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Julian Speroni leaving Crystal Palace after 15 years

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Goalkeeper Julian Speroni will leave Crystal Palace this summer after spending 15 years at the club, it was announced on Thursday. Speroni’s contract expires this summer and it will not be renewed.

The 39-year-old Argentine will depart Selhurst Park this summer after joining from Dundee United back in 2004. He made 402 appearances for Crystal Palace, more than any other goalkeeper in the club’s history and placing him fourth all-time at the club overall. Speroni also owns a club-record 112 clean sheets.

“Julian has devoted the best 15 years of his playing career to our club, and will go down in the record books,” said club chairman Steve Parish, “but perhaps more importantly, will be remembered as a true club legend by all Palace fans and everyone at the club. You just don’t get many people like Julian in elite football any more – he is a model professional, ultra-committed, immensely loyal, and has set impeccable standards to his team-mates down the years. His contribution to this club cannot be overstated, and we will be eternally grateful for his service.”

Speroni had made just 14 Premier League appearances over the past four seasons, including just one this year as he rode the bench serving as third string to Wayne Hennessey and Vincente Guaita. He could get a final run-out in the last game of the season as Palace hosts Bournemouth, with little on the line sitting in 12th.

The Argentine was critical in securing Crystal Palace’s Premier League status in 2013, keeping clean sheets in both legs of the playoff semifinal against Brighton & Hove Albion, plus again in the final against Watford that saw Kevin Phillips score the extra-time winner in a 1-0 victory. He remained the starter for the club’s first two top flight seasons after promotion that saw them finish 10th and 11th, still the best table finishes for the club in its Premier League history.

It is unclear what the future holds for Speroni, but the release did not mention retirement, so it’s possible he has offers for a bigger role elsewhere, with both the Premier League and Championship likely in play.

Salah saves Liverpool blushes in 7-goal thriller (video)

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  • Townsend gives Palace lead
  • Salah, Firmino answer
  • Tomkins levels before Salah scores 2nd
  • Milner sent off

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool finally overcame game Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield on Saturday.

The Premier League leaders extended their table lead to seven points despite going down 1-0 and tossing away a 2-1 lead.

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also scored for the Reds, while Palace got goals from Andros Townsend, James Tomkins, and Max Meyer in the loss. The Eagles are just three points clear of the drop after Newcastle and Southampton won their matches.

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We’re telling you that you are reading this one right: Reds center back Joel Matip got to the doorstep on a nice Liverpool combination play, but Palace backstop Julian Speroni defied him with a nice stop.

The goal came at the other end, with Wilfried Zaha‘s dribble into the left of the box allowing for a cutback to Townsend. The former Newcastle and Spurs man knifed the ball past Alisson Becker for a 1-0 lead.

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The Reds answered through Salah, helped plenty by a Palace giveaway that helped the Egyptian one-on-one with an apparently rusty Speroni.

And Firmino turned the first half deficit on its ear when his shot turned off Cheikhou Kouyate to make it 2-1 within eight minutes of halftime.

That wasn’t it, though, as miserable Reds defending allowed Tomkins to put Palace level again! A corner kick cleared Virgil Van Dijk‘s leap but not his English counterpart.

The Reds answered again, Speroni bungling an attempted slap of James Milner‘s cross to the line for Salah to push the final inch.

Milner was sent off in the 89th minute for a last-ditch studs-up tackle, but Mane found Liverpool’s fourth goal despite its status down a man.

Meyer scored a stoppage time goal of his own off a Connor Wickham knock down of an Andros Townsend cross.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea: Eagles stun Blues for deserved win

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  • Cabaye breaks CPFC season duck
  • Bakayoko levels with 1st PL goal
  • Zaha nabs winner

Wilfried Zaha‘s return propelled Crystal Palace to their first goals and points of the season in a shocking 2-1 win over Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Chelsea’s been stunned for the second time this season, with Palace joined Burnley as non-traditional powers to belt the Blues.

