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Watch Live: Fulham vs Crystal Palace (Lineups and Discuss)

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Fulham are relegated, but will look to go out on a high note in front of their home fans against a resurgent Crystal Palace.

The match will be live on E! at 10am ET from Craven Cottage or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

The Whites have gone with a very normal lineup, but it’s the bench where the interesting names are seated.

Felix Magath, who says he wishes to continue with the club in the Championship, is looking to get an eye on the vast youth he has to choose from next season, and Ryan Tunnicliffe, Jessie Joronen, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Chris David, and George Williams all make the bench.

Record signing Kostas Mitroglou also is among the substitutes, although clearly it’s too little too late in a spring full of injury and disappointment for the Greek.

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For Crystal Palace, Tony Pulis has benched a few of his regulars for the final match of the year which means very little in an already wildly successful second half of the season.

Cameron Jerome, James Puncheon, Julian Speroni, and Kagisho Dikgacoi are all sitting for today on the bench.

LINEUPS:

Fulham – Stockdale; Zverotic, Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta; Kacaniklic, Parker, Sidwell, Richardson; Woodrow, Rodallega
Bench – Joronen, Kasami, Mitroglou, Tunnicliffe, David, Dejagah, Williams.

Crystal Palace – Hennessey; Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Bolasie, Jedinak, Ledley, Ince; Chamakh, Gayle.
Bench – Speroni, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, O’Keefe, Puncheon, Murray, Jerome.

Crystal Palace v. Liverpool: Reds can go top of the league with win

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  • Had the Premier League started on January 1st, Crystal Palace would be seventh in the table on 27 points.
  • Liverpool have scored in 17 of their 18 away league games this season, failing to score only at Arsenal.
  • Three of Liverpool’s last five Premier League defeats have been to London clubs.

Liverpool look to boost their title-hopes with a victory over Crystal Palace today at Selhurst Park (3:00pm ET on NBCSN and streaming on Live Extra).

Brendan Rodgers’ side enters the match on the heels of a devastating 2-0 home loss to Chelsea last Sunday, which ended Liverpool’s 11 match league unbeaten streak.

A victory on Monday will see Liverpool reclaim top spot in the league from Manchester City, who can then come level on Wednesday when they host Aston Villa. Such a scenario would set up a final weekend where both Liverpool and City would be on 83 points, meaning Chelsea (79 points) would be eliminated from contention.

Tony Pulis’ side enter the match 11th in the Premier League table on 43 points, assuring them another season of Premier League football. Before last week’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City, Palace was on a tear having won five straight matches. The sensational run of form earned Pulis the manager of the month award and relaxed all relegation-related tensions.

Last time these two sides met Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on October 5th behind goals from Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard before Dwight Gayle got one back late for the Eagles. Both clubs enter the match with a clean bill of health with Sturridge poised to start after overcoming a hamstring injury and Kagisho Dikgacoi returning to health from a knock that kept him out against City.

Also of note is the possibility that Suarez could enter the Premier League record books for goals in a 38-match season. One goal will tie the mark, currently held by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo, while a brace will hand the Uruguayan the record.

What They’re Saying

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: “[Liverpool’s] forward line is exceptional, you only have to look at the two centre forwards and the number of goals they’ve scored between them to know they’ll be a threat. The two of them have formed a great partnership so it will be tough on Monday but it will great for the supporters to see top, top players like that as well.”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: “All we can control is our remaining two matches. We need to win those and then see where it takes us. We can’t worry about anyone else, we just need to focus on our job. We will keep fighting right to the end.”

Predictions

It will be tight with Palace bringing it early and possibly even opening the scoring, but things will loosen up once Liverpool find the net and eventually open up Palace’s defense. Suarez nets a brace, gets the 38-game record and the Reds win by a two to three goal margin.

Watch Live: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

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Crystal Palace could have a big hand in the title chase as the revived club host Manchester City at Selhurst Park at 11:10 on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

City will look to capitalize on any points dropped by Liverpool at Anfield today, and Manuel Pellegrini has gone for it today with both Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero in the lineup.

In the absence of Jesus Navas and David Silva due to injury, Pellegrini has gone much more direct, with Javi Garcia and Yaya Toure anchoring a midfield that will likely play through the middle up to the strike pair at the top.

Toure is a big start, as the Ivorian was a question mark heading into the fixture. He returns after a week out.

Samir Nasri and James Milner do play out wide, but will possibly be more support with heavy overlap from Zabaleta and Kolarov.

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Meanwhile, Palace has Marouane Chamakh back in action up front after missing last week against West Ham through injury.  The Moroccan international starts next to Cameron Jerome, with Kagisho Dikgacoi also back from injury on the bench.

Palace will be hoping for shades of Chelsea when they all but derailed the Blues’ title chances, and they look to do the same to City.

