Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has called on chairman Steve Parish to ensure that winger Wilfried Zaha stays at the club, amid reports linking him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur. The Ivory Coast international was subject to a £12m offer from the north London club last summer and that interest could be reignited at the end of the campaign. Amid a troubling season, Zaha has been among Palace's most consistent performers and was particularly threatening during the 1-0 win over Watford on Saturday [18 March].
Though 10 matches is plenty of time for a slide in form to dip another side into the drop zone, five teams look set to duke it out for two safe spots in the Premier League. There are varying degrees of desperation in the bunch at this point. Sunderland is seven points shy of safety and cannot handle many more losses, while Northeast neighbor Middlesbrough is also multiple results from safety. Hull City is three points back of 16th place Swansea City, while Crystal Palace is four points above the drop. You can see why Boro made a managerial change with a massive April on the way which includes two six-pointers in four days, both on the road. Those days could swing the drop zone race altogether,
Joe Ledley could miss Wales's World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland if his pregnant wife Ruby gives birth to the couple's third child earlier than expected ahead of Friday's match in Dublin. Joe and Ruby Ledley are already the parents of two daughters, with their third child expected a few days after the Group D Clash at Lansdowne Road. "Ruby is expecting two or three days after the game, so Joe is hoping he doesn't get the call until the day after," said Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who plays alongside midfielder Ledley at Premier League club Crystal Palace, on Wednesday.