The win moves Palace four points back of the drop zone, while Chelsea sinks nine points behind leaders Manchester City.

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The first danger? Well of course it came from Crystal Palace, as a healthy Wilfried Zaha dribbled through the box to test Thibaut Courtois with a low shot.

And then… Palace scored! It only took David Luiz clearing a ball off Cabaye’s knee to get past Courtois, but the Eagles will not be complaining with their 1-0 lead.

The lead didn’t last long, with Bakayoko nodding a corner kick off the ground and past Julian Speroni.

Marcos Alonso‘s shot near the spot was deflected out for a corner, and Michy Batshuayi‘s header off the corner was too high for the frame.

Mamadou Sakho then cued up electric returnee Zaha for a terrific finish just before halftime.

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Cesc Fabregas cranked a 50th minute shot off the cross bar as Chelsea mounted its second rally of the contest.

Davide Zappacosta was introduced to the match when Victor Moses was injured, and helped Chelsea take control. Eden Hazard set Pedro up for a shot that Speroni saved in the 67th.

Charly Musonda made waves this week with an Instagram post regarding frustration wiht his playing time, then subbed into the match Saturday and almost provided an equalizer.

Hazard couldn’t get on the end of a terrific invitation from Zappacosta, and Palace was now 17 or so minutes from its first three points of the season.

Watch Live: Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Arsenal was shocked on the season’s opening weekend, and will hope to avoid two straight defeats to start the season as they travel to Crystal Palace at 8:30am ET on Sunday, live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

The Gunners have not lost their first two games to start a league season since the inaugural season of the Premier League 23 years ago, but Selhurst Park has become an increasingly difficult place to play.

Palace eviscerated newly promoted Norwich City in the opening week, dominating them on the break away from home, but it will be interesting to see if the club deploys the same tactics in front of their home fans.

Their pace allows them to play this style, with Wilfried Zaha, James Puncheon, and Yannick Bolasie all possessing high-level speed to support Connor Wickham up front in the striker’s first start for his new club. They have a solid base with Yohan Cabaye behind them as well, but captain and fellow holding midfielder Mile Jedinak fails to start for the second straight match. Marouane Chamakh and Julian Speroni are the only injured Eagles, the pair with longer-term problems.

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The Gunners have responded in turn by bringing in Alexis Sanchez after sitting him in week one due to fitness concerns. In turn, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who had a fantastic preseason – sits on the bench. Hector Bellerin makes the starting lineup after injury concerns, but Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, and Danny Welbeck are all out.

LINEUPS

Crystal Palace: McCarthy; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souaré; McArthur, Cabaye; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Wickham.
Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Jedinak, Mutch, Lee, Bamford, Murray.

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis; Giroud
Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott.

Crystal Palace vs Swansea City (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Crystal Palace could complete a remarkable turnaround under Alan Pardew and go into the Top 10 on the final day, but they’ll need a win over Swansea City to do so, live from Selhurst Park live on E! or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Pardew has been served with a completely fresh squad, but Wayne Hennessey will start in goal as heavy-tenured shot-stopper Julian Speroni is rested for his testimonial midweek.

Meanwhile, Swansea has a mostly fit side as well as the Swans have little to play for, stuck in eighth place and unable to drop or gain from there. However, they have already secured a club record points total in the top flight, sitting on 56 points.

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Ki Sung-yeung is out after minor knee surgery, and manager Garry Monk has chosen to give a start to Leon Britton, just his ninth Premier League appearance this year.

LINEUPS:

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Hangeland, Souare; Zaha, Jedinak, McArthur, Bolasie; Puncheon; Chamakh.
Bench: Speroni, Delaney, Kelly, Lee, Mutch, Murray, Campbell.

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Bartley, Richards, Britton, Cork, Emnes, Dyer, Montero, Gomis.
Bench: Tremmel, Hanley, Rangel, Fulton, Grimes, Gorre, Barrow.