- Shaqiri, Loftus-Cheek trade goals
- Sakho nabs winner
- Palace 2W-2D-2L in last six
Mamadou Sakho‘s late goal drove Crystal Palace to a 2-1 late win at Selhurst Park on Saturday, as the Roy Hodgson regroup is well and truly on in South London.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek canceled out Xherdan Shaqiri‘s first half goal within moments.
Palace now has eight points and can see safety for the first time this season. Stoke sits 15th.
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A slow start eventually saw Stoke City look superior, and Wayne Hennessey made a nice save on Xherdan Shaqiri 1v1.
At the other end, Lee Grant robbed James McArthur.
Roy Hodgson took McArthur off for Christian Benteke at the break. Could the big man make a difference in his second substitute appearance following a long layoff?
The aforementioned actors all played a role in a defining stanza of the match. Benteke lashed over goal moments before Shaqiri converted a chance at the other end.
Yet Palace battled back to equalize quickly through Loftus-Cheek. And Yohan Cabaye‘s late drive off the post allowed Sakho to snag three big points for the hosts.
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Everton and Arsenal both look to stay in the top five discussion when they meet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Carlo Ancelotti has Everton on 36 points, five back of fifth, while ex-Toffees midfielder Mikel Arteta has the Gunners on 34 points.
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Andre Gomes returns to Everton’s bench after his gruesome injury earlier this Fall, and Ancelotti makes five changes to his Starting XI. Ex-Arsenal man Alex Iwobi will start for the Toffees.
Nicolas Pepe rejoins Arsenal’s Starting XI after a Thursday match in the Europa League.
It’s probably not a surprise that a young Portuguese player would fancy Manchester United given the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford early his career.
Bruno Fernandes admits that those images danced through his head well before he signed with the Red Devils in January.
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It’s also not a shock that United would turn to their former player for a take on the playmaker before buying him from Sporting Lisbon.
Fernandes says he’s grateful that CR7 endorsed BF18. From Sky Sports:
“I know some people asked Cristiano what he thought of me and what I was like as a player and a person,” Fernandes said. “I know he spoke highly of me and gave me a good reference, so I sent him a message after to thank him for his kind words.”
Fernandes has 19 caps and two goals for Portugal, while Ronaldo has a few more with 164 and 99.
He now has a goal and an assist in four appearances for United. Ronaldo finished with 118 goals and 69 assists in 292 appearances for the Red Devils.
Here’s the finish:
Eden Hazard is set to miss the Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League first leg against Man City with a broken fibula.
Hazard had only returned to the lineup for two matches following a three-month absence with an ankle injury.
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The 29-year-old has made just 15 appearances for Real since arriving in a big-money move from Chelsea, scoring once with five assists.
He has never appeared in less than 30 league matches over the course of his career, five times missing one or zero matches.
Of course, all of his absences show that Real is very comfortable playing and winning without Hazard. Zinedine Zidane’s men lost Sunday to drop behind Barcelona in La Liga, but that was just its second loss of the league season.
Real will be taxed in depth like its rivals, with Wednesday’s visit from Man City followed by an El Clasico at the Bernabeu on March 1. Barcelona hosts Napoli on Tuesday.
Whether you like the playmaker or despise him, there must be some sense of sympathy for his latest ailments (even if Man City and Barca fans will likely offer a Jerry Seinfeld-esque, “That’s a shame”).
A pair of Premier League basement dwellers face stiff tests in their bids to win another season in the top flight.
Manchester United hosts Watford on NBCSN while Wolves welcome Norwich City on CNBC as both home sides aim to improve the health of their top four hopes in 9 a.m. ET kickoffs.
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Lineups notes from both matches: