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Palace unveils stadium renderings, virtual tour

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Crystal Palace is set to get a stadium front fitting of its name (again).

The Premier League club announced its Selhurst Park redevelopment plans on Monday, and it looks nice.

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Artist renderings should sometimes be treated like a controlled substance, and this one certainly has a capacity to excite.

The stadium will get 8,000 more seats and cost between $100-135 million, while also expanding the size of the pitch to allow the venue status as an international match host.

Here’s Palace chairman Steve Parish:

“We need a stadium that reflects who we are, how far we have come and where we want to go – a stadium that South London can be proud of, a home worthy of our incredible support and unique atmosphere and this great Premier League we represent.

Better yet? Take the 360-degree virtual tour of the new digs here.

Trying to punch Palace’s eagle earns man a court date or two

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Midway through the article, it becomes more about the punishment than the crime.

A 34-year-old probable Charlton fan got way too excited during a League Cup loss to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

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His angry eyes spotted Palace mascot Kayla, an American bald eagle, and his brilliant idea was…

To punch it.

Fortunately, the fan failed. And was caught. And is in trouble.

From the BBC:

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage.

Six other men were also arrested on Wednesday in connection with the violence, Scotland Yard said.

In terms of his sentence, here’s my thought: Bind the man, give him some sunglasses, some protection for his major blood vessels, and spray him with some fish musk (Do fish have musk?).

Carver reacts to Coloccini being hit by coin, matching wits with former boss Pardew (video)

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As far as post match press conferences, the one held by Newcastle United’s John Carver after his side drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace had a bit of everything.

For the tactician, Carver laid out his formation and substitution choice in dealing with former boss Alan Pardew and his knowledge of the Magpies’ personnel. For the newshound, there was his take on Fabricio Coloccini getting hit in the face with a coin thrown by a Selhurst Park attendee.

It’s worth a watch.

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On playing against Pardew:

“When somebody knows your team inside out, it’s sometimes very difficult. I was expecting him to do something different and then he changed it… He had quite a few strikers on at the end.”

On the Coloccini incident:

“He gets blatantly hit in the eye. Very, very lucky. It’s an inch away from his eyeball. Hopefully something will be done because there’s no place.”

WATCH: The moments after final whistle between Liverpool and Palace

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NBC Sports commentators Arlo White and Lee Dixon, and later studio host Rebecca Lowe, said very little as the final whistle sounded on Crystal Palace’s stunning comeback from 3-0 down to draw Liverpool 3-3, putting a severe dent in the Merseyside club’s title hopes for 2014.

Then again, they didn’t have to. Let this video paint the scenes for you, as Selhurst Park sang for its heroes while Luis Suarez and Liverpool supporters found themselves in a sea of tears.

At times it’s tough to watch. Sports.

Watch Live: Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa (Lineups and Discuss)

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Both sides claim to be safe from the relegation fight, but both Crystal Palace and Aston Villa would love to emerge from Selhurst Park clutching all three points (Watch live at 10:07 a.m. ET online via Live Extra).

Villa and Palace are each on 34 points after having played 32 matches. It’s the visitors that are having a tougher time of it at the moment, however. Since beating Chelsea a month ago, Villa have lost three in a row, by a combined score of 10-3. The Villa even managed to lose 2-1 to Fulham last weekend, giving the Cottagers an immense boost in their fight for safety.

Tony Pulis, meanwhile, is proving his worth as a manager that never lets his side get relegated. Now in 14th, seven points clear of the drop, Palace are looking like a side that will still be in the Premier League next year. They’re helped by losing just one of their last four – and still bolstered by beating Chelsea two weeks back.

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Paul Lambert makes four changes to the side that lost to Fulham last weekend. Although Christian Benteke will remain sidelined until next season, the Villa manager is thrilled to have Gabby Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi back to start. The other change is Ciaran Clark in to help in defense, with Lambert changing from a 4-3-3 to a fluid 3-5-2/5-3-2 against Palace.

It’s an unchanged team for Palace, with Pulis deciding that if the lineup is good enough for an emphatic win at Cardiff, it’s certainly good enough for a home victory against Aston Villa. The manager will be looking for Jason Puncheon to create another big punch, with the attacker netting twice last weekend.

LINEUPS

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bolasie, Puncheon, Ledley, Jerome

Subs: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Parr, Ince, Gayle, Murray, Chamakh

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Clark, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Agbonlahor, Holt

Subs: Bennett, Weimann, Albrighton, Sylla, Bowery, Tonev, Steer