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Pards has put his cards on the table for Adebayor

Presumably by now, Emmanuel Adebayor has had a look on Google to find out about his new club Crystal Palace, after admitting his knowledge of the club wasn't all that when he joined them last month.

If he has run a quick search, he'll find that he's joined the club during a bit of a rough patch, where they've failed to win in the league so far this year.

Perhaps more worryingly, he might have read that his manager sees him as the man to get the Eagles out of this rut, with Pardew suggesting he may prove to be the best striker in the club's history.

Not that he's got an awful lot of competition on that front, with the likes of Shefki Kuqi and Marouane Chamakh to contend with.

Judging on what I've seen from the big man so far I think Pards might be getting a bit carried away with that one. Mind you I fancy him to bag his first goal for Palace against Watford on Saturday.

Apart from a narrow win over Newcastle - hardly a feat to write home about - the Hornets have been as poor as Palace in the league with no wins since Christmas, so a goal here and Adebayor may begin to live up to his manager's hype.

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Mainz v Schalke

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Schalke sit in the final Champions League qualification berth with Mainz only three points behind them so this is a big game between sides both hopeful of making Europe next season. Mainz have been solid at the back but are unlikely to sustain their challenge, while Schalke have kept three clean sheets in four and the sides are fancied to cancel each other out.