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Roy Hodgson wants new five-sub rule to be scrapped next season

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The Crystal Palace boss says, although necessary this term, five substitutes per game benefits the bigger clubs.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson does not believe five substitutes will be necessary in the Premier League next season.

Since football's restart after the coronavirus pandemic, top-flight teams have had the chance to name nine players on the bench and make five changes during a game due to the congestion of fixtures.

The Eagles host Chelsea on Tuesday and opposition boss Frank Lampard has made 15 substitutions out of a possible 20 during the Blues' four league matches this summer.

Liverpool and Manchester United have used all of their changes so far and while Hodgson understood the need for the temporary amendment to the rule, he does not feel it will be required next season.

"It does tip the balance to the clubs with bigger and stronger squads," the Palace boss said.

"I was very much in favour of the five subs during this period. I thought that was the correct thing to do for football to get these games played where we tried to at least diminish the risk of injuries as much as we could.

"We knew they would come about, but we tried to diminish it by giving everyone the chance to get the extra subs on.

"If we give everyone a chance to start with a level playing field next year, when you don't have necessarily this problem hanging over you of playing so many matches, then it would probably be in the interest of clubs like ours – although we won't be alone – to go back to three."

Crystal Palace have lost three of their four games since football's resumption (Michael Regan/NMC Pool)

Hodgson did add it was "purely a personal" opinion and that he had not discussed the rule remaining in place with chairman Steve Parish or director of football Dougie Freeman.

The 72-year-old's main focus is on halting Palace's three-game losing streak, which has seen them drop to 14th since top-flight football resumed.

With games against Manchester United, Wolves and Tottenham to come, the Eagles know they are going to have to beat the best in the division to boost their top-10 hopes.

An area where they can improve is goals from set-pieces, after winning a total of 16 corners against Burnley and Leicester without making the most of them.

"I do hope we have in our armoury some weapons in the set-play department that can cause them problems," Hodgson added.

"Of course, we have to get enough possession of the ball and get down in their half enough times to get the corners.

"That's not been bad the last games, so we are getting into those areas where it's a possibility. Now we have to try and take full advantage of it."

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
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