Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed the club’s prospects of winning the FA Cup amid the stiff challenge from the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City. The south London have reached the last eight of the competition after beating the likes of Tottenham Hotspur but the former England boss does not fancy his side to go all the way.

Speaking to reporters, Hodgson highlighted that the Eagles don’t usually enjoy lengthy runs in the Cup and those are left for the successful teams like Arsenal and Chelsea. He added that he is prepared for the forthcoming challenge against Watford and would be pleased to guide his team to the semi-final stage.
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A look at the top Turkish League table at the moment for non-followers of the league would seem unfamiliar. No Galatasaray, no Fernabache or Besiktas but little known Istanbul Basaksehir lead the table six points ahead of their closest rivals.

How have the Turkish side been able to come to this feat, a look at their squad would give an idea about this remarkable turn in form? Basaksehir boast of nothing less than 6 players that have plied their trade in the premier league at one point or the order. This list includes Emmanuel Adebayor, Demba Ba, Robinho, Kerim Frei, Emre Belozogu and Gael Clichy.
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Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Lucas Perri from Sao Paolo on a short-term loan for the season. The 21-year-old becomes the fourth goalkeeper with the Eagles’ first-team squad but he is expected to compete with Julian Speroni for the number one role, given Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita are currently in the treatment room.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I’m really glad to join the club,” he told the club’s website shortly after the move. “Two months ago, I knew [about] the possibility to join Palace. Since then, I was pretty anxious to be here because I really wanted that. It’s huge, it’s a really important thing to me. It’s the opportunity of my life and I’m going to do whatever it takes.”
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Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright believes Christian Benteke could be influential towards turning the club’s form in the Premier League in the forthcoming months. The south London outfit have made a slow start to the current campaign and they are currently just one point above the drop after the opening 13 matches.

Moreover, they have also struggled upfront with the joint-lowest goal tally of just eight alongside Huddersfield Town and this has come about from the ineffectiveness of Alexander Sorloth and Jordan Ayew upfront in the absence of Benteke through a knee injury. Speaking exclusively to 90min, Wright suggested that Benteke still has hope of cementing a regular berth with the Eagles upfront, considering the club’s woes in the scoring department this term. Continue reading Arsenal legend believes Belgian striker could turn things around

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Former Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes that the club is favorite to win the title. He said that they have the better squad as well as a good manager and he is sure that they will be holding the Premier League title in May.

He said that Liverpool is also a good team but at the moment they lack the strength in depth that Manchester City has. He believes that this will be a very close Premier League campaign and whoever wins the title will have to be really consistent.
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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha was struggling with a minor back problem before the Newcastle United game which may have slowed him up. The Ivory Coast international sustained aniggle during the warm-up ahead of the fixture but he was given the go-ahead to feature after a late fitness test.

Speaking after the Magpies game, Hodgson said: “I think he is feeling something at the top of his back. He was passed fit by the doctor and physio and had no desire not to play the game. I am hoping it won’t cause him problems in the week. Nothing really to report. He was quieter. I don’t know if his comments affected him. He isn’t in front of the mass media, but I don’t think he expected his comments to be treated the way they were. It was his lament. I don’t think he expected the world and its sister to have a view.”
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Turkish heavyweights Besiktas are reportedly in advanced discussions with Arsenal to pursue the signature of David Ospina. The Colombian goalkeeper has been the back-up goalkeeper for the Gunners over the past three seasons but the arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen has meant that he has now become the third-choice shot-stopper.

As a result, Ospina is desperate to leave the Emirates Stadium before the transfer deadline across Europe and Besiktas are reported to be leading the race. According to The Sun, the former Turkish champions have identified Ospina as their prime target for the number one role, which remains up for grabs following the departure of Fabri to Fulham.
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Adebayor was sold to Manchester City by Arsenal nine years ago after the Togo international had burned his bridges in north London. In an interview, Adebayor has revealed recently that he nearly joined AC Milan the previous year. He said, “Milan, in 2008 I was close. I had wish play with legends players like Kaka, Maldini, Pirlo, and coached by Ancelotti, but I did not do for this, instead, I stayed at Arsenal where I was fine,

Now, Adebayor is regarded as an Arsenal villain because of the match between the City and Gunners that held months after his departure. The Togo international had left the north London club after the incident where fans had vented at him for flirting with a move away the previous year. Against Arsenal, Adebayor scored for City at the Etihad Stadium and he ran the all full length of the pitch to spur the Gunners support.
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Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor believes his country are back on track ahead of their 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Adebayor, who is currently with Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir, has said that it was an honour to lead the West African country during the recent set of international friendlies.

 

The Sparrow Hawks settled for a 2-2 draw against the Ivory Coast in their first friendly before playing out a 0-0 stalemate against Madagascar at the Stade Municipal in France. Despite not winning either of those games, Adebayor has expressed his satisfaction over the results ahead of Togo’s AFCON qualifiers later in the year. Continue reading Emmanuel Adebayor Pleased With AFCON Qualification Preparations

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Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor has suggested that he was pushed through the exit door at the Emirates Stadium during the summer of 2009. The striker had been of interest to Manchester City during the transfer window, and the 34-year-old insists that Wenger forced him to pursue a move or end up plying his trade for the reserves.

He said: “I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger in his office when he told me I had to leave because he doesn’t see my future anymore in Arsenal. I have to move on in my life.I was like ‘I’m going to stay.’ He was like ‘no there is not even a fight organised. We are not going to organise any fight for you. You move out or you stay here and don’t play any games.”
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