After losing ground on league leaders Manchester City at the weekend, Manchester United return to action with a visit to Selhurst Park on Wednesday night, as Crystal Palace host the Red Devils.

Roy Hodgson’s side will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to three games, having drawn with relegation-battling Fulham at the weekend. Their last midweek fixture saw them pull off one of the season’s biggest smash and grab victories, as Christian Benteke’s injury time winner downed rivals Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to make it 10 without defeat in all competitions, a run stretching back to January, when Sheffield United shocked everyone by winning at Old Trafford. Two draws in recent weeks have dented their title hopes, with rivals City now 12 clear at the top of the table ahead of the weekend’s Manchester derby.

Crystal Palace are suffering with more injuries than any other Premier League side right now, but Roy Hodgson has had some positive news this week, with both Connor Wickham and Jeff Schlupp returning to the squad.

Wilfried Zaha has also been out since coming off against Newcastle with a hamstring injury, but returned to training on Tuesday. Hodgson said in his press conference that he’s hoping the winger can recover in time to be involved, but faces a late assessment.

Tyrick Mitchell and Nathaniel Clyne are both out, and join the likes of James McArthur, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Ferguson on the sidelines.

Man United have also been boosted ahead of the game, with the news that Edinson Cavani should be fit for selection. The Uruguayan has missed United’s last three games but returned to training on Monday and should be in the 18.

If Palace can pull off the victory, they could go above Wolves and Leeds into 11th in the table and start thinking of finishing the season in the top half. If United win, they can make sure Manchester City’s lead at the top of the table doesn’t extend to 15 points.

Crystal Palace take on Manchester United at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, March 3rd. Kick-off is at 8.15pm.

Premier League: Newcastle v Crystal Palace

After recording their first win in 13 attempts at the weekend, Newcastle return to St James’ Park looking to pick up another win that will take them further away from the bottom three on Tuesday night, as Crystal Palace provide the opposition.

New coach Graeme Jones clearly had an impact on the Magpies, as a much-improved performance saw them beat Everton 2-0, thanks to Callum Wilson’s ninth and tenth goals of the season.

It was a timely win for Steve Bruce’s side, with Brighton also picking up a win that would have saw Newcastle slip into 17th.

Roy Hodgson’s Palace are also coming off the back of a win of their own, thanks to Eberechi Eze’s third goal of the season giving them a 1-0 win over Wolves on Saturday afternoon. The game came at a cost though, with Hodgson confirming he has injury issues ahead of the trip to the North East.

Newcastle have some worries too, with Bruce confirming that Jamaal Lascelles will miss a few weeks through injury suffered at Goodison Park, with Ryan Fraser also suffering with sickness since the win.

Those two blows are softened by the return of Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett though, while Allan Saint-Maximin is now fit enough to start after another fine substitute performance at the weekend. New loan signing Joe Willock is also likely to be involved in some capacity after signing from Arsenal for the rest of the season.

Federico Fernandez is still injured for the Magpies, so the shape of the side is likely to remain the same for the visit of the Eagles, after the 4-3-1-2 system worked nicely against Everton. Miguel Almiron was a particular highlight, and is finally being played in his preferred number 10 position.

Crystal Palace will be without James Tomkins, Wayne Hennessey, Mamadou Sakho, Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp and Nathan Ferguson for the trip, with James McArthur also likely to miss out after a muscle injury kept him out of the win over Wolves. Jean-Philippe Mateta was an unused sub that day, but should make his debut against Newcastle.

Newcastle United take on Crystal Palace at St James’ Park on Tuesday, February 2nd. Kick-off is at 8.15pm.

Premier League: Crystal Palace v Wolves

Crystal Palace welcome Wolves to Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, in a clash between two teams who can’t seem to pick up any momentum so far this season.

The form book reflects both sides’ struggles at the halfway stage, with Palace winning just one of their last five league games, against bottom side Sheffield United, which is one more than Wolves have managed.

In fact, Wolves’ most recent win came in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace, with Adama Traore smashing in a wonder goal to send the Midlands side through to the fourth round.

Roy Hodgson has no new injury worries ahead of the game, with James Tomkins, Wayne Hennessey, Mamadou Sakho, Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp and Nathan Ferguson all out with injuries.

New loan signing Jean-Philippe Mateta could make his debut up front, as Palace look for a solution to their goal scoring problems. Strikers Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and Michy Batshuayi have managed just five goals between them all season, as Wilfried Zaha carries most of the attacking responsibility, netting nine times.

Nuno Espirito Santo may also start a new striker for the first time, as Willian Jose pushes to be included after joining on loan from Real Sociedad. The 29-year-old Brazilian made his debut from the bench against Chelsea earlier this week, producing a vital header to prevent Kai Havertz from scoring in injury time.

Wolves are without Rayan Ait-Nouri, Fernando Marcal and Raul Jimenez, while Jonny Otto is back on the field after a knee injury, but not available.

Both sides are hoping to pull away from each other with a win, as they sit locked on 23 points after 20 games. On the other hand, they’re both in danger of being overtaken by Burnley should they lose and the Clarets pick up an unlikely victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Crystal Palace take on Wolves at Selhurst Park on Saturday, January 30th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Premier League: Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Since losing 4-1 to Manchester City before Christmas, Arsenal have won four from four in all competitions, and Mikel Arteta seems to have found a system which has started to produce results for the FA Cup holders.

A back four system has resulted in wins over Chelsea, Brighton, West Brom and Newcastle, with Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney the standout players in Arsenal’s resurgence. Both should start when Crystal Palace make the trip across London, with the Gunners hoping to move into the top half with a victory.

