04 Jun 2018

TEB Writers’ World Cup Predictions

There is a World Cup soon, apparently, and the countdown to hosts Russia’s highly-anticipated curtain raiser against world-beaters Saudi Arabia is scarcely easing the unmitigated excitement. Every man and his dog loves a prediction. Here at TEB we are barely far removed from that strange pleasure of hopelessly attempting to

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10 Apr 2018

Five Things We Learnt From The Draw At Bournemouth

The weekend trip to the South Coast ended in a draw but it really should have been so much more. Here are the five things we learnt from the draw with the Cherries.  1. Roy Hodgson needs to make better use of his substitutions. The Palace boss failed to make

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02 Mar 2018

Did Palace And Southampton Confuse Their Summer Managerial Appointments?

Last summer seems a very long time ago. So long, in fact, that Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank de Boer were both highly regarded, sought after managers with growing reputations in football across Europe. It was a time when neither were viewed as sub-standard managerial fallacies, with one struggling to keep

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11 Feb 2018

Five Things TEB Learnt From The Defeat At Everton

A disappointing loss at Goodison Park but defeat can be a positive as long as the players, staff and fans learn something from it. Here’s what TEB learnt. 1. Mamadou Sakho is just as integral to this Palace side as Wilfried Zaha. The Palace back four is markedly better and

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30 Jan 2018

When Can We Properly Scrutinise VAR Without Being Told To ‘Give It Time’?

The Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) seemed a great idea a year ago. The latest in football’s conveyer belt of overdue technologies, poised to eradicate the biggest of refereeing errors. It appeared great. Finally, a system that will help officials differentiate between a foul that is either inside or outside

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20 Jan 2018

Nya Kirby Stars But Young Eagles Fall To Youth Cup Defeat

Nya Kirby starred but was unable to prevent Palace’s under-18 side exiting the FA Youth Cup at the hands of their Newcastle United counterparts. The performance of the 17-year-old seemed almost effortless at times. Kirby’s guile on the ball, movement and range of passing made him comfortably the best player

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20 Dec 2017

Hodgson’s Simplified Football, Excellent Man-Management And Calm Nature A Big Factor In Recent Success

There are not many clubs in world football who could lose their first four games without scoring, subsequently sack the manager that was only appointed just a few months before, then proceed in replacing him with what many perceive to be an underwhelming choice. The new boss then goes on

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13 Dec 2017

Weapon Allegations A Bleak Reminiscence Of Criminalisation of Football Supporters

“A return to the dark days of football,” claimed Sussex Police Chief Inspector Simon Nelson. A suggestion so wild and exaggerated, yet not to mention completely untrue, that links an innocent majority of Palace fans that travelled to the Amex Stadium two weeks ago to football’s hooligan problem of the

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05 Dec 2017

New Managers And A Busy Winter Schedule Into Full Swing

The Premier League entered the final month of the year with two new managers and off the back of a full round of midweek fixtures. Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew were announced as the new managers of Everton and West Bromwich Albion respectively, and the former got off to the

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28 Nov 2017

Super City Eight Points Clear While Bottom Half Remains Tight

Manchester City remain eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table but were forced to come from behind to earn their points against Huddersfield Town, while other clubs also piled on the pressure with victories over the weekend. The Citizens fell behind in first half added-time when

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