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Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace are happy to face Leicester at a neutral venue after local lockdown

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Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace are happy to face Leicester at a neutral venue, if the King Power club are unable to host this weekend’s Premier League fixture due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

The Eagles suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Monday and during the contest at Selhurst Park it was confirmed a local lockdown had been imposed on Leicester by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The Foxes are next at home against Palace on Saturday and Hodgson is relaxed about any potential changes.

Roy Hodgson (left) says Crystal Palace are happy to play Leicester at a neutral venue

Roy Hodgson (left) says Crystal Palace are happy to play Leicester at a neutral venue

Roy Hodgson (left) says Crystal Palace are happy to play Leicester at a neutral venue

Saturday's game at the King Power may be in doubt after Leicester was forced into lockdown

Saturday's game at the King Power may be in doubt after Leicester was forced into lockdown

Saturday’s game at the King Power may be in doubt after Leicester was forced into lockdown

‘I did hear on the news today there was a potential problem in Leicester,’ the Palace manager said.

‘I am perfectly happy to let the Premier League take care of that. I am certain they will tell us where and when the game should be played.

‘I am certain if they can’t play at Leicester, they will find an alternative venue and we are happy to go up and play against Leicester City wherever the Premier League tells us to play.’

When Palace do face the Foxes, they will be looking to halt back-to-back defeats after losing at home to Burnley.

Clarets captain Ben Mee scored the only goal of the game, stooping low to head home in the 62nd minute.

The Eagles pushed for a leveller and despite Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew going close, the visitors held on.

Matt Hancock has shut non-essential shops and closed schools in Leicester after a spike

Matt Hancock has shut non-essential shops and closed schools in Leicester after a spike

Matt Hancock has shut non-essential shops and closed schools in Leicester after a spike

Hodgson added: ‘When you go a goal down to a team like Burnley, who played very well in the first half, it’s always a tough ask because we know how well they get behind the ball and how good they are at defending their penalty area.

‘But I can’t fault the effort of the players attempting to get back and score that goal because we had opportunities and situations, but congratulations to them. They held out and protected their one-goal lead.’

Mee marked his 300th league appearance for Burnley with a superb display at the back and a first goal since January, 2017.

Manager Sean Dyche said: ‘He has matured no end in my seven-and-a-half years, he was here before me actually.

‘On and off the pitch, he is a great captain. Off the pitch he is a very sound fella as well. He has good principles and is a top professional too.

Sean Dyche has heaped praise on his Burnley captain Ben Mee after he scored the winner

Sean Dyche has heaped praise on his Burnley captain Ben Mee after he scored the winner

Sean Dyche has heaped praise on his Burnley captain Ben Mee after he scored the winner

Mee's header past Vicente Guaita secured a precious three points for Burnley at Selhurst Park

Mee's header past Vicente Guaita secured a precious three points for Burnley at Selhurst Park

Mee’s header past Vicente Guaita secured a precious three points for Burnley at Selhurst Park

‘He is a leader by the way he goes about it. He is not a big shouter or screamer, but he goes about it in the right manner. I thought he was terrific again.’

The victory moved Burnley level on points with Tottenham and up to eighth position in spite of the club being without Jay Rodriguez, Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes and Matt Lowton due to injury, along with a host of players who will officially depart Turf Moor on Tuesday.

‘It is certainly up there as one of the biggest results I’ve had as manager here,’ Dyche added.

‘The reasons are we are so stretched, we’ve played a lot of football, the commitment to the cause, but also some of the football was excellent.’

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1pm Arsenal news LIVE: Partey wants Gunners transfer ‘completed quickly’, Aubameyang new contract hint, Mustafi new deal

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ARSENAL recorded a massive win in the West Midlands as they saw off Wolves thanks to strikes from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette. 

And there could be more good news with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hinting he WILL sign a new contract and Thomas Partey believed to be wanting his potential move to Arsenal finalised as soon as possible.

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Man Utd star Juan Mata ‘eyeing transfer to Turkish side Fenerbahce’ as Solskjaer plans huge clear-out

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JUAN MATA has reportedly thrown open the door to a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots a mass exodus.

The Spanish midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January.

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Juan Mata is reportedly eyeing a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce

The 32-year-old has clocked up 20 starts in total this season, but 12 of those have come in cup competitions.


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And the partnership between Fernandes and Pogba, which has been bubbling away since football’s restart, could push Mata even closer to the exit door.

According to Turkish outlet Sansursuz Futbol, the 32-year-old is “eager” to leave United and is interested in Super Lig outfit Fenerbahce.

The Turkish side would have to fork out a fee for the midfield maestro as he only signed a new deal last June keeping him at Old Trafford until summer 2021.

Mata occupied the right midfield flank during the Red Devil’s FA Cup quarter-final victory over Norwich.

But Solskjaer preferred Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford on the channels during the 5-2 win over Bournemouth. 

Mata is a huge asset to the dressing-room and Fernandes, Odion Ighalo and Daniel James have all gushed over the former Chelsea man. 

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer has admitted he is looking to “exploit the transfer market” this summer

And with a whole host of players linked with a switch to Old Trafford, there will inevitably be a handful heading out the exit door.

The likes of Leicester star James Maddison, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jadon Sancho are all believed to be on the shortlist.

Jesse Lingard could be on his way out as he has also been pushed aside by the £67million arrival of Fernandes.

Chris Smalling has enjoyed a loan spell with Roma and it is believed the Serie A giants are keen on a permanent deal for the 30-year-old.

While Inter Milan are reportedly looking to make Alexis Sanchez’s loan move permanent for £18million.

Sanchez’s bumper £505,000-a-week salary has been a drain on United’s economy and Solskjaer is said to be eager to remove him from the wage bill.

And it’s no surprise to see error-prone Phil Jones on the list, having featured in just TWO Premier League games so far this season.

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1pm Man Utd news LIVE: Jadon Sancho ‘agrees five-year deal’, Adama Traore £50m transfer interest, Grealish update

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MANCHESTER UNITED continued their excellent recent form with a 5-2 hammering of Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

And Jadon Sancho has reportedly agreed a five-year deal with the Red Devils and could hand in a transfer request to push the move from Dortmund through.

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