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The Crystal Palace manager is disappointed in referee Jon Moss after the head official failed to give Victor Wanyama a second yellow card following a tackle on Andros Townsend in the first half of Spurs’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Sitting on yellow for a foul on Luka Milivojevic, Wanyama slid late on Townsend. The midfielder certainly made sure it looked worse than it was, but even without the tomfoolery it could’ve been a yellow.
Moss instead gave Wanyama a talking-to, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino subbed the fiery midfielder at halftime. Allardyce isn’t too happy, as a dismissal may have given his side a chance at adding Spurs to its list of defeated Top Four candidates.
“The second challenge was the worst. Mauricio was very clever to sub him at half time. I think the referee made the wrong decision, I don’t think he was brave enough.”
Woah. That merits a punishment for someone like Jose Mourinho, so let’s see if the FA sends a fine Allardyce’s way. To be fair to Big Sam, we wouldn’t have been surprised to see that second yellow.
Yet it wouldn’t take that much “bravery” to send Wanyama off at Selhurst Park as opposed to, say, White Hart Lane. For what it’s worth, Moss has sent off three players this season and one of them was Granit Xhaka at home for Arsenal against Swansea.
- Chances at a premium
- Monreal forces Huth own goal
- Arsenal moves sixth
- Foxes six clear of drop
Entertainment value wasn’t high over the course of the match, as Arsenal had trouble piercing Leicester’s congested back four.
Arsenal is now three points back of Manchester United and four behind Man City before Thursday’s Manchester Derby.
Leicester is six points clear of 18th and has played one less game than most of the teams chasing them.
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Wilfried Ndidi was again a monster in the middle third for Leicester, arguably the main reason the Foxes have rebounded from their relegation plight.
Arsenal had a chance pushed away from danger by Robert Huth after Alexis Sanchez misjudged his time on the ball in front of goal in the 56th minute.
Schmeichel then dove to slap away a deflected Francis Coquelin shot.
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Ndidi made a sliding intervention on Mesut Ozil in the 85th minute, another terrific bit of work from the Nigerian.
That’s when Huth’s unlucky moment lifted Arsenal to the lead.
There’s been just one goal between a trio of Wednesday matches in the Premier League, and surprisingly it’s come from one of the division’s worst finishing offenses.
Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland — STREAM
Marten De Roon tilted the Tees-Wear Derby to Boro’s side with an opening goal that could signal the end of Sunderland’s slim safety hopes.
A win moves Boro six back of Hull City with four matches to play.
Arsenal 0-0 Leicester City — STREAM
The final ball hasn’t been there for either side, though twice that was down to exceptional saves. One was a Petr Cech denial of Riyad Mahrez, while Arsenal’s Theo Walcott forced a strong save out of Kasper Schmeichel.
Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur — STREAM
Three Premier League games are coming your way on Wednesday as things continue to get very, very serious at both ends of the table.
Tottenham Hotspur head to in-form London rivals Crystal Palace looking to cut Chelsea’s lead atop the table to four points, while Arsenal host Leicester City as Arsene Wenger‘s side try to stay in the top four race.
At the opposite end of the table Middlesbrough host Sunderland in a battle between north east clubs and the bottom two teams. If either team manages a win then they’ll give themselves a slither of hope of avoiding relegation.
Stream all three games by clicking on the links below, while you can see every goal as it goes in on Premier League Goal Rush by clicking on the link below.
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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being very similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window.
The feature game this Wednesday on “Goal Rush” will be Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur and as goals and incidents occur around the league, you will be transported to the action as it happens.
More info is available here, plus the schedule for all three games is below. You can stream each game live by clicking on the links below or above.
3 p.m. ET: Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur – NBCSN [STREAM]
2:45 p.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Leicester City – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
2:45 p.m. ET: Middlesbrough vs. Sudnerland – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]