Crystal Palace faced Brentford in West London on Saturday afternoon and neither side could find a goal as it was another draw for the Eagles and a clean sheet for both sides.
Ivan Toney was still out for the Bees, but Wissa and Mbeumo both made comebacks. Mateta was replaced in the Eagles’ starting lineup by Edouard as well as Ayew replaced Olise on the right-wing. These were the only two changes from the match against Norwich so Zaha started again down the left-hand side.
Christian Eriksen appeared before the match, but due to his lack of match fitness, it was only a round of applause at the Brentford Community Stadium this time. Every football fan in the country and the world is looking forward to seeing him back in action in the Premier League.
Neither team looked the superior side in the first 25 minutes as the first shot that one of the keepers had to save when Mbeumo had his shot saved by Guaita. Just minutes before this attempt, Brentford had a penalty appeal denied as Guehi’s handball was forced due to a push in the back from the opposing team. VAR had a look and decided that it wasn’t a penalty.
Up the other end of the pitch, Edouard played in Jordan Ayew who didn’t manage to prepare himself well for the shot and piled it wide. He should’ve got it on target and really should’ve been a goal.
The game got even more scrappy in the last 20 minutes of the first half with silly fouls from Canos and Zaha. The Brentford player even picked up the only yellow card of the game. Canos threw himself at a cross but couldn’t get the ball on target, he was one of Brentford’s liveliest players.
Brentford made the first change of the match in the 61st minute with Janelt off for Dasilva. Just five minutes after McArthur made his first appearance since coming back from injury and Hughes made way for him.
Brentford looked like the better side in the second half with patient build-up play and a few chances. A corner for them ended with Jansson forcing a save from Guaita. Mateta came on for Edouard in the 72nd minute.
Palace had a penalty appeal when Rico Henry seemed to bring down Zaha in the area. There looked like a slight push and his hands round Zaha’s waist, the VAR check agreed with the referee’s on-field decision.
The Eagles looked the better side in the last 10 minutes and Andersen even had a late chance which was easily saved. The keeper collected the ball before Mateta could get an effort on goal.
The result for Brentford was vital as they hadn’t picked up any points for a long time. Overall, the game was scrappy and a draw was a fair result for both sides.
It feels like Vieira doesn’t know his best side at the minute with players like Ayew returning which meant Olise missed out on a start. Also, he hasn’t decided which striker is number one at the moment is it Mateta, Edouard, or Benteke. The fact that Benteke hasn’t started any of the last two matches makes us think he’s already out of the running and Vieira prefers to give game time to the younger players.
Crystal Palace Player Ratings
- Mitchell – 8
- Guehi – 7.5
- Andersen – 7.5
- Schlupp – 7.5
- Zaha – 7
- Hughes – 7
- Edouard – 7
- Ayew – 6.5
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Match Report & Highlights
Crystal Palace played hosts to a Manchester United on the final day of the season. After a disappointing loss to Everton a few days earlier, Vieira and the Palace players wanted to end the season on a high and did so with a 1-0 win over United. This was the first home win against Man United in the Premier League and since May 1991.
Jesurun Rak-Sakyi made his first senior start for The Eagles after he’d appeared as a sub earlier in the season against Chelsea. Joel Ward replaced an injured Marc Guehi at the centre of defence and took up the captain’s armband for the game.
Keep reading for the match key points and to see the highlights.
- A deflected shot from Bruno Fernandes fell to Cavani who scuffed the shot but managed to get it on goal. Guaita was still wrong-footed from Fernandes’ shot but managed to stretch to save the ball from going in.
- Schlupp got the ball to Zaha who was 1v1 with the defender on the left, he made enough space to get a shot off with his left foot, but De Gea saved it well.
- Guaita had to save another effort from Cavani which he tipped onto the bar, but the ref blew as he claimed there was a foul by the United striker.
- Edouard played a lovely flick through to Schlupp who hit the ball first time with his left but De Gea saved well again, this time with his knees.
- Zaha received the ball just outside the area and was running at Dalot who couldn’t get tight enough. He got it onto his right foot and rolled it through Lindelof’s legs into the net. 1-0 to The Eagles.
