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 By Jim Daly

Crystal Palace reminded of Premier League realities in Sunderland loss

Jermain Defoe earns Sunderland first away league win of season at Crystal Palace.

The problem with the Premier League is this: because fans are fed the line that it's the greatest league in the world, and staying in it at all costs is the be all and end all, it means every win and every defeat are taken as hyperbolic extremes.

After the win at Liverpool last week some Palace fans were already booking time off work next July for the Eagles' certain Europa League campaign, but after Monday night's home defeat to Sunderland plenty seem to be ready to visit the likes Preston and...

 By Jim Daly

Crystal Palace enjoying their glory days in the Premier League

Crystal Palace are in search of their third win at home as they look to avenge a loss to Sunderland in their last meeting.

An acquaintance of mine is a middle-aged fan of Charlton Athletic. In 2004, when the Addicks were enjoying regular midtable finishes in the Premier League, his then-10-year-old son asked him about the club's glory days. "Son, these are the glory days," his father replied.

By 2009, Charlton were in the third tier of English football and struggling financially. Their fall from grace is something of a lesson to Crystal Palace fans, a reminder to enjoy the moment and be reasonable with expectations....

 By Jim Daly

Roy Hodgson's England won't be able to ignore Wilfried Zaha for much longer

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha isn't in the form of his life, but is he any less deserving than some of England's current fringe internationals?

Only a few years ago, the international break was a chance for Crystal Palace fans to switch off from their beloved Eagles for a fortnight and think about something else -- but not anymore. With Palace doing so well in the Premier League and the squad arguably the strongest it's ever been, there are plenty of players who head off to represent their countries, be it in qualifiers or friendlies.

There are currently 13 internationals in the Palace squad, representing the likes of France, Wales,...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League atmosphere on the wane with ticket prices a concern

Newcastle United fans have had little to cheer about this season.

As part of ESPN FC's look into changing crowd behaviour in the Premier League, we asked our match-going bloggers about their home ground's atmosphere. Is it on the wane? How could things improve?

Click here for a full breakdown on all 20 clubs and whether they believe their club needs to raise its game.

David Mooney, Manchester City

The atmosphere at the Etihad can be terrible -- it's nothing like it was at Maine Road.

What needs to be done is anyone's guess -- grouping vocal fans together and...

 By Alex Shaw

Anfield atmosphere among worst in Premier League as fans give verdicts

The ESPN FC crew discuss fans leaving early in matches and our match-goers believe the Premier League can improve.

What's it really like to attend a Premier League match? Many watch from afar and don't know, so we polled our ESPN FC match-going bloggers -- the guys in the stands week in, week out -- to find out how they rate the atmosphere and experience.

They didn't hold back. Not surprisingly, our Arsenal blogger considered the Emirates too corporate while our Liverpool blogger didn't hold back when asked about the atmosphere at Anfield.


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Here are the results of our informal poll ...

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 By Jim Daly

Crystal Palace investment talk has fans split on Josh Harris' interest

The ESPN FC crew debate whether fans are leaving matches too early in the Premier League.

The international break is usually a chance for Crystal Palace fans to switch off for a week or so and concentrate on something else. Especially as there are, yet again, no Palace representatives in Roy Hodgson's England squad.

However, there has been a big development this week that has, on one hand, got some fans excited. Others, though, are very worried about the future of the club. Reports claim the Palace are about to accept investment from America in return for shares.

The reported investors...