Roy Hodgson is happy with Crystal Palace’s recent performances and hoping they can soon turn that into winning points again.

The Eagles have not tasted success in the Premier League since October 5 when they struck late in a 2-1 victory at West Ham.

While the south Londoners are on a five-match streak without a win, the mitigating factors are the level of opposition they have faced which includes Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool.

On Saturday, Hodgson’s side will travel to Burnley looking to arrest a slide down the table from sixth to 13th.

“I don’t think you should confuse form with results,” he said. “I don’t know we are in mixed form. Our form hasn’t particularly dipped from the Man City game through to the Liverpool game.

“We have had five tough fixtures and I don’t think we’ve performed badly in any of them, but of course because we’ve been playing the top sides we’ve been unable to get many points.

“But we’ve been close to doing so on many occasions so I would not equate form and results. I don’t think our form is bad, but our results have been bad.

“We did fear we might be in for that type of period when we looked at the fixture list and we were playing the top five teams in the country one after another.”

 

 

Sean Dyche’s Burnley, on the other hand, are three points ahead of Palace and have triumphed 3-0 in their last two games.

Hodgson added: “We have every respect for them. We know they are a difficult nut to crack at all times and we have to be ready for the type of game it will be.”

This is the start of a busy schedule for all teams in the Premier League and Palace will play seven times between now and the end of the year.

It means the former England manager will have to consider rotation during a hectic period of the season.

“It’s a time when your squad is really tested,” Hodgson said. “You really need everybody in good form, physical condition and in good mental condition.

“It’s unrealistic to expect 11 players to carry out every 90 minutes you’re going to play, so it’s important everyone’s ready.”

The Palace boss confirmed he would be without Joel Ward for Saturday’s trip to Turf Moor after the defender suffered a serious knee injury in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.

 

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Crystal Palace and Leicester City go head-to-head as both clubs look to build on their impressive starts to the campaign. Follow it live…

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is not in Unai Emery’s plans to play Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Switzerland midfielder appeared to tell supporters to “f**k off” as he was jeered while being substituted during Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.

Xhaka said in a statement that death threats against his wife and messages wishing his daughter got cancer pushed him to “boiling point” and that is why he lashed out at fans.

He didn’t play in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool on penalties in midweek and Emery has confirmed that he will be left out against Wolves.

Emery told a press conference on Friday: “He is training. He didn’t play in Liverpool for me he is continuing, above all [we are] focusing on tomorrow.

“The human, like everyone, feels. Xhaka’s issues last week is one issue that needs time. He needs time to recover the normality in him.

“He said sorry, he gave the apology to the supporters and to everybody. Now is the focus on the match.”

Asked whether he is surprised by how explosive the abuse has been, Emery added: “Everybody maybe we have some social media on our phone, on our internet, on our web. Really to use it is only being intelligent. We can respect the people on social media but we have to separate how much is real. Every supporter is not following that.

“For me the best supporters or the good response is how the supporters respond in our stadium. We have a lot of supporters around the world and we respect them but the real response is in the stadium. In the stadium sometimes it’s normal when we aren’t winning that they respond with some criticism. It’s normal to coach and players.

“Also a lot of players sometimes receive that criticism in the stadium and when you recover with a good performance they forget that and applaud the players and team.

“That’s our objective. To connect with the people, to win and respond the supporters to us, helping us in 90 minutes. This is our target tomorrow.”

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Newcastle centre-back Fabian Schar is shocked by the treatment of “good guy” Granit Xhaka – and fears his Switzerland team-mate will find it hard to bounce back.

Schar admitted that fan backlash is the “worst thing” that can happen to a footballer after Xhaka was booed off by his owen supporters against Crystal Palace., reports The Sun.

The 27-year-old said: “I played with him for years and I know how he is as a person.

“He’s doing everything for Arsenal, which is why he’s captain. He’s a very good guy and people aren’t seeing this.

“I will see him in a couple of weeks with the international team and I’ll give him a hug.

“It’s very hard for a player when your own fans are against you.

“Then you do something emotional that people don’t understand.

“It would be a very difficult situation for any player to have to deal with that.

