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Transfer rumor roundup: Zaha to Dortmund; Guendouzi to Arsenal

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For all the improvements Roy Hodgson made at Crystal Palace, none was more important than a healthy and in-form Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivorian, 25, is long removed from his failed spell at Manchester United, and has collecting 16 goals and 16 assists over his last two seasons at Selhurst Park.

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Palace has one win and 11 losses when Zaha is not in the lineup during that span. And reports earlier this weekend say he’s turned down a massive new contract.

Gulp.

Borussia Dortmund is said to be chasing Zaha’s signature with the money it may be accumulating from the sale of Andriy Yarmolenko to West Ham (according to Bild).

Meanwhile, Arsenal is said to be moving closer to bringing Lucas Toreira to North London, what with the Uruguayan’s World Cup recently finished, but a new name is in Unai Emery’s sights according to Sky Sports.

Matteo Guendouzi, 19, could be leaving Lorient for Arsenal. The $9 million youngster played in 18 matches for the Ligue 2 side last season and has represented France from U-18 to U-20 as a center mid.

Hodgson: “No barrier for how high” Zaha can reach

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It would take a total collapse over the season’s final weeks for Crystal Palace to be relegated from the Premier League, and that’s already saying a whole lot for the work of Roy Hodgson.

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Palace, you’ll remember, started 0-7 and 1W-1D-9L in league play, with Hodgson taking the reigns after Frank De Boer presided over the first four losses of the season.

Now, a four-match Feb/March swoon aside, Palace is pretty much safe.

Hodgson’s first win came the day Zaha returned from six-straight matches away with a knee injury, and three of the four-match winter woes came with Zaha fighting another knee injury.

So…. yeah. Zaha.

“Wilf today, that was maybe one of the very best during my time at the club. He balanced running with the ball, creating chances and tracking back. His all-round game was great. He got the balance between when to hold on to the ball and when to lay it off. If he can continue like that there is no barrier for how high he can reach.”

To recap, Crystal Palace with Zaha this season: 9W-11D-7L

Crystal Palace without Zaha: Nine losses

Projected over a full season with Zaha’s form, Palace would have (rounded up) 51 points, three behind seventh place Burnley.

Now five of the nine matches Zaha missed were against Top Six sides, but four were 1-0. Methinks this guy is going to get some major attention this summer, though Palace may just hold onto him if they can convince Chelsea to sell Ruben Loftus-Cheek (3-3-6 without him).

Crystal Palace 5-0 Leicester City: Eagles chew up 10-man Foxes

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  • Goal, assist for Zaha
  • Draws red from Albrighton
  • Palace goes 12th

Wilfried Zaha was the star of the show as Crystal Palace battered Leicester City 5-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Zaha had a goal, an assist, and drew a second-half red card, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek, James McArthur, Christian Benteke, and Patrick Van Aanholt also scored for the Eagles.

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James Tomkins almost put Palace ahead, but Kelechi Iheanacho reacted well to clear off the line.

The Eagles returned the goal line clearance pain with Stephen Ward blocking Jamie Vardy‘s bid to stay hot.

Zaha put Palace in front on the back end of three terrific passes from Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Yohan Cabaye, then Andros Townsend to Zaha for a slick finish.

Ben Hamer made a low left-handed save in the 29th minute to deny Zaha a second.

McArthur made it 2-0 in the 38th minute, turning Zaha’s pass to slide a smooth finish behind Hamer.

Mike Dean effectively ended any comeback hopes with an easy red card to Marc Albrighton, who took down Zaha as last man back.

Loftus-Cheek got a deserved goal, Patrick van Aanholt netted, and a Christian Benteke penalty rounded out the scoring in the final 10 minutes.

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Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Spoils split

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  • Watford tops Palace in shots, 14-6
  • Zaha involved in two PK shouts
  • One of 2 PL matches on Saturday

Cagey sides Watford and Crystal Palace each picked up a point from a nil-nil draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Palace moves six points clear of the drop zone, while Watford is nine above 18th.

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Stefano Okaka headed a Troy Deeney cross off the cross bar in the fourth minute.

The match boiled over as Abdoulaye Doucoure, already booked, shoved Wilfried Zaha after the Ivorian hit the deck in the box after a 50/50 with Christian Kabasele.

Deeney hit a low drive into Wayne Hennessey‘s mitts as three minutes of first half stoppage began at Vicarage Road.

The second half snapped to life around the hour mark, and Luka Milivojevic whipped a free kick off the cross bar.

Zaha saw a 63rd minute yellow card for diving in a scrum of Watford bodies in what could’ve easily been a penalty for the Eagles.

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AT HALF: Thrills in the M23 Derby; Burnley nailing down 7th

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While two matches haven’t complied with Chelsea and Southampton’s early morning thriller, we’ve had a pair of beauties amongst the Premier League’s four 10 a.m. ET Saturday kickoffs.

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Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

The M23 Derby is nowhere near disappointing, with Wilfried Zaha scoring early and again to join James Tomkins in a trio of goals for the Selhurst Park set.

Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo have scored for the Gulls, the latter the latest in a series of gorgeous goals from the Colombian scorer (What a pass!).

Swansea City 0-1 Everton

It’s a Kyle Naughton own goal which has Swans down at home to Sam Allardyce‘s Toffees.

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Watford

Not much happening at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Burnley 2-0 Leicester City

Nick Pope‘s made a few terrific saves for Burnley, who looks set to finish 7th and qualify for the Europa League (as long as Southampton fails to win the FA Cup). Chris Wood and Kevin Long have the goals at Turf Moor, and the latter’s header was powerful.