STATS Don't Lie - Crystal Palace are Likely to Go Down

Written by Robert Sutherland

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Want further confirmation that the odds are stacked against Crystal Palace in this relegation fight? How about these stats from STATS, the owners of ProZone (used by professional clubs to gauge player performance and more) which underline just how bleak Palace's situation is. 

Palace are, according to the data, 70% likely to be relegated. The data, compiled using the STATS Football Analytics Engine, aggregates results to calculate the outcome and exact score probabilities for the remaining 12 games of the season, plotting the final league position of each of the 20 Premier League clubs.

The Eagles are predicted to finish 19th, taking the previous 36 results of the season into account in order to predict the next 12. 

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Patrick Lucey, Director of Data Science at STATS, says that the conclusion wasn't just reached by averaging results out.

“Utilizing our depth of player tracking and match data, the STATS Football Analytics Engine simulates each fixture 500 times based on factors such as playing styles, goal threat as well as a team’s reaction to conceding," he said.

"It’s the understanding of these factors that means better informed team and player decisions, maximizing performance”.

Here's hoping that Palace can somehow beat the system -- by beating some opponents along the way. 

Clinton Morrison picks his all-time team-mate XI - and there are some Palace players in it

Written by FYP Fanzine

Everone still loves Clinton Morrison.

Even though he left for Birmingham with Steve Bruce in 2002, Palace got Andy Johnson in return so that worked out for everyone.

And when Clinton returned in 2007 he continued to bang the goals in the Palace and broke the 100-goal mark so all was forgiven.

And the former Eagles striker, who scored 112 goals in 305 games for the club, appeared on Sky Sports' Fantasy Football to pick his all-time XI.

Team-mates from Birmingham City and the Ireland national team - who he travlled to the 2002 World Cup with - also featured, but there were a few familiar Palace names in there.

Click on this link to see who Clinton picks in his all-time XI of team-mates.

While on the show picking his team, he offerd up some great stories about team-mates including giving Bruce Dyer jip in the CPFC training ground as a youngster.

He also recounted being driven to training by Eagles legend Attilio Lombardo, which you can watch below...

 

How Palace could do with a goalscorer of his quality now, eh? 


Brede Hangeland reveals Pardew made him scout his own replacement at Palace - and he chose James Tomkins

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Palace didn't exactly see Brede Hangeland's best days at the club but he was always a popular, friendly figure and left with the best wishes of all the fans.

But today he revealed that when he told Alan Pardew he was retiring from football the former Eagles boss made him scout his own replacement at centre-back.

And he chose James Tomkins. The West Ham defender promptly signed for Palace for £10m this summer.

Speaking to Norwegian radio show 'Heia Fotbal' Hangeland was asked about Pardew.

"Everyones seen him dancing in the FA-cup final and not all the players were happy with that but he was a cool guy," he said.

"He was more interested in attack than defense though for sure. After I told him my body was more or less done and that I was retiring he sent me across the country and wanted me to scout my own replacement.

"After scouting you have to write reports and then he decided if he wanted to go forward with this. Pardew told me I knew more about being a CB than most in the premier league. I ended up recommending Tomkins."

Tomkins signed for Palace last summer for £10m and has looked fairly decent in the games he's played so far, so we have Brede to thank for that!

He was also asked about playing with Emmanuel Adebayor and came up with a couple of pretty incredible stories.

He said: "I played for Fulham and he played for Spurs. We were attacking and I was marking Adebayor in the midfield, suddenly he says 'ahhh, I'm hungry'. I replied 'what?'. 'I can't wait for the game to finish, I'm so hungry. Do you know a good restaurant in London?'.

He added: "Later when he came to Palace I started to realized where this came from. When we had strength workouts he would sit in the gym with just a cup of coffee and a muffin. He was being paid by City, Tottenham and Palace at the same time, and he was sitting in the gym drinking coffee. Incredible natural talent, very lazy."

Crazy.


Did Patrice Evra just drop a hint he's joining Crystal Palace?

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Palace need a left-back. Everyone knows this.

So it's no surprise that the Eagles have been linked with a number of them since the January transfer window opened. 

There are strong rumours that Leicester's wing-back Jeffrey Schlupp is on the verge of joining, and had a mediacal at Palace's training ground on Friday morning.

They have also been linked with Sunderland's Patrick van Aarnholt but it's rumour of a deal for Juventus and France left-back Patrice Evra that is really getting Eagles fans excited.

Even at 35, the former Manchester United star would be a great addition to Sam Allardyce's squad...and the Frenchman dropped a big hint that he could be about to move clubs today on Instagram.

He posted a picture of himself diving underwater with the comment "Deep Moment!!! But I love this game jahahahaahhaah #life #future #decisions #honesty #god"

 

 

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Reports in France have claimed he is already in talks with Palace over a move and it seems he is seriously considering it.

His advancing years are obviously a concern - hardly any Premier League teams have full-backs over the age of 30 these days due to the physical demands of playing that role. But it's been obvious for a while that Palace need an upgrade on Joel Ward and Martin Kelly. First choice left-back Pape Soaure continues to recover from a broken pelvis sustained in a car accident and there are rumours he could never play again.

Even so, Evra played at the very top and his signing would be seen as a huge boost for the club, although some fans could argue it would fall more into the catgory of "marquee signing" like Cabaye and Benteke. Allardyce hasn't traditionally made big name signings at clubs, preferring to sign players he has worked with before who are reliable if somewhat underwhelming.

Eitherway, the links to various left-backs are good news for Palace.

Would Evra be the left-back Palace need? Comment below!