Crystal Palace crashed to the Reds at home in a keenly contested game in the Premier League.

The highly entertaining affair saw five goals enter the nets in just the first half. Defensive concerns and the strong attacking prowess of both sides made the game one to watch. A new record was set as five goals were scored before the break – making it the most in a first half this term in the Premier League.

Emre Can got the first goal in the 16th minute, but James McArthur quickly got the equalizer for the hosts. Dejan Lovren put Liverpool ahead in the 21st minute and McArthur got another equalizer in the 33rd minute, setting the mood early for an interesting clash. McArthur became the second Crystal Palace player to score two headers in the same Premier League game. Liverpool showed their superiority when Joel Matip got the third just before the recess.

After the break, Roberto Firmino scored the fourth to put the game beyond Palace. The victory ensured Liverpool secured their fifth in six league games. They share the same points with log leaders Manchester City and Arsenal. The only difference being the goals difference. Liverpool’s attack has been impressive – with Philippe Coutinho playing a key role – but the team has still not gotten their affairs at the back in order yet. Lovren allowed McArthur get two goals twice in a space of minutes.

The number that will definitely be on the dialling list of Alan Pardew shortly is that of Roberto Martinez

The reason is that Pardew’s trump card Christian Benteke will spend the coming week under the guidance of Martinez who is his national manager.

So what Pardew is looking for from Martinez is to try and give his forward some time on the pitch or to push him as hard as he can in the trainings so that he comes back to the Premiership in a totally charged state.

After succeeding to finally put a point on the board a fortnight into the season, Pardew was quoted saying, “Christian is the main man upfront and if he gets a touch sharper, you can for sure rely on him for producing a few goals.”

“I don’t know how he fits in the line- up of Belgium and whether he will be a starter. Obviously, nothing better than the match time itself, but, if it is not possible, I would like him to be made to do a lot training wise. I have Roberto’s number in my phone, no worries. I am going to connect the line at some point to have a talk with him about it.” (more…)


English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace is set to bid for Newcastle star player Andros Townsend.

Palace wants to trigger the release clause of Townsend’s contract but would have to wait till the England international returns from holiday this month.

Andros Townsend joined The Magpies in January from Tottenham Hotspurs for an initial Eight million Pounds and has been in fine form over the second half of the season. The 24-year old player was even called up as a replacement for injured Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck but was later omitted from the final 23 man squad that will play in France at the Euro 2016.

Townsend scored four goals in the 13 games he played but couldn’t save Newcastle from relegation. The player is believed to be keen on remaining in top flight football and would not favour the move to the Championship. United paid a total transfer fee of 13 million Pounds in January but has now set a release clause of eight million Pounds for clubs who finished last season in the top half and 10.5 million Pounds for those who finish in the lower half of the table. (more…)


English Premier League side, Crystal Palace joins the host of EPL teams interested in Norwich winger.

Three clubs have already expressed an interest in the England Under-21 International Nathan Redmond, who is set to leave Carrow Road this summer following relegation from top flight football.

Redmond, a £3.2m signing from Birmingham City in 2013, has featured in all but three of Norwich’s top-flight fixtures this season and scored his sixth league goal of term during a scintillating performance in Wednesday’s 4-2 defeat of Watford. Yet that result was not enough to keep Alex Neil’s side in the division, with Sunderland’s victory over Everton condemning Norwich to an immediate return to the second tier.

The 22-year-old, whose contract expires in 2017, is expected to depart, with Stoke City and West Ham United having been joined by Crystal Palace in pursuit of the winger, who will command a fee of around £10m. Mark Hughes considers the player a more financially viable option than West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino, and Stoke and West Ham, who have opted against pursuing a permanent deal for Chelsea’s Victor Moses, would be prepared to offer wages in the region of £60,000 a week. (more…)


English League side, Crystal Palace could cut a deal for Barcelona midfielder, Alex Song as they plan to boost their squad ahead of next season, after the almost successful attempt to stay afloat this season.

According to reports, Palace will make a bid for the player who is currently in his second season on loan at The Hammers. Song seems not to be top priority for Steven Bilic at West Ham. West Ham signed a clause with Barcelona that gives them the right to sign the 28-year old talent on a permanent deal but they have decide not to thread the path of Song.

With the development, Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace’s boss, is considering making a move for the player. Barcelona paid 15 million pounds to sign Song from Arsenal in 2012 but with his promise he has failed to deliver consistently. He has never been a first team regular at the Catalan giant.

Crystal Palace currently in 16th position have garnered 39 points from 35 matches played this season in the Premier League. The recent loss to Manchester United tainted their record as they had kept clean sheets in the last five games. They lost last to top-placed team, Leicester City last month. They had gone on to play a 2-2 draw in the tough game against West Ham United.  After West Ham, they had the victory in the home match against Norwich City with a lone goal. Crystal palace kept with the clean sheets as they played a goal less draw against The Toffees then another draw against Arsenal in an away match. (more…)

The Prime Minister of Croatia is urging UEFA to keep Croatia in the 2016 Euro’s

Croatia is currently located at the top of Group H of the 2016 Euro’s as they have secured a total of 14 points from 6 matches. Italy is following them closely behind in 2nd place with 12 points and Norway is positioned in the 3rd position with 10 points.

Group H is tightly contested between those 3 nations but things in this group might suffer a dramatic change as Croatia is in danger of getting some of their points removed or might even be kicked off from the tournament due to an incident which occurred back in June 12 when Croatia hosted Italy in the Polijud Stadium in a match that concluded with a final scoreboard of 1-1.

During this match, there was a swastika symbol which was seen in the grass of the Poljud Stadium and this has initiated a chain of consequences which is still being investigated by UEFA but it could end with Croatia being dismissed from the football tournament depending on the results that emerge from the investigations of the football governing authority UEFA.

The swastika symbol which was adopted by the Nazy Party back in World War I and World II was seen burned and engrained in the grass of the stadium and even with the attempts from the stadium staff of removing it which were done, it could never really be erased. (more…)