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  1. Crystal Palace v Man Utd: Who makes your Eagles side?published at 09:34 21 May

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    Patrick Vieira has enjoyed a fine first season in Premier League management and could seal it by damaging Manchester United's hopes of qualifying for the Europa League.

    Who should he pick for his final team of the season? Are you backing Conor Gallagher to sign off at Selhurst Park with another stellar performance?

    And who plays up front in your Eagles side?

    It's time to pick your Crystal Palace starting XI

  2. Lawro's predictions: Crystal Palace v Man Utdpublished at 17:52 20 May

    After more than 20 years, legendary BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson is making his final set of Premier League predictions this weekend.

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    Lawro's prediction: 0-2

    Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will be at Selhurst Park to watch this game and his presence could bring a reaction from the United players. Something has to.

    Crystal Palace have had an excellent season, and the way they play is like a breath of fresh air but, with Ten Hag in the stands, you know United cannot just let their campaign peter out.

    The United players are already playing for their places next season. I think we will see a very different side of them compared to the one that lost 4-0 to Brighton.

    Find out how Lawro thinks the rest of the weekend's Premier League fixtures will go

  3. Crystal Palace v Man Utd: Team newspublished at 16:57 20 May

    Marc Guehi & Cristiano RonaldoImage source, Getty Images

    Crystal Palace could be without centre-back Marc Guehi, who looked to have picked up an ankle injury against Everton on Thursday despite completing 90 minutes.

    Nathan Ferguson and Michael Olise remain sidelined.

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick will take charge of his final match, with successor Erik ten Hag set to watch from the stands.

    Paul Pogba is still sidelined by a calf issue while Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones are doubtful with unspecified injuries.

    Luke Shaw's availability is uncertain after he missed training following the birth of his second child.

    Rangnick said on Friday that "quite a few players" would definitely be absent at Selhurst Park but added that "I don't want to name all those names right now".

    Choose your Palace XI

    Who makes your United line-up?

  4. Vieira relishing taking on Man Utdpublished at 15:40 20 May

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    Patrick Vieira is relishing the opportunity to take on "one of the best teams in this country" when Crystal Palace face Manchester United in their last game of the season on Sunday.

    Thursday's defeat at Everton means the Eagles cannot now set a club record for the most points achieved in a Premier League campaign, but could secure a top-half finish with victory over United.

    “I think it’s good for us to play the last game at home against one of the best teams – Manchester United - and everything they represent,” said Vieira.

    “We will want to give a really good performance. I think our fans deserve that and this is what we will try to do.

    “It’s been a really, really challenging season for United, but it’s never easy to play them.

    "When you look at the quality that they have in the squad, we need a big performance to get something from the game.”

    Vieira said his task was to "find the right words to lift the players to allow ourselves to compete against United" after Thursday's loss at Goodison Park.

  5. Crystal Palace v Man Utd: Head-to-head recordpublished at 10:59 20 May

    Crystal Palace v Manchester United head-to-head stats - 25 Premier League games. Wins. Crystal Palace two, United 18. Goals: Crystal Palace 13, United 45. Clean sheets: Crystal palace four, United 17
    • Crystal Palace have never won in 12 Premier League home games against Manchester United (D4 L8), the most one team has faced another at home without ever winning in the competition.

    • No side has won their final game of a Premier League season more often than Manchester United (20, level with Arsenal), while the Red Devils are unbeaten in their past 11 when ending the season away from home (W8 D3 since a 3-1 loss at Spurs in 2000-01).

    • The Eagles have never lost when playing their final game of a top-flight season at home, winning six and drawing three of their nine games dating back to 1969-70.

    • Whatever the result, Manchester United will finish the season with their lowest points tally in Premier League history. They’ve lost their past five away league games, and defeat by two or more goals here would see them finish the season with a negative goal difference for the first time since 1989-90 (-1).

  6. Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace: Pick of the statspublished at 07:59 20 May

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    • Everton will start next season as a top-flight club for a 69th consecutive campaign, with only Arsenal currently on a longer run of consecutive seasons in the English top-flight (97 from next season).

    • This is the first time that Crystal Palace have been beaten in the Premier League despite leading by 2+ goals at half-time, going on to win in 21 of the 22 previous instances (D1).

