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Kouyaté and Senegal Heading to the AFCON Final

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Senegal went one step further to get their hands on the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy by beating Burkina Faso 3-1 in the semi-final. Palace’s Cheikhour Kouyaté started the match after not starting in the quarter-final against Equatorial Guinea. This time out, he didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet, but he helped the team in that defensive midfield role as he does with the Eagles.

It was an exciting game that was all square at half-time, with a flurry of goals in the last 20 minutes. Liverpool’s Sadio Mané finished off the match with a goal to make it 3-1. With Egypt facing the host nation Cameroon in the other semi-final, it could be a battle between two of the Premier League’s top strikers in Mané and Salah.

The news that Senegal has reached the final means that Kouyaté won’t feature for Palace for the FA Cup tie with Hartlepool as expected anyway. With the final being held on the 6th of February, we expect him to be out of the game against Norwich on the 9th. Then, only three days later Palace faces Brentford who has just signed Christian Eriksen until the end of the season. Whether Kouyaté will be in the squad for that match is still unknown at this time.

Kouyate gave an exclusive interview to London World and mentioned that he feels the support from the Palace faithful. Here’s some of what he had to say in the interview: “I really feel the support and I know that they are watching,”

“I will be back, but for now I want them to support me and help with the AFCON so I can return as a champion and we can have a great season together.”

“We deserved to the win against Equatorial Guinea,” he told London World. “We have been working hard and progressing slowly throughout this tournament.

“All the games are tough here, and when you get to the knockout stages of AFCON you need a bit of luck and pray to avoid any bad injuries. I must say we are together, so fingers crossed one after the other.

“I won’t say anything – we all know what winning the AFCON will mean to all of us.”

“We need to remain humble and we need to stay focused if we want to win this tournament,” he said. “We don’t have to put ourselves under any other pressure, we just have to stay humble.

“If we want to win this game, we need to go there fighting.”

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Crystal Palace Unveil New Away Kit for 22/23 Season

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Crystal Palace Away Kit 2022/23

Crystal Palace have released photos of the new away kit and it looks like it’s a hit with the fans. The kit is all white with the club’s famous red and blue colours in the centre of the kit. You can see what it looks like in the image above.

As we reported, Palace have changed the front of shirt sponsor from the betting website W88 to the specialist used cars sales website cinch. As well as this, Macron replaced Puma as the technical kit partner so all three kits will have a different feel to them than in previous years.

You can see more photos from the away kit release photo shoot below.

The release date for the home kit is still not known, but we expect it to look as good, if not better, than the new away kit above.

Palace fans can now preorder the kit via the shop on the club’s website or else it will be for sale in shops from August.

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Crystal Palace Strike Kit Deal With Macron

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Crystal Palace & Macron Logos

Crystal Palace have announced that next season’s kit will be made by the Italian technical kit brand, Macron. The Eagles worked with this brand back in 2014 until 2018. Macron will replace the current technical kit provider Puma in this upcoming season.

The club’s press release didn’t announce the contract length with Macron but it will most likely be more than just the one season. Macron is older than you think after it recently celebrated its 50th year in business.

The Italian company knows what is needed for sports kits as they are the third largest technical brand in European football. They also have a large chunk of the European rugby market.

This deal comes a month after the main front of shirt sponsor was announced. Asian betting brand W88 is being replaced by the second-hand car website, cinch.

Crystal Palace commercial director Barry Webber said: “Macron is an ambitious sports brand known for its innovation in materials as well as its style, and having formed an excellent working relationship with them in the past, we are pleased to be collaborating on Crystal Palace kits once again.

“We look forward to presenting the new strips to supporters in the coming weeks, alongside our new front of shirt sponsor Cinch”.

Macron Senior Sports Marketing Manager Ross Cook, said: “We are delighted to be working again with Crystal Palace Football Club having had such a positive relationship together, and to re-partner with such a strong club which has a long and rich history, is something very special for us.

“We have already started working hand in hand with the club to develop unique and exclusive collections created for their elite athletes as well as an extended apparel range for fans, all of which are driven by technical innovation, stylistic research, attention to detail and Italian flair alongside adapting to the club’s history and traditions.”

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Crystal Palace Premier League 2022/23 Season Fixtures Announced

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Patrick Vieira & Mikel Arteta in Selhurst Park Away Dugout

Crystal Palace fans as well as every football fan in the country will be looking at the schedule for the 2022/23 Premier League season today.

The Eagles will play the opening game of the new season against Patrick Vieira’s former side, Arsenal. It will be a tasty Friday Night Football fixture as both sides want to make progress on last season’s table finish.

It’s not going to be an easy start for Palace though, with the first four games including trips to Anfield and the Etihad. Although Vieira will be hoping he can beat City away from home like last season.

Obviously, these fixture dates and times could change due to cup draws, the World Cup being this year, or any other reasons that arise.

Still, here’s the full Crystal Palace schedule for the new season.

  • 05/08/22 – Palace vs Arsenal (20:00)
  • 13/08/22 – Liverpool vs Palace (15:00)
  • 20/08/22 – Palace vs Aston Villa (15:00)
  • 27/08/22 – Manchester City vs Palace (15:00)
  • 30/08/22 – Palace vs Brentford (20:00)
  • 03/09/22 – Newcastle United vs Palace (15:00)
  • 10/09/22 – Palace vs Manchester United (15:00)
  • 17/09/22 – Brighton & Hove Albion vs Palace (15:00)
  • 01/10/22 – Palace vs Chelsea (15:00)
  • 08/10/22 – Palace vs Leeds United (15:00)
  • 15/10/22 Leicester City vs Palace (15:00)
  • 18/10/22 – Palace vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (20:00)
  • 22/10/22 – Everton vs Palace (15:00)
  • 29/10/22 – Palace vs Southampton (15:00)
  • 05/11/22 – West Ham United vs Palace (15:00)
  • 12/11/22 – Nottingham Forest vs Palace (15:00)
  • 26/12/22 – Palace vs Fulham (15:00)
  • 31/12/22 – A.F.C. Bournemouth vs Palace (15:00)
  • 02/01/23 – Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (15:00)
  • 14/01/23 – Chelsea vs Palace (15:00)
  • 21/01/23 – Palace vs Newcastle United (15:00)
  • 04/02/23 – Manchester United vs Palace (15:00)
  • 11/02/23 – Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion (15:00)
  • 18/02/23 – Brentford vs Palace (15:00)
  • 25/02/23 – Palace vs Liverpool (15:00)
  • 04/03/23 – Aston Villa vs Palace (15:00)
  • 11/03/23 – Palace vs Manchester City (15:00)
  • 18/03/23 – Arsenal vs Palace (15:00)
  • 01/04/23 – Palace vs Leicester City (15:00)
  • 08/04/23 Leeds United vs Palace (15:00)
  • 15/04/23 – Southampton vs Palace (15:00)
  • 22/04/23 – Palace vs Everton (15:00)
  • 25/04/23 – Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Palace (19:45)
  • 29/04/23 – Palace vs West Ham United (15:00)
  • 06/05/23 – Tottenham Hotspur vs Palace (15:00)
  • 12/05/23 – Palace vs A.F.C. Bournemouth (15:00)
  • 20/05/23 – Fulham vs Palace (15:00)
  • 28/05/23 – Palace vs Nottingham Forest (16:00)
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