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Brighton vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Player Ratings



Crystal Palace’s second encounter with Brighton was set to be a fiery affair on the south coast. With just four points between the two rivals, Palace could have gone within one point had they won the match.

Both sides had key players missing, Palace with Zaha, Ayew, and Kouyate at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and McArthur and Tomkins out due to injury. Brighton had star midfielder, Yves Bissouma, away in Cameroon representing Mali in the AFCON tournament and their own injury troubles with Dunk and Mwepu both missing.

Palace had an all but one unchanged side that faced Millwall as Edouard replaced Mateta upfront. This meant that Eze had his first Premier League start to the season and Butland remained in goal even after his howler against the Lions.

First half

Palace got the match underway attacking the end of the Brighton fans, but within the first couple of minutes, Brighton had already upped the pressure on Palace’s defence. Trossard had a shot blocked which would be the first sign for things to come for Palace.

Lallana was finding a lot of space breaking through the lines of Palace’s midfield. The constant onslaught in the first 10 minutes meant that the Eagles couldn’t get out of their half, especially as the passing wasn’t up to scratch.

A headed pass from Ward fell straight to Trossard who was 1v1 with Butland. He made himself big to deny the Belgian striker a goal.

Palace had an attack but Edouard couldn’t deliver a good ball in and the ball was deflected straight at Brighton’s keeper. The first half an hour was dominated by Brighton as Palace struggled to attack. Brighton had many corners in this time with Webster always the target man, he had a header saved, but it was a foul on Guehi anyway.

Yet another corner for Brighton and this time a penalty appeal as Hughes seemed to have his arm around one of Brighton’s player’s necks. The ref went to the monitor to see the replay and awarded Brighton with the penalty. Gross picked up the ball, but before he can take it a flare was thrown on the pitch from the Palace fans.

Once that was cleared, Gross stepped up and had a feeble attempt giving Butland an easy save, great for his confidence after last weekend. The ball eventually went out for another Brighton corner though.

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From this, Maupay had the ball in the back of the net, but once again, the ref was over to the monitor to check the goal. Butland had both hands on the ball before Maupay knocked the ball into the goal and so the goal was rightfully disallowed.

That was in the 39th minute which set up the last five minutes to be a nervy time for Palace who wanted it to remain level at the break. Eze picked up the first yellow card of the match after losing possession which forced him to bring down Maupay in Palace’s half.

Second half

Brighton started the second half attacking their home fans and they went close when Moder saw his effort hit the crossbar. But immediately down the other end, Sanchez had to make his first real save of the game from his own defender.

Polish attacking midfield Jakub Moder had another effort on goal with Butland making a save. He could have had a goal by now with his chances in the opening minutes of the second half, plus efforts in the first.

In the 55th minute, Adam Lallana went down as if he was injured and was quickly replaced by the promising youngster Tariq Lamptey. This meant that Brighton changed from a back four to a back three with two wing-backs, Lamptey and Cucurella.

Will Hughes was the second Palace player in the book after a strong, but late tackle, what you like to see in a rivalry such as this one. Play continued, but the ref hadn’t forgotten the challenge so booked him.

Lamptey’s pace down the right side looked troublesome in his first five minutes on the pitch. Mitchell wasn’t having his best game up until then and this made it an even harder challenge for him now.

65th minute in and Vieira decides to make the first substitutions. Eze comes off for Milivojevic and Edouard for Mateta. A change was definitely needed and it was surprising to see Mateta on first in front of Benteke.

The changes helped Palace and four minutes later, who else but Conor Gallagher slotted the ball home. A great run from Ward opened play down the left for Palace with Schlupp running into the byline and eventually pulling it back to Gallagher who finds the bottom right corner. All this in front of the Palace away fans!

Conor Gallagher celebrating his goal in front of Palace away fans
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Gallagher had another half-chance, but there was no one following up. 72 minutes in and Brighton used their remaining two subs with Welbeck and March on for Veltman and Gross.

Even with the one-goal lead, Brighton still looked the better side with Webster having another chance on goal from a corner kick.

80th minute and it was time for Benteke to replace Olise who hadn’t shone as brightly as he did against Millwall. All game he had been forced to defend more due to Brighton’s heavy attacks.

