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Jose Mourinho must bounce back after Chelsea woe, winless City at WBA

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains why Jose Mourinho may have lost some confidence after the first month of the season.

Manchester United need to bounce back from last Sunday's 4-0 embarrassment at Chelsea when Burnley come to Old Trafford this Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's men managed to get back on track after beating Manchester City in the EFL Cup in midweek but they have won just once in the league since Aug. 27.

City, meanwhile, are in trouble. Pep Guardiola travels to West Brom having not won in six matches. Elsewhere, last season's two title rivals Leicester and Tottenham face each other, Sunderland host Arsenal...

Pardew, Crystal Palace need to stop the bleeding

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew reacts after James Tomkins missed a chance to score 

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After back to back defeats, the pressure is starting to mount on Alan Pardew and his new style of play.

Alan Pardew is a manager haunted by his past. Whether it's the long-term difficulty he faced at Newcastle United, or the more recent form at Palace, it creeps up on him whenever there's a sign of something going wrong.

The problem that he faces is multifaceted -- a mixture of mistrust, a lack of accountability and a record for streaks of poor performances. It happened at Newcastle, and it's happening again at Crystal Palace.

Pardew laboured in the North East under an owner intent on selling the...

Crystal Palace's defence and attack struggle in defeat to Leicester

Champions Leicester City brushed aside a timid Crystal Palace side to remain unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season.

With a 3-1 scoreline that flattered Leicester City a little, Crystal Palace faltered again thanks in part to wastefulness in front of goal and a porous defence. While the first and last 20 minutes of the encounter saw Palace push for goals, chances weren't taken while the Premier League champions were ruthless with theirs.


Palace started well, which had been a concern following the West Ham defeat, thanks mainly to Wilfried Zaha being a creative force on the wing for Palace. Yohan Cabaye...

Crystal Palace need to strike better balance in attack vs. Leicester

Christian Benteke doesn't quite fit this Palace team yet but Alan Pardew needs to involve him more vs. Leicester.

Crystal Palace have been suffering recently from an inability to start matches in a convincing fashion and whether it's a case of failing to take chances or failing to create them, Alan Pardew's side have laboured through the opening halves of ties. Half-time typically sees a change in style and approach. It doesn't always take a substitution, but there is usually a marked improvement from the players. Against Sunderland and Everton, these changes resulted in Palace fighting their way back to...

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Jose Mourinho returns to face Chelsea, Manchester City's Southampton test

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop tries his hand at Premier League predictor, but does he expect a stalemate at the Bridge?

Jose Mourinho returns to former club Chelsea with Manchester United on Sunday having struggled to break down Liverpool in the 0-0 draw at Anfield, but seeing his side score four against Feyenoord.

Arsenal are flying high after their demolition of Ludogorets, which was their seventh win in a row in all competitions, and will hope add to that streak against struggling Middlesbrough, while leaders Manchester City take on Southampton hoping to get back on track after their humbling at Barcelona.


Christian Benteke and Crystal Palace pay the penalty in West Ham loss

Christian Benteke missed a penalty as Crystal Palace slipped to defeat against West Ham.

Another week and another slow start from Crystal Palace, resulting in West Ham taking an insurmountable 1-0 lead on Saturday evening. Palace did have chances to level, but they were either missed or just didn't fall for them. Christian Benteke's penalty miss just before half time didn't help the side either.

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Palace created chances, thanks in part to Jason Puncheon's performance. The Eagles nearly scored a late equaliser and it arguably would have been deserved, but the team can't keep...