Crystal Palace v Liverpool: match preview

Liverpool have won their past four trips to Selhurst Park in all competitions, though they will still consider this a distinctly awkward fixture. Crystal Palace have been buoyed by the contracts signed by Roy Hodgson and Wilfried Zaha and have not lost in the 13 Premier League matches with James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho at in the centre of defence. They are unbeaten in seven top-flight games either side of the summer, too. That suggests this will be a test of the visitors’ credentials as title challengers as they seek to ensure Manchester City do not sprint clear from the outset. Dominic Fifield Monday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Chelsea and Arsenal promise goals and flaws, Fulham need to tighten up at Spurs and will sparks fly again when Benítez meets Warnock? With two teams in flux, Chelsea’s derby with Arsenal is a meeting that promises goals. Both sides are vulnerable in defence and dangerous in attack. Although beaten comfortably in the end, Huddersfield exposed Chelsea’s weakness to attacks down the wings last week and Arsenal may aim to do likewise, while David Luiz, in particular, will likely struggle to keep up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the middle. But Chelsea’s midfield thrusters – who could include Eden Hazard from the start as well as N’Golo Kanté in all-new Roving Mode – could wreak havoc at the other end, especially if certain Arsenal midfielders remain dozy when it comes to defensive duties. That is something Unai Emery needs to change and he could start by picking Lucas Torreira instead Continue reading "Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend"

Wilfried Zaha signs new deal to become best-paid player at Crystal Palace

• Zaha commits himself to Palace until end of the 2022-23 season
• Deal worth £130,000-a-week and contains no release clauseWilfried Zaha has committed his future to Crystal Palace by signing a contract extension, with no release clause, on improved terms to establish him as the highest-earning player at Selhurst Park. The Ivory Coast forward, who only signed a five-year deal last summer, is now under contract until the end of the 2022-23 campaign and is understood to be earning around £130,000-a-week. The Palace chairman, Steve Parish, had admitted over the weekend that there had been “some noise in the market” but, despite Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur having been credited with an interest in Zaha, no formal offers were ever received for the 25-year-old during the transfer window. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Guendouzi is one of Arsenal’s few reasons to be cheerful, Naby Keïta is a thrilling talent no matter whose shirt he’s wearing, and Richarlison already looks worth the money Wherever Arsène Wenger was watching, he would have approved of Mattéo Guendouzi’s presence at the base of Arsenal’s midfield. The 19-year-old was poached from Lorient, exactly the type of under‑the-radar Francophone deal in which the former manager delighted. Eager and energetic, his tousled locks and upright style make him stand out but, with City interchanging midfield passes at breakneck speed, Unai Emery had exposed him to a heavy workload – neither Granit Xhaka nor Aaron Ramsey showed much dedication to defensive duties. When Raheem Sterling blazed past him to score City’s opener, Guendouzi’s inexperience was exposed but so was neglectful defending from Mesut Özil and Héctor Bellerín. His passing was often chaotic but so was that of his midfield partners, particularly Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Wilfried Zaha seals Crystal Palace win and teaches Fulham harsh lesson

The majority inside this arena had thrilled at the prospect of a long-awaited Premier League return, the raucous and joyful pre-match atmosphere an outpouring of four years of frustration spent on the outside looking in. Yet, where Fulham showcased some of the qualities which had helped them thrive in the second tier, this ended something more akin to a wake-up call: an education in just how unforgiving this division can be. Roy Hodgson, who had taken Fulham to a Uefa Cup final, offered Slavisa Jokanovic a hug on the final whistle as the home side digested the defeat. They could bemoan the non-award of a penalty after Mamadou Sakho went to ground on the hour mark and appeared to take André Schürrle with him. They could curse Wayne Hennessey, often much maligned, for a flurry of smart saves. But they would also acknowledge Palace, weathering an early storm and then Continue reading "Wilfried Zaha seals Crystal Palace win and teaches Fulham harsh lesson"

Slavisa Jokanovic has no room for sentiment as Fulham seek survival

The promoted club have invested heavily but their manager is realistic about their Premier League chancesIf Fulham’s performance in the Championship last year was not quite a fairytale, it was certainly a good yarn. A team that had struggled to clear its head after failing in the play-offs the previous year put together a run of form unmatched anywhere in the country, going 23 games unbeaten, before winning the first play-off fixtures in the club’s history to regain a place in the Premier League. As of Saturday, however, that story is forgotten. Perhaps that is an exaggeration. An enormous photograph of the Fulham team emerging on to the Wembley pitch in May hangs on the wall of the media room at the club’s Motspur Park training complex. But for Slavisa Jokanovic, what is done is done. Continue reading...

