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Crystal Palace

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Glenn Murray continues to thrive as Crystal Palace's lone striker.

Murray's career at Selhurst Park looked to be over under Neil Warnock, but he has been thrown back in the starting XI by Alan Pardew (initially because of injuries to Marouane Chamakh, Yaya Sanogo and Fraizer Campbell) and has four goals in his last four Premier League games. Aside from a very poor fantasy week against QPR (committing five fouls and picking up a yellow card) Murray has returned 14 points, 17 points and 14 points in the Yahoo game over the past four weeks and has been restored as the club's penalty taker. With Palace in good form it makes the striker a tempting option moving forward, but his aggressive style of play will lead to a lot of cards, so you'll need to be prepared for this potential outcome, as we saw with his -4 points in Week 29 and his sending off against West Ham in Week 27.
Mar 24 - 5:44 AM

Wilfried Zaha passed a late fitness test after picking up an injury scoring last weekend and scored again as Palace beat Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia.

The Potters scored first through Mame Biram Diouf and looked like they might overcome a rash of defensive injuries to pick up a home win. Crystal Palace came back with a Glenn Murray penalty to equalize in the 41st minute. In first half stoppage time it was Wilfried Zaha who got the winner after recovering from a hip injury last weekend. The win continues Palace's strong form since Alan Pardew replaced Neil Warnock as manager and sees the Eagles overtake Pardew's former team, Newcastle, in the standings in the eleventh spot.
Mar 21 - 1:09 PM

Wilfried Zaha faces a late fitness test as he recovers from the hip injury he suffered during Palace's 3-1 win over QPR last weekend.

With Stoke City facing questions about their defense, especially the left back spot, Zaha could be in a great position to contribute if he can pass his own late fitness check. He was very good against QPR last weekend and the player and his manager will hope he can recover and keep the momentum going against stronger opposition.
Mar 20 - 3:01 PM

James McArthur joined Wilfried Zaha and Joel Ward in scoring on Saturday as Palace cruised past London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

Goals are not really McArthur's thing. 143 of his 179 points so far this season have come from defensive phantom points (tackles won, passes intercepted and blocked shots). The fact that he added a goal, and the winning goal at that, to his defensive efforts made Week 29 a big one for McArthur. You can expect that he will continue to deliver the phantom defending points but don't base any of your plans around him scoring more than one more goal for the entire season.
Mar 18 - 12:57 PM

Jason Puncheon is almost certain to miss out in GW30 after the Crystal Palace midfielder suffered a hamstring injury during Saturdays’ win over Queens Park Rangers.

Alan Pardew labelled Puncheon his "most influential player" since arriving from Newcastle and although the news will be disappointing Palace can be thankful the injury is nothing more serious than heavy bruising after the player crumpled in a heap seemingly unchallenged. His absence could open the door for Dwight Gayle who dropped to the bench following the return of Glenn Murray from suspension last weekend. However Wilfried Zaha is expected to be fit after the winger collided with the goalpost having opened the scoring at Selhurst Park – despite continuing in obvious discomfort for more than 30 minutes the injury is only thought to be impact [hip] and after a few days of rest he will return to training ahead of the trip to the Britannia.
Source: Clubcall
Mar 17 - 6:09 PM

Joel Ward had a monster fantasy day that included a goal to help Crystal Palace to an easy 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Ward could have had clean sheet points added to his impressive score in the Yahoo game were it not for a ridiculous 40 yard cannon by Matt Phillips late on. Regardless, investors will be pleased. Palace took command thanks to the pace of their wide midfielders as Yannick Bolasie would tee up two goals to Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur respectively by beating the young Darnell Furlong down the left and sending in crosses through the mouth of goal. Zaha would pick out Ward for the other goal, as he shook off defenders on the edge of the area to find him. Ward then sent a left footed wormburner that curled inside the far post at a snail's pace. The Eagles attack is buzzing right now, though Zaha and Jason Puncheon may spend the week in the physio room due to a collision with the post on the opening score.

Yaya Sanogo has been out since early February with a hamstring injury but will be available again to face London rivals QPR in Week 29.

With Glenn Murray returning from suspension and in form, it remains to be seen what role Sanogo has now that he's healthy again. Anyone considering the forward should probably think twice and wait until Sanogo's place in Alan Pardew's line-up becomes more clear. It is likely that Sanogo will generally be a reserve while receiving the occasion spot start.
Mar 13 - 1:48 PM

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct after elbowing West Ham's Diafra Sakho.

Jedinak caught Hammers striker Sakho with an elbow near the end of Palace's 3-1 victory on Saturday but the incident was missed by the referee. The FA charged the midfielder retrospectively and he has accepted the charge. The Eagles say they are awaiting details of Jedinak's punishment, but it is widely expected that he will face a four games ban as this is his second red card offence of the season.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 3 - 9:11 AM

Crystal Palace are facing a striker shortage for Week 28 as they look to keep up their fine form at Southampton.