- A penalty appeal on Fernandes was waved away, but United still had the ball and Hanibal Mejbri had an effort from the edge of the box which Guaita had to tip over the bar.
- Kouyate came on to strengthen the midfield in the 66th minute for Rak-Sakyi as United appeared to be more of a thread in the second half.
- A cross into the area led to Andersen having to clear the ball, but he almost looped it into his own goal.
- Palace had to deal with a corner, but McTominay was left unmarked at the far post and allowed to get a header on goal. But, it was comfortable for Guaita who saved easily.
- Eze had looked bright against Everton in the first half, but he got just over 10 minutes after coming on for Edouard.
- McArthur was on the bench after coming back from a slight injury and he managed to get a run out when replacing Hughes in the 82nd minute.
- To be fair to United, they kept attacking and McTominay had another half chance in stoppage time as he volleyed over from outside of the area.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Report Summary & Highlights
Here are the highlights of the game below.
The clean sheet for Palace meant that no team had scored at Selhurst Park since February. It’s also Palace’s best defensive record in the Premier League and they scored more goals and got more points than last season.
The players, staff, and the Crystal Palace owners will look back at this as a successful transition season. 48 points in 12th place and getting to an FA Cup semi-final are all great achievements that can be built on next season.
It will be another busy transfer window for The Eagles as there are seven Palace players out of contract and not all of them will get extensions. There’s also the question of what will Conor Gallagher decide to do now that he goes back to Chelsea.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Highlights
Everton went into the game needing three points to stay up, but Palace didn’t roll over and were 2-0 up in the first half. The home side managed to pull a goal back though in the first 10 minutes of the second half through Michael Keane.
This goal gave the Everton fans some hope and something to cheer about which pushed the players to get a second in the 75th minute. The third goal to keep Everton in the Premier League came in the 85th minute from Calvert-Lewin.
Fans stormed the pitch after that final goal which meant there were seven minutes added on at the end. But, Palace couldn’t find an equaliser and the match finished 3-2.
- Mitchell whipped in a great cross and Ayew went for a diving header but it was well off the target.
- Richarlison stepped up for a free kick from just over 20 yards out and it smashed against the bar. After seeing the replay it was a great save from Butland who tipped it onto the woodwork.
- In the 21st minute, Palace took the lead from an Eze free kick. It was a delicious delivery and Mateta was there unmarked to get on the end of it and head home.
- Will Hughes was booked for tripping and then a minute later Jordan Ayew joined him in the book.
- For the second goal, Mateta stole the ball from Coleman on the halfway line and ran down the left flank before delivering a ball in. It was a poor parry away from Pickford who only got it as far as Zaha on the edge of the area. He had a shot on goal which Pickford saved, but it fell to Ayew who touched it in with the lightest of headers. 2-0 to the Eagles in the 36th minute.
- Everton got a goal back in the 54th minute from a set piece. The ball was floated in from a free kick on the halfway line, Holgate nodded it down to Keane who took one touch and then hit it in with his left foot.
- Will Hughes didn’t look 100% comfortable so he was replaced in the 57th minute for captain Luca Milivojevic.
- Some great football from Palace, which started with Mitchell, and then switched to the right side before finding Mateta in Everton’s area, and Pickford was forced to make a good save.
- Schlupp who had performed well in the first half made way for Conor Gallagher in the 74th minute.
- Everton got level through a Richarlison goal. Coleman found Alli on the left who went for a cross and Andersen couldn’t clear only for the Brazilian to follow up and loop it into the goal, 2-2.
- Goalscorer Mateta came off in the 81st minute for Christian Benteke.
- This comeback gave The Toffees the confidence to get another and they did 10 minutes later in the 85th minute. It was from another free kick, this time from Gray and Calvert-Lewin was there to get on the end of it.
- Everton fans stormed the pitch after the goal to celebrate and it took a long time for them to get them off. Even the Everton players were telling them to get off as the game still had time to run.
Match Report & Highlights
Amazing scenes for all Evertonians, but a disappointing result for Palace who were 2-0 to the good. After the second Everton goal, it didn’t look like the Eagles were going to be able to go for the win which is how Everton got a third.
