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Christian Benteke stars as Crystal Palace beat Southampton

Crystal Palace comfortably beat Southampton 3-0 to give Alan Pardew a much needed win.
Crystal Palace comfortably beat Southampton 3-0 to give Alan Pardew a much needed win.
Alan Pardew feels Crystal Palace didn't deserve six straight defeats and the mounting criticism.
Birthday boy Christian Benteke discusses the importance of remaining positive during a difficult period for Palace.

Crystal Palace left the disappointment of the previous week's performance against Swansea behind by collecting a win after six defeats in a row and by keeping the first clean sheet of the season against a lacklustre Southampton team. It wasn't a classic but crucial wins often aren't.

Positives

The clean sheet was a worthy prize for a defensive performance that showed heart, commitment and solidarity. It was a team effort and while the performance packed quality it might just be enough to set the...

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Trending: Messi, Ronaldo, Griezmann up for award; Hasenhuttl to Arsenal

Real Madrid and Barcelona have always dominated the Ballon D'or, but who has won more in their history?

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

FIFA: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will resume their annual battle for glory after both were named on the three-man shortlist, alongside Antoine Griezmann, for FIFA's Best Men's Player award.

- Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri, Portugal's Fernando Santos and Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane are on the FIFA coach of the year award shortlist.

- Corinthians attacking midfielder Marlone, Daniuska Rodriguez and Mohd Faiz Subri are the three nominees for...

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Conte, Guardiola face off for the first time; Pardew in trouble at Palace?

Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley says a win over Man City can be another marker for Antonio Conte's in-form side.
Preview the Saturday fixtures in the Premier League, headlined by a fight for the top between Chelsea and Man City.
Get caught up on the Sunday Premier League matches, with Man United looking to stay in the hunt of the top four.
Don Hutchison breaks down the key tactical battles between table-topping Chelsea and Manchester City.
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and former Premier League defender Paul Parker discuss Man United's EFL Cup triumph over West Ham.

W2W4 previews the weekend's Premier League fixtures and highlights five key storylines.

New faces in burgeoning rivalry

Since the start of this decade, the two most constant Premier League forces have been Manchester City and Chelsea. Both have collected two titles apiece, Chelsea in 2009-10 and 2014-15, City in 2011-12 and 2013-14. 

This is not a historic rivalry, as both clubs only truly rose to prominence in the 21st century, both by virtue of heavy investment by foreign benefactors....

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Premier League summit showdown as Manchester City face leaders Chelsea

Franck Leboeuf says the outcome in Manchester City vs. Chelsea could be a turning point in the title race.
Franck Leboeuf says the outcome in Manchester City vs. Chelsea could be a turning point in the title race.

It's a massive match this Saturday as leaders Chelsea host third-placed Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. 

Antonio Conte's men have enjoyed a strong campaign so far while Pep Guardiola's men are just one point behind following a run of seven wins in a row. Liverpool, who travel to Bournemouth on Sunday, will be paying close attention to events at the Bridge as they could capitalise on any slip ups from either side.

Manchester United travel to Everton in desperate need of a victory having...

Crystal Palace's once-proud back line now struggling for confidence

With the worst record this calendar year, are Crystal Palace underperforming or have they been unlucky?
Crystal Palace have now lost six in a row and Alan Pardew is certainly feeling the pressure.
Swansea earned their first win of the season, and Craig Burley feels Alan Pardew may be sacked come Monday.

If there's an overriding lesson to be learned from Crystal Palace's defeat to Swansea, it's that even a team with quality players can be affected by a loss of confidence, and that reduced confidence can have a viciously recurring theme. As defeats have piled up, so has the pressure on the players tasked with turning that form around.

Palace's players repeatedly lost their focus last week, especially defensively but also in terms of doing the basics. While Wilfried Zaha put Palace in the lead...

Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace tenure under threat after dire Swansea loss

Swansea City outlasted Crystal Palace 5-4 in a wild back and forth goal-scoring frenzy.
Crystal Palace have now lost six in a row and Alan Pardew is certainly feeling the pressure.

Saturday's 5-4 loss at Swansea was exactly the kind of performance that sums up the problem that Crystal Palace have had for the last year -- all the quality that the club has is completely negated by an innate aversion to doing the simple things right.

While previously it was problems with the attack, now it's the defence with problems -- and this was shambolic.

Positives

The only real positive that Crystal Palace fans might be able to take from this is the performance of Wilfried Zaha, and the...