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Crystal Palace get their first Premier League win

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Crystal Palace got their first English Premier League win of the season against Sunderland who is now second from bottom with only one point from three games. Ian Holloway’s Palace were at home, in a ‘must win’ game after losing their first two Premier League games and they most certainly looked like a team determined to please their home supporters and instil hope that they can survive in the English Premier League. Online sports betting operator Bet365 have Palace odds on favourites to be relegated, priced at 4/11, but fans will be hoping that the bookmaker has got it wrong.

Crystal Palace went into an early lead in the ninth minute with a goal from Danny Gabbidon. But the visitors came back to the level the game after the half time break in the 64th minute  with a header from Steven Fletcher. Palace went back into the lead with a penalty by Dwight Gayle, after he was fouled by John O’Shea  in the area. Finally, Stuart O’Keefe made sure of the three points with a another goal from the edge of the penalty box.

It was definitely a much improved performance by the newcomers to the Premier League, as they played as a team and displayed some awesome counter attacking moves, that will surely bring goals this season. The early goal settled the home team and even when Sunderland equalised, Palace came back quickly and settled their nerves once again. Ian Holloway would have been very satisfied with his team’s performance and will be looking for more of the same when they go to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in their next Premier League fixture.

The win sees the team shoot up to 14th in the table and will give Ian Holloway and his team some ‘breathing space’ especially with Manchester United coming up. CrystalPalace will have to show that same work rate, excellent passing and counter attacking that we saw today, and build on that to ensure they put up a good show at Old Trafford. Bet365 have Manchester United 1/6 to win at home, with Crystal Palace 12/1 to provide an upset!

 

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New £30m Manchester United bid for Fabregas

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Manchester United have increased their offer to £30 million in an effort to acquire Barcelona’s midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The Red Devils had an initial offer of £25 million turned down by Barcelona, with both club and player stating they were both happy to remain in each other’s company for the foreseeable future. However, Manchester United are hoping the Catalan club will be tempted to take the cash and release the Spanish international. Old Trafford’s Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward is now focusing on this deal and any sports betting fan will know United usually get their player once the news go public.

Cesc Fabregas is a product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy and at the age of 16 was signed by North London club Arsenal. He went on to become The Gunners youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 177 days when he played against Rotherham United in the League Cup in October 2003. The player also became a key part in Wenger’s team, and even became Arsenal captain in November 2008. The Spaniard enjoyed 8 good years at Arsenal and was always a crowd favourite, with 303 game under his belt and 57 goals.

The player returned to Barcelona, as expected, because everyone knew his first love and desire was to the Catalan club where he grew up and developed his skills as a boy. In 2011 he agreed a five year deal estimated to be around £25.4 million, and since then has played 96 games and been involved in winning the Copa del Rey in 2011/12 and La Liga in 2012/13. Although he has not featured as much as he would like, it was probably expected that Iniesta and Xavi would naturally be first choice in the mid-field, but Cesc would expect to be more involved as time goes on.

Manchester United are hoping that they can acquire the mid fielder to plug a gap that has been there for quite some time and is know getting desperate with Paul Scholes recent retirement. It maybe that Cesc can be tempted back to the English Premier League, as he has already stated he will be ahppy with whatever decision is taken by his current employer and it will give him a chance to be reunited with his ex Arsenal chum, Robin van Persie!

 

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