Everton fans invaded the pitch again after the final whistle to celebrate. But one fan goaded Vieira as he waked to the away team changing rooms on the other side of the pitch from the dugout. There are videos online that show the fan swearing at Vieira in his face and then the Palace manager having enough, grabbing him and giving him a kick to the ground.
As has been reported by TalkSport, players and managers need more protection as it only takes one idiot to cause serious harm, like what happened with Billy Sharp in the Forest vs Sheffield United match.
The match highlights can be seen below.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Highlights
Crystal Palace travelled to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon with both teams trying to creep into the top 10. Going into the game, Palace were undefeated in their last three, and Villa had won two of their previous three only missing out to league title challengers, Liverpool.
Palace were unsure if Guehi would be available for the match after coming off against Watford. He did start and in a back three instead of the usual back four, with Clyne and Mitchell playing as the two wing backs and Kouyate as the right centre-back.
Both sides looked like they could’ve taken the lead at any point, but it was Villa who struck first when Ollie Watkins put them in front in the 69th minute.
Jeffrey Schlupp came on for Eze in the 78th minute and within minutes had scored the equaliser. As we predicted in our match preview, the final score was 1-1.
- The first real chance fell to Danny Ings who couldn’t get enough on it to head it on goal to force a save from Jack Butland.
- Palace’s defence struggled early in the first half, maybe due to the different system. McGinn played a good ball in the area which Palace couldn’t clear and fell to Ings to have a half chance on the volley.
- Coutinho, who had just confirmed his permanent switch to Aston Villa, had an audacious attempt from 25 yards but it went wide.
- Palace’s first real chance came from a corner when Gallagher tried to head it on goal only for it to be headed out by a Villa defender for another corner.
- Eze played a great ball to Zaha in the middle of the park who took a touch and let fly at Martinez who could only parry it away.
- At the other end, Watkins set up Ings for a great chance, but he couldn’t get enough curl on it to find the back of the net.
- Eze looked lively running at the Villa defence, however, a good tackle took the ball away as far as Mitchell on the left wing. He played it to Zaha who found Mateta on the edge of the box and then he played in Clyne who drilled a low shot on target to force a good save from Martinez. Palace looked much better after the opening 25 minutes.
- Clyne had another effort at goal when a ball from Eze that Zaha couldn’t control found him. He just got under it too much making it go over the bar.
- Digne whipped in a great cross from the left aimed at Ollie Watkins who somehow managed to find the back of the net even with Guehi battling with him. The Palace defender was saying he was fouled and Watkins was clearly pulling his shirt, but the ref and VAR didn’t overturn it as there was shirt pulling from both.
- Jeffrey Schlupp replaced Eze in the 78th minute and Beneke also came on for Milivojevic.
- Within minutes Schlupp had got the equaliser. Gallagher’s free kick was cleared away and was heading out for a corner but Andersen crossed the ball back in and found Guehi who headed it towards the goal for Schlupp to then tap it home. Great impact substitute and he’s one of the Palace players that
- A late onslaught came from Villa and Butland had to make a couple of great saves. Digne had a strong shot on goal from 30 yards out forcing a save from the Palace keeper who parried it away. The Eagles’ defence couldn’t get the ball clear though and Villa managed to keep attacking with McGinn then firing a volley from the edge of the area.
- A through ball cut the Palace defence and allowed Watkins in on goal, but he dragged the shot wide. The Villa striker looked offside but Guehi and Clyne were both playing him on, poor defending from Palace.
Match Summary & Highlights
A point each seemed like a fair result although either side may argue that they should have won all three. With two games to go Palace are still in with the chance to break into the top 10.
Schlupp was a great impact substitute and he’s one of the Crystal Palace players that is out of contract at the end of the season. Vieira and the Palace board will be wanting to keep him, surely.
With two games to go Palace are still in with the chance to break into the top 10. They face Everton in midweek who are fighting for survival and a win for them would see them stay up and then The Eagles host Manchester United on the final day of the season.
Unfortunately, Vieira confirmed that Michael Olise was out due to injury and that he won’t be back for these final two matches.
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