Wan-Bissaka makes Palace vow

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is not looking to leave Crystal Palace this summer, despite speculation linking him with a move.

The England U21 international says he is flattered with speculation linking him with major clubs but insists he is staying at Selhurst Park.

Bayern Munich are rumoured to among the clubs monitoring his situation.

Wan-Bissaka – who was named Eagles Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season at their annual awards ceremony – is content with the contract he signed last summer, which keeps him at the club until 2022.

"The situation just shows that my performances don't go unnoticed," Wan-Bissaka told Evening Standard Sport.

"But I am with Crystal Palace at the moment. That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season.

"I have got three years left on my contract. It says I am going to be there, so that is all I can focus on now."

Palace have game against Cardiff and Bournemouth to complete their season and manager Roy Hodgson knows that speculation is inevitable.

"It's a fact of life," he said. "When you have players who do well, they're always going to be coveted by other clubs.

"We understand football works that way but the whole point for us is he signed a long-term contract with us and we signed him to be a long-term player with us.

"He's doing well here, he knows he's well appreciated here. I have no reason to fear he won't be continuing here."

Crystal Palace are 17/10 to win at Cardiff on Saturday. The Bluebirds are 6/4 to win while the draw is 12/5.

Benteke backed to hit form

Roy Hodgson is thrilled that much-maligned Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has finally managed to overcome his injury problems.

The Belgium international scored in last weekend's 3-2 victory at Arsenal, his first top-flight goal since he found the net in the 5-0 win against Leicester City 12 months ago.

Benteke is 21/10 to score at any time against Everton on Saturday while Palace are 10/1 to win the encounter 2-1.

Hodgson said: "He [Benteke] was good in the weeks leading up to that game [against Arsenal]. He had a couple of appearances coming on as sub [before starting against Manchester City] and obviously everyone has been rooting for him to get that goal because it is a long time for a forward not to get one.

"He has had all his injury problems to contend with so of course I am certain he is, like everyone else, delighted to get that monkey off his back and to now make certain he can go forward and finish the season as strongly as he showed he is capable of doing in these last two or three weeks."

However, former Liverpool and England boss Hodgson admits he may not be able to stop Wilfried Zaha leaving Palace this summer.

Zaha was quoted earlier this month as saying that he wanted to play Champions League football, which prompted Hodgson to insist the player was happy at Selhurst Park.

The Palace boss has now said: "The point is that no-one at the club has really got any interest in selling Wilf Zaha, so we're rather hoping that we won't get any offers. But I'm realistic and it would be a club issue.

"I don't have the power to veto any decisions of that nature."

Hodgson hopes Zaha will stay

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is confident that Wilfried Zaha will remain at Selhurst Park for several more years.

The Ivory Coast international was quoted at the weekend as saying that he was keen to play in the Champions League before going on to star in the Eagles' impressive 3-2 victory at Arsenal on Sunday.

Zaha signed a new contract eight months ago that does not expire until 2023 and Hodgson hopes the 26-year-old will remain at Selhurst Park for many years to come.

The former England and Liverpool boss said: "He's on a four-year contract, he's one of our highest-paid players and he's absolutely adored by the fans and everyone in south-east London.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm looking forward to working with him, not only in the near future, but to seeing him in the Palace shirt for many years to come.

"The question is how many players… would say: 'I don't want to play Champions League football'… he's our player and he's certainly happy. That wasn't the performance of a guy looking to get away from his club."

Meanwhile, Zaha has distanced himself from the comments, insisting: "To be honest the only thing I'm thinking about is Palace. I'm a Palace player right now and I don't know what the future holds for me."

Palace, who confirmed their top-flight status for another season by beating the Gunners, are 8/5 to win their next match against Everton on Saturday and 3/1 to emerge victorious by a one-goal margin.

Arsenal pay for defensive errors

Arsenal missed the chance to leapfrog Tottenham and go third in the Premier League after suffering defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

Roy Hodgson's side won 3-2 at the Emirates with all three of their goals contributed to by poor Arsenal defending.

Christian Benteke's last goal came almost exactly a year ago but he fired the Eagles in front, poor Arsenal marking allowing him a header which beat Bernd Leno.