It felt like it was only a matter of time before Brighton got an equaliser and unfortunately, they did when Maupay went to pull the ball across the box, only for it to go in Palace’s goal off of Andersen’s leg.

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He’d been solid at the back all match so it was a shame to see this unlucky goal go in.

This spurred Brighton to go for the win and the two subs, March and Welbeck, linked up a couple of times and went close but couldn’t convert any of their chances. 

There was still time though for Lamptey to go down in the area and appeal for a penalty, only for it to be given as handball against him. The ref was right to award the foul to Palace as it clearly wasn’t a penalty.

Brighton vs Crystal Palace Match Summary

In all honesty, Brighton deserved the win overall, but Palace defended well during the match to keep them from scoring. Palace didn’t press high in the match, which was Vieira’s game plan as he knows that Brighton likes to keep possession and is good at this at the back. Palace would have become open to counterattacks if they pressed higher. Overall, the result for Palace was good as it quite easily could have been another away loss.

Crystal Palace player ratings:

  • Butland – 8.5
  • Andersen – 8
  • Guehi – 8
  • Gallagher – 8
  • Hughes – 6.5
  • Edouard – 6
  • Mitchell – 6
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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Highlights



Mitchell battling with Almiron whilst Guehi comes away with the ball

Crystal Palace’s trip up to Newcastle finished in a goalless draw, but there was some controversy over a disallowed goal for the home team. Newcastle looked the better side in the match and Guaita put on a solid performance to deny them a goal.

Palace looked better in the second half and if their strikers were in-form they could’ve got a goal. Both sides had chances to score and both keepers had good games to keep the other side from scoring. A cagey game, but Palace will be pleased with a point from this away match at St. James’ Park.

First Half

  • Zaha had an early shot on goal from the edge of the area after Eze’s free-kick was defended well by Newcastle. It had decent power but it was straight at Pope.
  • Eze was caught in possession leaving Palace vulnerable at the back, but fortunately, Mitchell recovered well to win the ball back with a vital tackle.
  • Andersen’s failed long ball fed Isak in for a one-on-one chance with Guaita, but the Spaniard stayed tall and managed to deny the Swede his second Premier League goal.
  • Mateta received the ball in the area, spun to create room to get a shot away and force a good reactionary save from Pope.
  • Palace struggled to get the ball out of their box and it only went as far as Almiron who had a shot that got a deflection and then hit the post. Guaita stood still and wouldn’t have saved it had it been on target.
  • There was a late chance at the end of the first half for Eze but the shot with his weaker left foot was too easy for the keeper.

Second Half

  • Newcastle awarded a free kick after obstruction from Guehi near the halfway line. A good ball in from Trippier led to an own goal from Mitchell. It was then disallowed due to a foul on Guaita, although it wasn’t really a foul as Mitchell had pushed Willock into Guaita causing the foul.
  • A cute little dinked-in ball fell for Almiron but he thrashed the volley wide.
  • Ayew played in Mateta but he was too far out and the shot was too soft to cause the keeper any fear.
  • A free-kick from Olise was cleared but only as far as Doucoure on the edge of the area, but he was well wide of the target.
  • Pope made a great save after Edouard wriggled free to get a good shot on goal, could have been 1-0 to Palace had it not been for great keeping.
  • Down the other end, Guaita made an equally great save after Isak played in Willock who hit it low in the left corner of the goal. Both keepers kept their sides in the match.
  • Willock should’ve scored from a corner from six yards out, but he didn’t connect with the ball right and it sliced wide.

Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Highlights

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Crystal Palace vs Brentford Match Report & Highlights



Wilfried Zaha being fouled against Brentford FC

Crystal Palace and Brentford faced each other at Selhurst Park in the first-midweek match for both teams. The first half was a stalemate, but Palace went ahead early in the second and looked in control of the match. That was until the last 10 minutes when Brentford upped the pressure and Palace sat back to defend.

The two clubs drew both games last season 0-0, and the first of this season has been another draw, although there were goals in this fixture. Zaha made his return after missing the match with Manchester City and he got his fourth goal of the season with a well-placed shot. There was good news that Tyrick Mitchell also featured from the bench after going off early against Man City at the weekend.

Keep reading to see the match’s key events as well as the highlights at the end of the article.