Palace will be full of confidence having comfortably brushed West Ham aside but the Eagles are suffering from a striker shortage as Glenn Murray serves a one game ban joining injured trio Marouane Chamakh, Yaya Sanogo and Fraizer Campbell [all hamstring] on the sidelines. Dwight Gayle is likely to be the lone frontman in a 4-5-1 with Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie supporting but Shola Ameobi is available should Pardew prefer a 4-4-2 formation. Jordan Mutch [thigh] will miss out after limping off at the Boleyn Ground while his replacement James McArthur should retain his place. Mile Jedinak has until 6pm [GMT] on Tuesday to respond to an FA charge of violent conduct following his alleged elbow on Diafra Sakho.

Mile Jedinak has been charged by the FA for violent conduct for allegedly hitting Diafra Sakho last weekend.

The referee didn't see the incident but it was caught on camera and Jedinak was later charged by the FA. he has been given a four-match ban but he has the option to challenge the charge before 6 pm on Tuesday. Steer clear of Jedinak this week and be ready to find a replacement for four weeks if the charge stands. The ban is four matches instead of three because this would be his second red-card of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 3 - 12:32 AM

Crystal Palace won their third straight match on the road in convincing style as Glenn Murray played a key role in the 1-3 victory over West Ham United.

For the very few out there that had Murray playing for their fantasy teams, take a bow. Alan Pardew is king of the road right now, ringing in five changes and looking right on every call, especially the inclusion of Murray. After the game looked to be heading to half without a goal, Murray took a shot that went on target and was redirected by Aaron Cresswell who blocked Adrian's view and the ball trickled in. Scott Dann would put the Eagles up two when he headed in a Jason Puncheon corner at the far post early in the second half. Murray then sealed the points with a more convincing goal, timing a diving header off a Puncheon free kick for his brace. Palace's attacking options are looking better with each passing week, though Puncheon probably is more dependable for an uninterrupted run in the side than Murray is.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 28 - 9:57 AM

Marouane Chamakh is one of three Crystal Palace strikers currently sidelined because of a hamstring problem after Alan Pardew confirmed the Moroccan would be out for around two weeks.

Chamakh was injured during the build-up to last weekends’ game and missed the opportunity to face his former employers at Selhurst Park after a scan confirmed a grade one tear – a similar injury to the one suffered by team mate Yaya Sanogo – both players are expected to return for the Queens Park Rangers match in GW29. Glenn Murray and Dwight Gayle could lead the line at West Ham although Shola Ameobi is an option - Fraizer Campbell has been ruled out [for up to 6 weeks]. The Eagles will welcome back James McArthur for the trip to the Boleyn Ground while Pardew also confirmed captain Mile Jedinak had trained fully this week but a place in starting eleven is no gimme with Jordon Mutch impressing recently.
Feb 26 - 4:40 PM

Alan Pardew is likely to be without strike duo Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell when Palace travel to West Ham in the early kick-off as the pair struggle to overcome hamstring injuries.

Chamakh has struggled this season with muscular issues and felt a problem in the build-up to last weekends’ clash with Arsenal while Campbell was forced off during the derby defeat to the Gunners. Although the severity of the strains are not yet known it is believed Palace are already considering options without the strikers with Dwight Gayle, Glenn Murray and Shola Ameobi all potential replacements. The Eagles will also assess the fitness of loanee Yaya Sanogo who has missed the last two weeks because of a similar thigh complaint although he was ineligible in GW26 under the terms of his loan agreement.
Feb 26 - 6:41 AM

Glenn Murray scored one in stoppage time and had a second hit the post as Crystal Palace fell just short of reversing a 2-0 Arsenal lead.

A 2-0 result was always going to flatter Arsenal who managed to absorb a lot of pressure while failing to hit their best going forward. Alan Pardew's men nearly netted a great point but Glenn Murray's 94th minute header hit the post and into David Ospina's gut for the final significant act of the day.
Feb 21 - 12:00 PM

Alan Pardew will give Mile Jedinak every chance to prove his fitness to face Arsenal, but the Eagles skipper could fall a little short.

So Jedinak is a doubt, but James McArthur has recovered from a thigh injury and although he will make the squad a starting place is rated as "touch and go." Yaya Sanogo is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement but is struggling anyhow with a hamstring strain and Shola Ameobi "has a chance." Striking duties could fall to Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and Fraizer Campbell in a three prong attack - Jonny Williams [groin] suffered a slight setback in training on Thursday [the full extent of which is still not known].

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