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Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Arsenal this weekend

Crystal Palace is going to face Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Saturday when the Eagles look to come back to winning ways against the buoyant Gunners of Mikel Arteta.

Date: Saturday 11 January​

​Kick-off time: 12:30 (GMT)

​Venue: ​Selhurst Park

​TV Channel/Live Stream: ​BT Sport 1 HD

​Referee: Paul Tierney​

In recent weeks, Roy Hodgson’s side failed to overcome Norwich and Southampton and only managed to win one of their last six Premier League fixtures before Derby County dumped them out of the FA Cup. In spite of a recent dip in form, Crystal Palace remain well-positioned in ninth place, one point ahead of Arsenal.

On the other hand, Arsenal have had an upturn in performances and results since Arteta’s arrival. Saturday’s visitors recorded back-to-back wins for just the fourth time this season when they dismantled MU before an inspired performance against Leeds United which earned them a spot in round four of the FA Cup.

While the Gunners look to make up ground on the top 4 places, Crystal Palace will be eager to avoid defeat because they aim to build on their impressive start to the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Team News

​Crystal Palace enter 2020 amongst an injury crisis, with more than 12 players in danger of missing Saturday’s match. Jeff Schlupp (groin), Joel Ward (knee), Andros Townsend (groin), Mamadou Sakho (thigh), Patrick van Aanholt (thigh), and Scott Dann (calf), all definitely out, but there might be returns for Wilfried Zaha, Max Meyer, Christian Benteke, Jairo Riedewald, and Victor Camarasa.

Meanwhile, Luka Milivojević is suspended due to a 64th minute red card in Crystal Palace 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat Derby County.

Arsenal will play without Calum Chambers after he was ruled out for the remainder of the league in the 2-1 home defeat Chelsea, meanwhile Kieran Tierney goes on his rehabilitation after a dislocated shoulder sustained against ​West Ham last December.

Héctor Bellerín has been struggling recently and remains a doubt for Arsenal’s trip to Selhurst Park with a hamstring injury.

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Liverpool plan to sign Real Madrid’s untouchable next year

Liverpool have plan of an audacious swoop for one of Real Madrid’s best players in the last few years, who is Zinedine Zidane‘s favorite.

After donning their prestigious FIFA Club World Cup badge for three years and over 1000 days on the trot, Real Madrid lost it to Liverpool. Inarguably now, the Reds are the world’s best team and most of it is down to Jurgen Klopp, who is reported by El Desmarque to be eyeing a huge transfer for one of Zinedine Zidane’s first names on the team list.

Casemiro has absolutely been pivotal for the Merengues at the heart of the midfield this season and his presence has led to their winning some crucial matches. The Brazil international has probably not even played any bad game this season, but when he was suspended against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, it is fair to say that he was missed at the back.

In the Premier League, Liverpool are 11 points ahead of Manchester City with a game in hand and are possibly running away with the title ahead of the Citizens, but Jurgen Klopp is not overconfident about the quality of his team and therefore, according to claims, he will look to move for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro in the upcoming months.

Klopp presently has Jordan Henderson to employ as a defensive midfielder but despite of playing really well of late, the England international has shown that he can be easily bullied off the ball by a player who is more physical than him. Additional, Henderson is not much of a threat going forward as is Casemiro who does occasionally chip in with the goods.

Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez will surely ask Liverpool to look at alternative options, but Casemiro has won every possible accolade with Real Madrid and it may not be surprising if he chooses to head to new beginnings in the upcoming years. Nevertheless, the Whites will slap an exorbitant price tag on him if anyone is interested.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic agrees to rejoin AC Milan ending talk of possible Premier League return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly agreed a deal to sign for AC Milan after rejecting the chance of a return to the Premier League.

The former Sweden international has been a free agent since his two-year spell with LA Galaxy came to an end, after netting a staggering 53 goals in 58 games for the MLS club.

Ibrahimovic had been linked with Tottenham before Jose Mourinho ruled out a move, and now the legendary forward’s future has been decided, according to the Telegraph.

He has allegedly penned a deal with Milan where he will stay until the end of the season aiming to fire the Rossoneri up the Serie A table.

Ibrahimovic began his first spell with Milan in 2010 after joining on loan from Barcelona. The move would eventually become a permanent one and he scored 56 times in 86 games.

In summer 2012, Ibrahimovic departed Italy for Paris Sain-Germain, later going on to play for Man United and then LA Galaxy.

Speaking last month, the 38-year-old insisted he could still have an impact at the highest level of the game.

“I know I could make the difference, both in Italy and in any other country,” he said. “I’d do better than the players who are there playing now.”

Last week, a statue dedicated to the forward was set on fire by Malmo fans following the news Zlatan had become co-owner of their rivals Hammarby.

In October, Ibrahimovic was honored with a 9ft statue, which was created by Swedish artist Peter Linde, outside the stadium of Malmo.

News that he has invested in their bitter rivals has not gone down well with fans of his first professional club and they made their feelings clear by pouring lighter fluid on the Zlatan statue last week and using flares to set it alight, having earlier hung a toilet seat from it.