    • The Toffees won a Premier League match in which they trailed by 2+ goals at half-time for the first time, at the 75th attempt (D5 L69).

    • The Eagles have scored nine goals against Everton this season in all competitions, the most goals they’ve scored against an opponent in a single season since also putting nine past Sheffield Wednesday in 2001-02.

  7. Everton's second-half fightback sees off Palacepublished at 07:20 20 May

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores for EvertonImage source, Reuters

    Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport at Goodison Park

    Frank Lampard described this game as "all or nothing" given Everton's wretched away record, which has seen them win once on the road since August.

    And, despite a poor showing in the first period, they somehow managed another second-half turnaround, which has been crucial in keeping them in the Premier League.

    Lampard may well question why his side have to play poorly to find the inspiration but, boosted by a support which has had a massive role in their survival, they turned the game around against a Crystal Palace side which had beaten them twice already this season.

    Patrick Vieira's visitors were able to enjoy plenty of possession and control the game in the first half. When Jordan Ayew scored Palace's second, it silenced the crowd and they must have felt like relegation was staring them in the face.

    But after the introduction of Dele Alli at the break and a move to a more attacking formation, Everton pulled off an incredible fightback to secure their safety.

    The party started at the final whistle, with thousands of fans flooding onto the pitch, letting off more smoke flares, saluting their team and manager Lampard.

    But he and the club will hope they will never have to cope with a similar scare again given lavish spending on players and a move to a new stadium in 2024.

  8. Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace: Vieira reactionpublished at 22:59 19 May

    Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira said: "Disappointed as in the first half we played some really good football and controlled the tempo of the game and tactically. We came into the second half with confidence but did not respect the game as much as in the first half.

    "Slowly they started to get into the game. The first goal woke up the crowd and it became difficult for us. The game went into a fight and we could not cope with it.

    "We lost control. Tactically and technically we could not keep the ball or move it quickly enough. It became difficult to create chances. We didn't score the third and they come back. We need to play with more maturity. But that is what we need to do to become a better team.

    "In the final game we want to finish on a high. The fans at home have been really good to us and being behind the team. We have to give them what they deserve with a really good performance."

  9. Confirmed team news: Everton v Crystal Palacepublished at 18:55 19 May

    Everton boss Frank Lampard makes one change to the side which lost at Brentford, with Michael Keane coming into replace the suspended Jarrad Branthwaite after he was sent off on Sunday.

    Ben Godfrey is on the bench.

    Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Mykolenko, Iwobi, Doucoure, Gomes, Gordon, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

    Subs: Begovic, Kenny, Godfrey, Allan, Davies, Van de Beek, Alli, Gray Welch

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    Crystal Palace make three changes after drawing with Aston Villa last Sunday.

    Out go Conor Gallagher, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Luka Milivojevic to be replaced by Jeffrey Schlupp, Will Hughes and Jordan Ayew.

    Everton fans might be grateful that Gallagher is among the substitutes.

    Crystal Palace XI: Butland, Clyne, Anderson, Guehi, Mitchell, Hughes, Schlupp, Ayew, Eze, Mateta, Zaha

    Subs: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Kouyaté, Milivojevic, Édouard, Gallagher, Rak-Sakyi, Benteke

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  10. Lawro's prediction: Everton v Crystal Palacepublished at 16:00 19 May

    LawroImage source, BBC Sport

    After making a mess of things last time out against Brentford, Everton will be desperate for the win that would ensure they stay up. If they are still in danger on the last day of the season, then it could get messy for them.

    Crystal Palace carry a real attacking threat so Everton will have to be careful - and keep 11 men on the pitch this time.

    But I'm expecting another fantastic atmosphere at Goodison Park and the fans will help them get over the line - just about.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-0

  11. Everton v Crystal Palace: Team newspublished at 15:24 19 May

    Everton's Ben Godfrey and Palace's Conor Gallagher

    Everton defenders Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey have recovered from illness and injury respectively, while Donny van de Beek could feature for the first time since 13 March.

    Fabian Delph and Yerry Mina remain out and Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon are both suspended.

    Crystal Palace have the same squad available from their draw at Aston Villa.

    Michael Olise, James McArthur, Nathan Ferguson and James Tomkins are all still sidelined.

