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VIDEO: Adlene Guedioura’s Perfect Pass For Watford’s Equaliser

With Adlene Guedioura currently out on loan at Watford, it would be easy for Palace fans to forget about him to some extent, but tonight, the Algerian midfielder played a huge role in the Hornets’ 2-2 draw away from home against fellow promotion rivals Derby County.

Given a starting role in the Watford midfield next to former Palace man Ben Watson, Guedioura was his usual powerful self in the opening 45 minutes, which saw the visitors take the lead through Matej Vydra, before the game got turned on its head when Derby were awarded a penalty with Watford being reduced to 10 men just before the half-time interval.

Shortly after the second half began, another former Palace player in the shape of Tom Ince gave Derby the lead, slotting a low strike into the bottom left-hand corner of Gomes’ net, before Guedioura picked out a beautifully weighted pass to set up Odion Ighalo for a Watford equaliser.

Despite the obvious bias that a site such as this could be tempted to display in analysing our own players’ best moments, it was quite rightly described as the “pass of the night” by Sky’s co-commentator Don Goodman, who understandably decided to give Adlene the Man of the Match award following the game’s conclusion.

Although he’s not been given a run in the Palace first-team by Alan Pardew, there’s every chance that performances in the mould of the one he produced tonight will make the manager sit up and take notice between now and May.


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VIDEO: FIFA 15 Predicts 1-1 Draw Between Hull & Palace

After kicking off a new feature last weekend, where we use the artificial intelligence of FIFA 15 to predict the outcome of Crystal Palace’s upcoming league fixture, we’re now back with the second installment.

In what was a successful start to the experiment, the game played out a 1-0 win for Palace over Leicester, with Adlene Guedioura getting the only goal in the final minute. Although the scoreline and goalscorer were ultimately incorrect, the result itself, not to mention a clean sheet for Palace were spot on, making the first week relatively successful in our eyes.

This Saturday, Neil Warnock’s side turn their attention to Hull City, who thanks to a few shrewd signings over the summer, look a real threat going forward this term, with Steve Bruce sure to be hopeful of an improvement on last season’s performance.

Although you might expect the game to play out a host of 5-4 wins when left to its own devices, reality has proven to be quite different, with the predicted 1-1 draw seemingly quite a likely outcome.


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