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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Match Report

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Zaha kissing his hand after scoring the penalty against Arsenal

Crystal Palace hosted Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Monday night and managed to thump the Gunners 3-0! This makes Palace unbeaten in the last seven matches and will give the players huge confidence going into the next match with Leicester and the FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea. Before the game Palace were 3/1 underdogs as Arsenal were expected to get the win as they’re competing for a place in next year’s Champions League.

Zaha and Olise were both doubts going into the match, but Zaha featured and got his goal after being brought down for the penalty. Vieira stated in his post-match press conference that Michael Olise’s foot injury will most likely keep him out of the next game too. Jordan Ayew started on the right-wing and looked hungry to show what he can do when called upon. 

Keep reading to see the key points of the match and you can also see our player ratings for the team by following that link.

First Half

  • Palace started well taking the game to Arsenal. Within minutes Ramsdale who has just got back from an injury was being pressured by Gallagher and making an error.
  • Arsenal had some early breaks themselves though with Lacazette and Smith-Rowe almost linking up for the England international to get a chance on goal.
  • Clyne tried to play in Zaha on the right, but it didn’t come off. Still, there were early signs that Palace were brimming with confidence.
  • Lacazette again with a nice ball this time to Saka on Arsenal’s right-wing, but Mitchell read it well and was able to intercept.
  • Arsenal managed to get more of the ball, but Palace’s structure remained strong making it hard to break them down.
  • Zaha was brought down for Palace’s first free-kick of the match by Ben White even though he had his back to the goal and was over 30 yards out. No need for it, but it led to this…
  • Conor Gallagher delivered the free-kick deep to the back post where it hit an Arsenal defender and then Andersen on the head, but it went back across the penalty area for JP Mateta to head it past Ramsdale. Not the finest assist, but a goal nonetheless, Palace 1-0 up in the 16th minute of the match.
  • Palace looked even more confident after this goal with Zaha doing tricks on the left-wing.
  • Palace kept up the press and in the 24th minute, they went 2 up with another assist from centre-half Andersen. Mitchell went back to Guehi with the throw-in and was immediately calm under pressure from Lacazette in Arsenal’s half managing to play it back to Andersen on the halfway line. He let the ball run across his body before hitting it first time to Jordan Ayew who had made a great run inside took one touch and then slotted it home with his left foot.
  • Gallagher was back defending as Partey went to strike an effort on goal but the England international successfully blocked it. The ball fell to Saka who crossed it in but Lacazette couldn’t find the target with his header.
  • Arsenal had more of the ball with Smith-Rowe trying to make ground on the left side but Clyne stood him up and nothing came from it.
  • Schlupp played in Zaha down the left-centre but White managed to cover an effort on goal so he cut it back to Mateta on the edge of the area who had a shot on goal, but Ramsdale managed to parry it away to safety.
  • Right before half-time Palace were almost allowing Arsenal to keep the ball in the middle of the pitch as they weren’t creating any dangerous attacks with it.

Second Half

  • Arteta took off left-back Tavares and brought on Martinelli at half-time for some extra firepower, but this meant that Xhaka had to move to left-back.
  • Martinelli immediately looked like a threat dribbling outside the Palace penalty area before laying off Lacazette who claims he was fouled in the area, but the referee waved it away. The VAR check was over quickly as it clearly wasn’t a penalty.
  • Gallagher shows great energy again pressing Ramsdale after he took a heavy touch from Gabriel’s shinned back-pass.
  • Schlupp went on a great run warding off three Arsenal players before Thomas Partey was forced to bring him down on the edge of the area and get a yellow card.
  • Andersen stepped up to take the free-kick and drove it on target but straight at Aaron Ramsdale who saved it easily.
  • Saka looked like the one player who could create something out of nothing for Arsenal, as he managed to skip past Mitchell, cut inside and then have an effort on goal that sailed too high over.
  • Martinelli was the other Arsenal thread who looked lively on the left, he managed to find Lacazette who lost the ball but it fell to Smith-Rowe who had a soft chance easily saved by Guaita.
  • Arsenal had another chance from this left side with Nketiah and Saka linking up and eventually finding Odegaard in the area, but his effort went wide of the goal.
  • In the 69th minute, Vieira made his first change bringing on McArthur for goalscorer Mateta. A defensive switch as the Eagles manager didn’t want a repeat of earlier in the season at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Arsenal had the majority of the possession in the second half, but couldn’t manage to do a whole lot with it.
  • Nketiah made another cross from Arsenal’s left side, but Mitchell managed to clear it towards the halfway line. Zaha took the ball from Partey and drove at the Arsenal defence before being taken down in the box by Odegaard who had tracked back to defend. The referee waited a few seconds and then gave the penalty. VAR check didn’t take long as it was clear that Zaha’s standing leg was pulled away from under him.
  • Zaha stepped up to take the penalty and made Ramsdale go the wrong way, 3-0 to the Eagles!
  • A few minutes after the goal Palace made a second change with Edouard on for Ayew. Partey also came off for Lokonga for Arsenal.
  • Saka caused more trouble down the left forcing Guaita to make a save which then fell to Smith-Rowe who had his effort blocked by Guehi. Palace were lucky to not concede, but the referee blew for offside after this anyway.
  • Palace made their final change with Milivojevic coming on for Kouyate in the centre of the park.
  • The last real Arsenal chance came from Xhaka who had a 30-yard drive on goal but Guaita could easily watch it fly over.
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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Highlights

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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

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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

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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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