Arsenal saw appeals for a penalty waved away towards the end of the first half when a cross appeared to be blocked by the hand of Aaron Wan-Bissaka but the referee wasn't convinced.

Unai Emery rang the changes at half-time, bringing on Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alex Iwobi and it paid dividends almost immediately, Iwobi getting involved, finding space and passing to Alexandre Lacazette who fed Mesut Ozil, the German beating Vicente Guaita at the near post.

That looked to be the goal to launch another three points for the home side but to the disbelief of the fans inside the Emirates it was Palace who struck back for a second just after the hour mark.

Again poor Arsenal defending was a contributory factor, Palace getting a free kick which was nodded on by Benteke, it should have been dealt with by Shkodran Mustafi but he left it for his keeper and in the confusion Wilfried Zaha nipped in to get the ball past Leno and into the net.

Palace increased their lead on 69 minutes and it was another set-piece which caused problems in the Gunners box, Luka Milivojevic sending in a free-kick which was nodded on by Scott Dann and James McArthur headed in from close range.

The Gunners did reduce the deficit, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang going past two defenders, Joel Ward tried to clear but the ball fell back to the striker and he found the corner of the net.

However, Arsenal couldn't find an equaliser and therefore miss the chance to put distance between themselves and rivals in the race for a top four finish.

The Gunners stay fourth but they are ahead of Chelsea only on goal difference with Manchester United two points behind in sixth.

Emery's side are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Wolves and are 6/4 for the win with the home side 7/4 and the draw 23/10.

Arsenal are 10/11 to secure a place in the top four with Manchester United 5/1.

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Hodgson plans to silence Gunners

Roy Hodgson hopes Arsenal will be thinking about their Europa League games against Valencia when Crystal Palace play the Gunners on Sunday.

Unai Emery's team enjoyed an excellent victory against Napoli in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and remain well-placed in the battle to clinch a top-four spot in the Premier League.

Hodgson said: "Arsenal present, like Manchester City last weekend, a very difficult problem for you in the sense that they are very, very good and have some very, very good players. They themselves are in excellent form.

"We can be happy with three of our last four away games resulting in victories, that's tremendous. But it certainly doesn't lead me to believe it will make things any easier to go to the Emirates and play Arsenal on Sunday.

"(I am) looking forward to the game and congratulations to Arsenal on beating Napoli home and away in two excellent performances and hoping, I suppose, their performance against us won't be of that high of a level.

"I think Unai Emery must be very, very pleased with the way things have gone there for him. He has been able to mould a team, play the football that I guess he wants his team to play and it has been very successful football."

Crystal Palace are 5/1 to beat Arsenal on Sunday.

Injury ends Tomkins’ season

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has announced that James Tomkins will miss the rest of the Premier League season because of a groin injury.

The former West Ham United defender picked up the injury in the second half of the 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park last weekend.

"We lost James Tomkins in the game against Newcastle. He has been operated on, so he will miss the remainder of the season which is a major blow, coming on top of Mamadou Sakho's injury five or six games ago," Hodgson said ahead of Sunday's game against Manchester City at Selhurst Park, which the Eagles are 10/1 to win.

"Those two [Tomkins and Sakho] have been such important pillars in the centre of our defence and helped us get where we are," said former England and LIverpool manager Hodgson.

"It is a big ask for Scott [Dann] and Martin [Kelly]. They're going to have to step into some quite big shoes but I am confident that they can do that and they will get their first chance on Sunday."

Palace secured a shock 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium in December and are 66/1 to repeat that scoreline on home soil while Pep Guardiola's team are available at 8/15 to win the Premier League title this season.

Hodgson warns against let-up

Crystal Palace head coach Roy Hodgson says he and his players will take nothing for granted until Premier League survival is assured for yet another season.

The Eagles head to Tyneside on Saturday to take on a Newcastle United outfit who are one point and one place worse off than their visitors, with both sides one more win away from almost certainly ensuring their top-flight status.

However, Hodgson has warned his players not to show any let-up in effort, especially against a Magpies side who have won their last five home league games.