Fulham v Crystal Palace: match preview

Fulham welcome Crystal Palace for a derby match after a four-year absence from the Premier League. Slavisa Jokanovic will have to get to grips with management again, having seemingly done nothing other than splurge on new talent recently. Fulham’s total signings stand at 12 after a hectic deadline day. Roy Hodgson has been sleeping in comparison. Promising signing Max Meyer is not be fit enough to play. Both teams will be looking for more than just survival this season. Mark Parry Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Southampton finally sign Danny Ings after Crystal Palace prefer Jordan Ayew

• Saints loan Liverpool striker prior to permanent move
• Palace had been linked but bring in Ayew from SwanseaSouthampton signed Danny Ings on loan from Liverpool after being granted an extension to the 5pm transfer window deadline. The Anfield club announced the deal was an initial one-season loan with the move becoming permanent on 1 July 2019, then with a fee of £18m plus £2m in add-ons. Ings had interested Crystal Palace but the London club signed Jordan Ayew from Swansea City instead. He became their fourth summer signing, following on from the arrivals of the goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and the midfielders Cheikhou Kouyaté and Max Meyer. The deal is initially a loan, with the possibility of the move becoming permanent in January. Related: Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...

Fans from all 20 Premier League clubs share their deadline day requests

Manchester United need a defender, Southampton want a striker and Newcastle should swap Ashley for Staveley Jamaal Lascelles looks perfect as a long-term replacement for Laurent Koscielny. The Newcastle player would strengthen our defence and could be a future captain. If not him, Domagoj Vida will do – but not at £25m. Basically, we should sign any centre-back who will ensure that Shkodran Mustafi no longer sees the starting XI. We should sell Joel Campbell. Fraser Knox Continue reading...

Transfer roundup: Tottenham ‘nowhere near’ Villa’s valuation of Grealish

• Steve Bruce says Spurs yet to lodge formal bid
• Burnley make new bid for Middlesbrough’s Ben GibsonTottenham Hotspur have yet to make a formal bid for the Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and are some way off in their valuation of the player, according to the Championship club’s manager, Steve Bruce. Grealish has been linked with a £20m switch to Tottenham, who have yet to make a signing in the close season. “At the moment, Spurs haven’t got anywhere near what the owners want to even consider, so there’s not a discussion to be had,” Bruce said. “I don’t think we’ve had a formal bid. The one thing that the owners have made pretty clear is no one is for sale. We don’t want to lose our best players.” Continue reading...

Premier League 2018-19 preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Limited spending and the loss of key players leaves Palace in a precarious position. But in Roy Hodgson and Wilfried Zaha, there is reason to believe they can extend their top-flight stay Guardian writers’ predicted position: 16th (NB: this is not necessarily Dominic Fifield’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips) Last season’s position: 11th Continue reading...

A transfer target for each Premier League club before the window closes

With one week to go before the transfer window closes on 9 August, who should the 20 Premier League clubs sign?
Unai Emery has already made five signings – Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Mattéo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner – so may settle for what he has. However, another centre-back would be very useful given Laurent Koscielny’s long-standing injury problems. Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles would cost up to £30m but the 24-year-old has the mentality and leadership skills Arsenal are crying out for at the back. Continue reading...

Crystal Palace closing in on Max Meyer and schedule a medical

• Germany midfielder a free agent after leaving Schalke
• Palace cool interest in West Ham’s Cheikhou KouyatéCrystal Palace are poised to win the race for Max Meyer after holding productive talks with the former Schalke midfielder. Meyer has been a free agent since leaving Schalke at the end of last season and Palace are confident of completing a deal for the 22-year-old German, who has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Marseille this summer. Continue reading...

Crystal Palace step up efforts to sign Danny Ings from Liverpool

• Liverpool value their 26-year-old striker at £20m
• Ings set on leaving Anfield for regular first-team footballCrystal Palace have intensified efforts to sign Danny Ings but will have to meet Liverpool’s £20m valuation and convince the striker to relaunch his career at Selhurst Park to secure the 26-year-old this summer. Related: Jürgen Klopp attacks Sergio Ramos over ‘ruthless and brutal’ final display Continue reading...