Everton player Leighton Baines is set to miss Friday’s clash with Crystal Palace, according to reports. Everton are poised to host Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on September 30th in a much awaited clash. Baines was missing in the 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday. The loss – the first this term – was a wake-up call to the Toffees, ensuring they drop from second place in the Premier League.

Baines was expected back before the meeting with Alan Pardew’s men, but revelations show he would sit the game out. Bryan Oviedo was the replacement in the left-back position, and is likely the one coach Ronald Koeman would play on Friday.

Crystal Palace To Be Up Against Manchester United

For those who wonder how Crystal Palace will fare in the game against Manchester United, some are of the opinion that they have the potential to beat Manchester United and lift the FA cup.

The final is scheduled this coming weekend. It would definitely be a big game in the history of the club. The FA Cup final with United being the opponents signify the level to which Crystal Palace has arisen. This is the second time in the club’s history that they have reached the finals. The last time was in 1990 when the game had been played against Red Devils and it had a score of 3-3 which led to an exciting match.


English Premier League side, Crystal; Palace manager, Alan Pardew says his team’s focus was blurred in the crucial Premier League match against Manchester United. The Reds Devils had a two goal romp over the side to put pressure on others in the top four spot.

Alan Pardew said his team were motivated by the chance at a silverware when they take on Watford led by Odion Ighodalo, in the FA cup tie.

An early own goal Damien Delaney  put the team in misery at first, then the effort of Matteo Darmian ensure the hosts close the gap with the top four in the Wednesday encounter.

Alan Pardew said his team were already thinking of the pressure at Wembley without dealing with the task at hand and it affected their focus during the game.

“It’s not the start anyone wants at Old Trafford – to concede after four minutes knocked us a little bit but our focus is slightly blurred as we have the semi-final on Sunday,” Pardew admitted.

“It’s a big game for Manchester united [on Saturday] but it’s much bigger for us as we could win a trophy. My players worked hard and some players got some game-time. The one-bit of key news to come out of tonight is that we’re fit and well for Sunday,” the coach said.

On the other hand, Watford sent a message to Palace with their win. The team has had a poor run of matches soil their brilliant first half of the season. Both teams will trade tackles on Sunday in the crucial FA Cup semi final tie.

Replaced and eventually forgotten in Chelsea, Cech still has a place in Czech Republic

A few weeks ago, PetrCech made a huge change in his playing career as he ended his relationship with Chelsea which spanned for over 10 years and the veteran shot-stopper joined Arsenal.

Even at his 33 years of age, PetrCech is one of the highest rated players in his position but he couldn’t compete against the likes of ThibautCourtois who has displayed his world class skills and earned the trust of Jose Mourinho.

Unfortunately for PetrCech, he will eventually be forgotten in Stamford Bridge despite of everything that he has accomplished with the Premier League club, some fans of the club will probably still keep the Czech in their memories but taking into consideration the steady rise of ThibautCourtois, memories of PetrCech will fade away.

PetrCech suffered in his last few years with Chelsea as he had to settle with being a substitute player as he watched ThibautCourtois take center stage and it wasn’t the best way for him to finish his stay in Stamford Bridge.

IkerCasillas and Real Madrid have experimented something similar as IkerCasillas left Real Madrid and replaced by KikoCasillas but the sad thing in these players is not that they have been replaced, every single player will eventually get changed by a younger version, the thing that has disappointed fans is in the way that these players had to exit their respective clubs.

Casillas announced his departure in a tearful press conference where he was left completely alone. It was a very different exit compared to Barcelona when all of the players of the Spanish squad were there with Xavi Hernandez after the midfielder announced his exit and the players as well as all the executives of the club were shaken up as they saw one of their most influential figures in the club leave.

Alan Pardew is ready for the challenges that awaits him

Alan Pardew was able to rescue Crystal Palce from the bottom relegation zone of the Premier League and push them into the top ten spots of the top tier English League, it really doesn’t come as a surprise to see why Alan Pardew was one of the top candidates of being named as the best manager of the Premier League of the past season.

The 53 year old English manager Pardew stated that before he had officially jumped in as the manager of Crystal Palace, he had established talks and meetings with the former coach Tony Pullis and Pullis said that the club had a very good group of players but they still managed to perform beyond his initial expectations.

Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew told the media: “Tony Pulis is a person I know very well and he had told me they were a tremendous group of players here and are a team of fighters and that is what we need to be at this club. There is tremendous technical talent here, which I think was better than I thought it would be, and I have managed to harness that to use it to the best effect of the club.”

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