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MANCHESTER, England -- A trio of observations on Manchester City's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.
1. Make no mistake, the title race is very much on
David Silva rose above everyone else and Manchester City have suddenly risen level with Chelsea at the top of the table courtesy of this win over Crystal Palace.
That may just be for the time being, given that Jose Mourinho's side have a game in hand against Stoke City on Monday, but it is also strikingly quick how City...
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has ordered Geordie boy Steven Taylor not to allow the derby atmosphere to get to him as he plots victory over Sunderland.
The Magpies head into Sunday's pre-Christmas showdown at St James' Park desperately looking to avoid a fourth successive defeat at the hands of their arch-rivals and intent on righting the wrongs of back-to-back 3-0 home defeats at the hands of the Black Cats with a victory.
Pardew's current squad, despite its cosmopolitan nature, has the most sizeable...
Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic looks like he is starting to finally settle into English football after manager Brendan Rodgers urged him to be more aggressive.
That advice backfired when he was sent off just 15 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the club's Champions League exit against Basle last week after flailing an arm into an opponent's face.
However, employed on the left-hand side of a midfield four, requiring more defensive effort than he is used to, against Bournemouth on Wednesday...
Striker Roberto Soldado has thanked Tottenham fans for their support and says he is "ashamed" of his performances for the club so far.
Soldado, 29, has netted only seven goals in 38 Premier League appearances -- four from the penalty spot -- since joining the club from Valencia ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.
The Spaniard is not happy with his start to life in England, but says he will do his upmost to turn things around.
"From the first minute I'm involved, even before I've done anything, the fans...