“To have that from your own fans is the worst thing that can happen to you.

“Nobody wants to see things like this. I’m happy that this has never happened to me.”

 

 

Schar says Xhaka is worshipped back home after helping Switzerland into the last 16 of last year’s World Cup.

He added: “He has a much better standing in Switzerland.

“It’s seen as a big thing that he’s captain of both his country and Arsenal.

“He’s doing a great job for us. I know how he is and how he feels.

“I can really understand him and I’m feeling for him.”

 

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One of Granit Xhaka’s close friends says the midfielder “regretted his actions straight away” after telling the Arsenal crowd that booed him to “f**k off”.

The 27-year-old waved his arms, cupped his ears and told supporters to “f**k off” as they jeered him following his substitution during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

Xhaka also batted away head coach Unai Emery’s attempted handshake and removed his Arsenal shirt before storming down the tunnel.

Patrik Dibrani, who currently plays for Swiss third-tier side SC Zofingen, came through the youth ranks with Xhaka at Basel and spoke to the Arsenal midfielder after the incident.

“It hurts me a great deal. Granit is like a brother to me,” Dibrani told Swiss publication Blick. “I understand that he did not react well to the booing but if you are a true fan of your club it is like a love affair.

“You have to be there for each other in the bad times as well as the good. There should be no place for booing your own players. I spoke on the phone to Granit after the game.

“He’s not in a good place – he is grief-stricken. He regretted his actions straight away. He is an emotional person.”

 

And Dibrani thinks the boos head inside the stadium were made by “tourists” and “not genuine supporters”.

“The fans and the English media are quick to bury him. He is at an age when he can make mistakes, and only human” Dibrani added. “I think the fans who slaughter him are tourists. They are not genuine supporters.

“Granit does everything for his football. He had a personal trainer, and missed out on partying.

“Then he gets abused in the stadium and on social media. The comments are below the belt.

“At Basel he was an undisputed first-teamer aged 18, and he was Borussia Monchengladbach’s youngest ever captain. Now he gets slaughtered without mercy. It is not fair.

“Swiss people have to be proud that one of us is captain of one of the world’s biggest clubs but the blame for Arsenal’s entire situation is being placed on Granit’s shoulders.

“I am a Manchester United fan, and both they and Arsenal have been off the top of English football for five or six years.

“Both clubs are simply not as good as Liverpool or Manchester City.”

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Wilfried Zaha has mocked the Daily Mail on social media over a report claiming the Crystal Palace winger was ready to sue his agent over a failed summer move.

Zaha was expected to leave Selhurst Park at the end of last season after helping keep the club in the Premier League during a second stint at the club that lasted five years.

The winger outlined his desire to leave in April and was thought to have held meetings with club chairman Steve Parish over his future.

But Zaha stayed at Palace after neither Arsenal nor Everton could match a valuation that seemed to fluctuate with each week, with £80million reportedly demanded at one point.

And the Daily Mail claimed on Monday evening that Zaha was ‘taking legal action against his agent’ over his ‘failure to secure him a transfer from Crystal Palace last summer’.

However, Zaha moved to deny the allegations on Twitter by laughing them off, he wrote: “do you lot sit and literally wonder what I’m up too then just make up stuff about me.”

 

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Juan Mata admits he has been blown away by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and says he has never seen a player like him.

The right-back has been an ever-present since moving to Manchester United from Crystal Palace in a £50million deal during the summer.

Veteran midfielder Mata has been particularly by Wan-Bissaka’s one-on-one defending in training and has backed the 21-year-old to get even better.

“He’s very, very good in defensive duties, very good in tackling,” Mata told The Times.

“I’ve never seen any player like him, he’s unbelievable. Even in training you think you’re past him and then he comes and takes the ball straight.

“He has very long legs! I can only see him improving. Like Anthony (Martial), he’s a shy, reserved guy but confident on the pitch.”

Wan-Bissaka was one of three new additions at Old Trafford this summer, with Harry Maguire and Daniel James also joining the Red Devils.

“They’ve had a positive impact,’ Mata added, before insisting Maguire has the potential to become a future United captain. ‘Why not?