Crystal Palace have won five straight matches in the Premier League, something they haven’t done in 22 years.

LINEUPS:

Crystal Palace – Speroni; Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Puncheon; Chamakh, Jerome.
Bench – Hennessey, Gabbidon, Parr, Dikgacoi, Ince, Gayle, Murray.

Manchester City – Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov; Milner, Garcia, Toure, Nasri; Dzeko, Aguero.
Bench – Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Clichy, Fernandinho, Jovetic, Negredo.

West Ham United 0-1 Crystal Palace: Eagles assure second season in Premier League (video)

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Saturday’s win over West Ham secures a huge, huge three points for Crystal Palace. They’d reached the 40 point mark already, but now they are mathematically assured of a second consecutive season in the Premier League. Tony Pulis, the man who’s never seen a side relegated, has worked his magic once more.

Prior to kickoff between West Ham and Palace, a minute’s applause rang out around Upton Park, honoring former West Ham player Dylan Tombides. The club announced yesterday that the 20-year-old died following a battle against testicular cancer.

But if Irons fans were hoping the club would honor Tombides’ memory by playing out a thriller, well, that dream didn’t come true.

(Premier League Roundup: Chelsea blow it, Swansea, Spurs and Palace win)

Although West Ham started brightly, for the majority of the first half, it was the visitors that had the upper hand. In the 17th minute, Andy Carroll was there to clear a header from Kagisho Dikgacoi off the line. Five minutes later, Dikgacoi was threatening again, but his shot was straight at Adrián.

In the end it was a penalty that secured safety for Palace. Pablo Armero brought down Cameron Jones inside the area, clipping his ankle. It was a clear penalty, and the visitors took advantage.

Cameron Jerome drives into the box and goes tumbling under Pablo Armero’s challenge. A penalty, and the West Ham defender can have few complaints after clipping the striker’s ankle. Mile Jedinak stepped up, putting his shot past Adrián into the top left corner.

Rather than spurring West Ham into action, the goal encouraged Palace to go after another. Jason Puncheon, who’d scored four in the last three games, came the closest, seeing two shots blocked and then placing one just wide.

LINEUPS

West Ham United: Adrian, McCartney, Tomkins, Reid, Armero, Noble, Diame, Nolan (Nocerino 85), Downing (J. Cole 78), Carroll, Jarvis (C. Cole 70)

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Digkacoi, Jedinak, Puncheon (Gabbidon 87), Bolasie (Parr 87), Ledley, Jerome (Murray 82)

Goals: Jedinak 59′

Premier League Preview: Man City host Sunderland, Everton face Palace

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On Wednesday two rearranged Premier League games take center stage as both have huge implications on the PL title race, the top four battle and the quest against relegation.

Everything is on the line, and you can watch both games live online via NBC Sports Live Extra.

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Our featured game comes from the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City host relegation haunted Sunderland with both teams in desperate need of the win for very different reasons.

Here’s a quick preview on both games.

Everton vs. Crystal Palace 2:45 p.m. ET, watch live online via NBC Sports Live Extra

The Toffees can’t afford to slip up at home to Palace, as Everton know a will win put them back into the top four and two points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal with four games to go. Roberto Martinez’s side are aiming for their eighth-straight PL win, something they haven’t achieved since 1985, while Palace after in the hunt for their fourth win on the spin as they’re all but safe of relegation. Everton are in fine form and with a talented attacking quartet of Romelu Lukaku, Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley, they will give Palace’s staunch defense a tough time. Tony Pulis’ men have been solid at the back and will provide a stern test for the Toffees.

In team news Phil Jagielka has not recovered so teenager John Stones will continue to deputize at the back. Palace will give late fitness tests to Kagisho Dikgacoi and Yannick Bolasie.

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Can Everton win their eight-straight PL game against Palace?

Manchester City vs. Sunderland – 2:45 p.m. ET, watch live online via NBC Sports Live Extra and on NBCSN

After their 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in a potential title decider last Sunday, Man City will be looking to bounce back quickly when Sunderland arrive at the Etihad on Wednesday. Manuel Pellegrini’s men have won 14 of their 15 PL home games, with their only defeat coming against Chelsea. If they’re going to win the PL title this season, they’ll likely need to win their final six games and hope for a slip up from Liverpool. As for Sunderland, their situation is dire as they sit bottom of the PL standings as manager Gus Poyet has admitted the Black Cats need a ‘miracle’ to survive. Strangely Sunderland have won four of their last eight games against Man City in the PL. However City did beat the Mackems in the League Cup final at Wembley earlier this year.

In team news Yaya Toure is out for two weeks, while Sergio Aguero could start for the first time in over a month. Sunderland will be missing Lee Cattermole through suspension and Liam Bridcutt for personal reasons.