First Half

  • Palace started well even under pressure from Brentford. Schlupp had an early shot to test the keeper, but it was comfortable for him to save.
  • Olise made his first start in the Premier League season and immediately looked dangerous on the right flank. He cut inside and powered until he found space to shoot, but it was also too easy for the keeper.
  • A cross from Brentford played back in my Toney found his teammate who couldn’t react quick enough to head it on target.

Second Half

  • Early in the second half, Schlupp had enough time in Brentford’s box to place his shot, but he again hit it straight at the keeper.
  • Olise was still looking dangerous cutting in on his strong left foot from the right and he managed to curl a shot away and hit the post. Was very nearly 1-0 to the Eagles.
  • On the other side of the pitch, Zaha received the ball, opened up his body, and let curl with his right foot finding the back of the net to make it 1-0. That’s his fourth of the season and he doesn’t look to be slowing down.
  • Olise had another near miss, this time from the right wing cutting back and forth on either foot before going with his left and dragging the side just wide.
  • Some quick build-up play from Brentford led to a dangerous cross where Wissa was unmarked and able to head home in the 88th minute to equalise. Neither Guehi nor Mitchell picked up the Brentford attacker which made it an easy finish.
  • Brentford turned up the pressure even more after this goal with Guaita having to make an important save.
  • Ben Mee also saw his effort on goal from a corner hit the crossbar. It could’ve so easily ended in a loss for Palace had these last couple of chances gone in.

Crystal Palace vs Brentford Highlights

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Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Match Report



Joachim Andersen and Erling Haaland speaking in their club kits

Crystal Palace went into the match with Manchester City as the only team to beat them at the Etihad at the 3:00 pm kickoff in the last 54. So, when Palace went 2-0 up in the first half, it felt like they may do it for the third time.

The Eagles were without top goalscorer for the season Wilfried Zaha as he was out with a knock to his knee. His absence was evident when City came out all guns blazing in the second half and Palace struggled to have any chances. 

Disappointingly, City came back just as they did against Newcastle the week before, however, this time they scored making the final score line 4-2.

Keep reading our Manchester City vs Crystal Palace report for the key events in the match and the highlights at the end.

First Half

  • Palace started the game strongly and Ayew won an early free-kick down the right just outside City’s box. Eze stepped up and whipped in a great ball, but it missed all the Palace players and ended up going in the net off of John Stones’. 1-0 to Palace.
  • Jordan Ayew was involved again when he shielded the ball out for a Palace corner but he caught Cancelo in the face with his arm/elbow. No card was given and Palace took the corner.
  • Eze whipped in another great ball from the corner and Andersen headed it home to make it 2-0 to the away side.
  • Some excellent build-up play from Palace led to Doucoure getting the ball just outside of their box, he launched a powerful shot but it was straight at Ederson.
  • Palace should have maybe had a third goal as Edouard sneakily took the ball out of Ederson’s hands as he went to roll it out. Ayew then passed it into the net, however, the ref had blown for a foul against Edouard. Whether the ball had fully left the keeper’s hands was contentious.

Second Half

  • City started the second half as expected, hungry to get a goal and start their comeback. With less than 10 minutes played, Bernardo Silva had got one back through a great run and then a shot that deflected off of Schlupp to go in.
  • Shortly after this first goal, Silva had another chance on his weaker right foot but he couldn’t get it on target to equalise.
  • Pep made two early changes bringing on Gundogan and Alvarez.
  • A cross into Palace’s box ended up finding Foden unmarked at the back post and having time to chip it back in for Haaland to attack it with his head and make it 2-2.
  • City looked dangerous and it wasn’t long until they went ahead. A short corner led to about five one-touch passes in the Palace penalty area with the ball eventually reaching Haaland at the back post for a tap-in. 3-2 to City.
  • Haaland got his hattrick after making a great run in between Andersen and Ward with Gundogan playing in a perfectly-weighted ball for the Norwegian to receive and then fire home with his left foot.

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Highlights

Crystal Palace can be proud of their first-half performance against City away from home, it was just a shame that they couldn’t hold onto their lead. Manchester City’s quality shone in the second half easily equalising and then getting the winners.

If you want to watch the highlights from the match, you can do so below.

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