“He has experience, his physical presence is important, centre back is a good position to be a commanding personality in the team and he has international experience.

“He’s come to a big club, really having a chance to make that next step towards to even more. Daniel also has made a very good start of the campaign, and everyone can see how quick he is.”

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Gary Neville has questioned Manchester United’s interest in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

Rice emerged as a potential target for United over a summer which saw them pursue young, hungry British players.

Some (silly people) have even mooted a possible £90m bid in January, but Neville does not feel United “need another player” like Rice.

“It’s going to cost a fortune,” he told Sky Sports.

“I mean, you talk about £80m, £90m to get him out of West Ham. We’ve seen a bid for Zaha go to Everton this year for £70m. To get players out of the likes of West Ham now, Crystal Palace, it is not going to be easy.

“Would I say yes now at £80m, £90m? I’m not feeling that personally at this moment in time, but am I seeing a really good player who could potentially develop into something fantastic for the next ten years? Yes, I really do think that.

“But do United need another player? They’ve already got Matic, they’ve already got McTominay doing a similar role to what I see Rice doing.”

 

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed the mentality of Marcus Rashford to “be confident enough” to take Manchester United’s winning penalty against Leicester.

Rashford faced intense criticism and questioning over the international break after failing to impress with England.

The forward started the season well with United by scoring twice in the 4-0 win over Chelsea but had not scored since, and even missed a penalty in the defeat to Crystal Palace.

Rashford atoned for that mistake with the only goal from the spot in the 1-0 victory against Leicester, with The Sun publishing an exclusive claiming he and Jesse Lingard had received ‘the same warning’ from Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan about their non-football distractions.

The Sun say Lingard has been ‘told to concentrate more on being brilliant and less on bling,’ as the 26-year-old ‘peddles aftershave and iPhone cases’ through his ‘Be Yourself’ fashion label, part of the JLINGZ brand.

Weird sentence.

The United management team believe Rashford ‘is also in danger of being side-tracked’ – although quite what by, The Sun do not mention.

After the Leicester game, Solskjaer paid tribute to the forward being “confident enough” to take the spot kick.

“He’s been practising penalties and he can go both ways,” he said.

“He can go through the middle, he was calm and we’re going to get more of them, no doubt about it, because we’ve got players in the box with quick feet and, with VAR now, there’s no chance you’re not going to get them, even though we haven’t got every penalty we should have.

“Going forward, I think we’ll see him slot in a few more.

“Every striker misses a penalty. I’ve seen Maradona and Messi do it. I’ve seen Platini against Brazil and Zico – my favourite player of all time – missed in the same game.

“You’ve just got to be confident enough to step up next time. What’s the worst that can happen?”

 

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Harry Maguire will find it “sh*t” playing against former club Leicester on Saturday, according to Dimitar Berbatov.

Maguire faces the club that shaped him into the world’s most expensive defender for the first time since leaving at the weekend.

The England international has had an indifferent start at Old Trafford, with the opening-day clean sheet proving a false dawn.

United have since drawn with both Wolves and Southampton, losing to Crystal Palace in a below-par start – although Maguire has been one of their better players.

Former United striker Berbatov still believes the centre-half will endure “a particularly difficult” match against his old club.

“United have a tough match against Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“It could be a particularly difficult one for Harry Maguire who joined them from Leicester in August.

“Playing against your old club is sh*t. It’s very difficult to spend two seasons somewhere – as Maguire did at Leicester and I did at Spurs – showing what you can do then get a big move and have to play against your old teammates with whom you’re probably still in touch.

“As hard as you try to be professional, friendships can sometimes get in the way.

“United’s performance against Southampton last time out was not what I want to see from United. They need a win but that can make for a tense atmosphere and prevent you playing good football.

“It will be interesting to see which United players go looking for the ball on Saturday. I really hope they start as if they’re desperate to win. An early goal would ease the tension but Maguire and his team-mates will need to keep it tight at the back, as they failed to hold on to the lead at Southampton.

“I’m backing United to win a close match and, as they’ve only kept one clean sheet so far, will go with 2-1 as the score.”

 

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