    Is Godfrey in your Toffees XI?

    Would you name an unchanged side to face Everton?

  12. Fantasy 606: The final gameweek of the seasonpublished at 14:00 19 May

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    The penultimate episode of the season and it's crunch time for fantasy football managers.

    Cups, title and bragging rights are all on the line for the final gameweek.

    Can Ali overtake Statman Dave and claim the trophy for the third year in a row?

    Or will Fantasy 606 be crowning a new champion?

    Listen to the podcast on BBC Sounds

  13. This week's live football commentariespublished at 16:44 18 May

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    It's another busy week of Premier League action on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, with commentaries of key games as the title race and relegation battle reach their conclusion.

    Thursday, 19 May

    • Everton v Crystal Palace (19:45)

    • Chelsea v Leicester (20:00, Sports Extra)

    Sunday, 22 May

    • Man City v Aston Villa (16:00)

    • Liverpool v Wolves (16:00, Sports Extra)

    All times BST

  14. 'Top-half finish can be target for us'published at 16:01 18 May

    Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira.Image source, Getty Images

    Crystal Palace should use the prestige of a top-half finish and a club record Premier League points tally as their motivation for the final two games of the season, says boss Patrick Vieira.

    The Eagles are 13th going into Thursday's trip to Everton, but know victories there and at home to Manchester United on the final day would virtually guarantee at least 10th place.

    Two wins would also take Palace to 51 points, surpassing their previous highest tally of 49 for a 38-game top-flight season, achieved in 2018-19.

    "It is a challenge and there is a possibility to go over the 49 points, that can be a target for us," Vieira said.

    "When you get to the end of the season you are in a comfortable zone. The challenge for us is to keep competing until the last game.

    "I was really pleased with the attitude against Aston Villa - we competed well and we fought well, and we played good football at times. That made me happy."

    Palace could already be assured of a top-half spot had they turned a couple of a joint-division-high 15 draws into wins.

    "We are where we are. We have had this number of draws as we have conceded too late and didn’t do enough to win the games," Vieira added.

  15. Vieira on Kouyate, injuries, top-half chances and Evertonpublished at 15:22 18 May

    Patrick Vieira has been speaking to the media before Crystal Palace's game against Everton on Thursday.

    Here are the key lines from his news conference:

    • The Palace boss confirmed he would have an "in-house conversation" with Cheikhou Kouyate after the midfielder appeared to show support on social media for Senegal team-mate Idrissa Gueye's refusal to play for Paris St-Germain in a rainbow match supporting LGBTQ+ rights.

    • Vieira praised Blackpool teenager Jake Daniels' "courage" for coming out as gay and said the "support that he received from football and society in general has been really positive".

    • He said that the possibility of a top-half finish "can be a target for us" and was pleased with the performance in the weekend draw at Aston Villa.

    • Vieira confirmed James McArthur, Nathan Ferguson, James Tomkins and Michael Olise will all miss the trip to Everton.

    • The Eagles boss described the atmosphere as "unbelievable" for Everton's past two home games.

    • He added that Palace have the Premier League's joint-highest number of draws this season (15) because they have "conceded too late" in some games and didn't do enough to win them.

    Follow all of Wednesday's manager news conferences here

  16. Your views: 'We don't score enough goals'published at 11:33 18 May

    Cheikhou KouyateImage source, Getty Images

    Alex from the Five Year Plan podcast, external (12:32, 17 May below) was praising Cheikhou Kouyate as crucial to Patrick Vieira's system.

    We asked for your thoughts on Palace's midfield and what you would like to see in the summer.

    Here is a sample of your views:

    Chris: The reason we don't score goals is the formation. Roy Hodgson played 5-4-1 and Patrick Vieira plays 4-5-1. He may dress the formation as more attacking - but it isn't. I look forward to seeing two strikers playing together but doubt I will, as not losing a match is so important.

    Gordon: Cheikhou Kouyate is poor sometimes and gives the ball away too easily with bad passes. I know Vieira likes him, but at times he is a liability. AS a Palace fan, I would prefer someone more reliable in his place.

    Max: The most important thing is for the club to keep Conor Gallagher - whatever the cost - unless there is a player at the academy that can step up.