Speaking of the South London side, Roy Hodgson’s side have won only one of their last six games, beating bottom side Sheffield United in their last Premier League game, before exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Wolves last weekend.

Wilfried Zaha was afforded a partial rest in the defeat, playing only the last 20 minutes – a decision that may well have been influenced by this game. The winger will be central to the Eagles’ chances of getting anything against an Arsenal defence that has kept three consecutive clean sheets.

Palace also have injury worries elsewhere in their squad, with Mamadou Sakho, Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp, Connor Wickham, Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Ferguson all missing through various ailments.

There’s good news in the shape of Gary Cahill though, as the former Chelsea defender should return after a thigh injury, and Scott Dann could also come back into the squad after a similar issue.

As for Arsenal, Gabriel Martinelli is expected to miss out after turning his ankle in the warm-up of the FA Cup win over Newcastle, despite training in the week, but Thomas Partey and Gabriel should both return to the squad after injuries. Rob Holding, who signed a new contract this week, is available to deputise should the Brazilian defender not make the starting XI.

Arsenal take on Crystal Palace on Thursday, January 14th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Nathan Ferguson eyeing Crystal Palace comeback

The defender joined the Premier League club in the summer on a free transfer after he turned down a new contract with West Brom.

Ferguson had been set to join Palace in January, but an issue with his medical saw the move collapse before the 20-year-old did finally sign for the Eagles in July.

A knee issue has restricted the England youth player to only one appearance this year and boss Roy Hodgson recently admitted the club’s medical staff are being cautious with the right-back after he suffered one setback already.

But Ferguson, speaking at a Palace for Life Foundation event, said: “Short term, I want to get myself out of this injury and back to where I was or even better.

“Hopefully I can then implement myself into the team and help to develop other players while I’m also working hard myself.

“This is my first setback, I’ll come back and this will make me stronger through the rest of my career.”

During his time away from rehabilitation, the ex-Baggies player offered his support to the Palace for Life Foundation this week.

He spoke to a small group of children at Bandon Hill Meadow Field Primary School in Carshalton over a video call as part of the Team Mates programme.

The sessions are put on to encourage pupils to speak openly about how they are feeling and use positive psychology to help them become more resilient and improve their social skills.

“Communication is so important, it’s good to teach it from a young age so that they learn that it’s OK to talk about your feelings,” Ferguson added.

“Even if I can inspire just one kid, that’s good enough for me, hopefully I can encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and go on to do what they want to do when they’re older.”

Palace’s number 36 is one of several unavailable to manager Hodgson, but it failed to prevent the south Londoners beating Leeds 4-1 in the final match before the international break.

Captain Luka Milivojevic missed that fixture due to suspension and while he has two more matches of his ban to serve, the midfielder has now tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement from the Serbian FA read: “After regular testing performed on Monday after the arrival of the national team members of Serbia in Stara Pazova, it was determined that the captain of Crystal Palace, Luka Milivojevic, was positive for the Covid-19 virus.”

The 29-year-old, who was tested again on Tuesday and recorded another positive result, will self isolate in his home country before he is able to return to England.

Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Leeds

The two clubs have made identical starts to the season, with three wins, three defeats and a draw each, leaving them in mid table after seven games, but both suffered disappointing defeats last time out.

Palace were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Wolves at Molineux, and midfielder Luka Milivojevic was sent off for a late challenge on Joao Moutinho, meaning he will serve a three-match ban after an unsuccessful appeal. Roy Hodgson was livid with the referee’s decision, and it now means the Eagles squad is stretched even thinner, with their injury troubles still proving problematic.

Centre-back pair Gary Cahill and James Tomkins are both struggling after calf and heel injuries respectively, meaning Cheikhou Kouyate and Scott Dann are likely to continue at the back.

Tyrick Mitchell and Joel Ward are also missing, while new signing Nathan Ferguson and long-serving goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey miss out too.

There’s positive news in the shape of James McCarthy though, as the Irish midfielder could return after a thigh injury. He could form the McCarthy/McArthur midfield pair, as the Scotland international is expected to deputise for Milivojevic.

Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland are available again after positive coronavirus tests and should be involved.

Leeds have been hit by the virus as well, with record signing Rodrigo ruled out after a positive test. The Spanish international will now isolate under Premier League protocol and miss the trip to the capital.

Kalvin Phillips remains sidelined with a shoulder injury which is expected to keep him out until December, while Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw are also long-term absentees.

New signing Diego Llorente is still to make his debut for the club and will miss out with an injury suffered while on international duty.

Raphinha has been struggling with an ankle injury and a late decision will be made on him, but wholesale changes aren’t expected to the Leeds side that started the 4-1 defeat to Leicester City last weekend.

Top scorer Patrick Bamford will continue up front and hope he can show Gareth Southgate more of what he can do after missing out on the latest England squad, while midfield creators Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison and Helder Costa will be tasked with providing the ammunition for the former Chelsea striker.

Crystal Palace take on Leeds United at Selhurst Park on Saturday, November 7th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

No further business expected for Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson has moved to add young stars Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson from QPR and West Brom respectively, as well as striker Michy Batshuayi also arriving from Chelsea on loan this transfer window.

Palace made a bright start to the Premier League season, winning their opening two fixtures, and are currently content with their signings so far.

As such, the Evening Standard report that the Eagles ‘are in no rush to land deadline-day signings.’

The club have exclusively done business with domestic clubs this window so far and will therefore likely be eyeing October 16th as their final day for business with Premier League sides able to do deals with other English clubs until that date.

Brentford’s star winger Said Benrahma has been rumoured to be of interest to Roy Hodson, but it is understood there have been no concrete bids for the Bees man from Palace.