He told reporters: "It is a fact of life that staying in the Premier League is the goal.

"We know it will be a fight to achieve it, we aren't taking anything for granted. We are fighting for every point.

"We realise we need more points and we also realise we are going to be coming up against strong teams. But we (also) know on the days when we produce our best football we are a match for any team.

"We will be entering our seventh successive season in the Premier League if we achieve our goal – it's an impressive achievement."

Earlier this season the meeting of the two sides at Selhurst Park ended in a goalless draw, while the clash at St James' Park last season finished 1-0 to the hosts.

A draw on Saturday afternoon is priced at 9/4, with a 1-1 final scoreline available at 11/2, while another 1-0 win for Newcastle is a 7/1 shot.

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Slow start baffles Hodgson

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was pleased with his side's second-half display against Huddersfield but admitted things had looked bleak at the interval.

After a goalless first period, the Eagles eventually won the match 2-0, a result that consigned the Terriers to relegation and brought their two-year stay in the Premier League to an end.

Palace spurned a host of chances during the game and Hodgson admitted afterwards that his players would be given plenty of shooting practice before their next match against Tottenham, which they are 13/2 to win.

He said: "It was hard to recognise the team in the first half – we weren't sharp enough, we weren't quick enough to the ball, we made passing errors.

"At half time, things were looking bleak. So I must give our team an awful lot of credit for the way they came out in the second half. We made a couple of slight adjustments and in the second half we were much more like ourselves.

"Luckily, I can laugh the misses off, as we got two goals to win the game. I'm hoping that if we create have as many chances against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night, we won't miss them."

Palace can be backed at 15/2 to beat Tottenham by a one-goal margin on Wednesday.

Zaha on course to face Town

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is optimistic that Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha will be able to feature in Saturday's game against Huddersfield Town.

Both players were able to train on Friday after withdrawing from international duty earlier this month – Wan-Bissaka from England Under-21s while Zaha sat out Ivory Coast's games against Rwanda and Liberia.

Hodgson said: "They've both been nursing injuries. However, they were out in training this morning, so if nothing happens in terms of reaction overnight, I'm hoping they will be fit to play but it is touch and go."

Bakary Sako has returned to training this week so the only player currently in the treatment room is long-term injury victim Mamadou Sakho.

Meanwhile, Hodgson is desperate to enjoy some success at Selhurst Park where his side have only won three of their 15 home top-flight games this season.

The former England and Liverpool manager added: "It's very important because it's one of four home games and we haven't got enough points yet to ensure we're safe from relegation.

“Home games are the games one is normally expected to do well in. We still don't think winning away is our best chance at getting points, our best chance is at home because our fans give us such an advantage."

Huddersfield conceded three goals in the last 15 minutes in their last game a fortnight ago – a 4-3 defeat at West Ham United. The Terriers, who could be relegated this weekend, are 8/1 to beat Crystal Palace while Zaha is 9/2 to be the first goalscorer in Saturday's encounter.

Hodgson relishing crunch clash

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says Saturday's match against Brighton is more important to the club's fans than a visit from Manchester United.

The veteran former England and Liverpool manager is also aware of his club's poor form at Selhurst Park this season and is determined to do something about that dismal record this weekend.

Only rock-bottom Huddersfield Town have a worse home record than the Eagles, who have only won three of their 14 fixtures at Selhurst Park, scoring just 10 goals.

In contrast they have won six away games and found the net 25 times in the process.

Hodgson said: "It's a derby game. That's how we and our supporters regard it. I think that rivalry was fiercest years ago but it was renewed last year when Brighton came up and are doing very, very well.

"I suppose that people from the outside need to realise that we regard this as a very, very important fixture and one which means a lot to our fans. You're affected by it, the way the fans feel, that's what derbies do.

"There is no magic formula to winning a game just because it happens to be a derby that you think is more important.

"For us it's a big game, it's one of the nine big games we have remaining. We do realise the importance of the occasion and to a lot of supporters, this means more than even a game against Man United."

Palace are 5/6 to beat Brighton and 6/5 to keep a clean sheet against the Seagulls.