Crystal Palace managed to hold Manchester City to a stalemate at Selhurst Park in what was a must-win game for the league leaders. Whilst the game finished 0-0 it definitely wasn’t a bore draw. With City dropping points too, it leaves them only 4 points ahead of second-placed Liverpool who also have a game in hand.
As always, Man City dominated possession in the match and had the majority of the chances. They even struck the woodwork twice in the game and Guardiola in his post-match press conference claimed that it was their fault that they couldn’t find the back of the net, not because kept them out. He even remarked on the grass not being perfect…but still Palace are the only team this season out of 27 that City didn’t manage to score against.
Keep reading to see the summary points for both halves.
- City started the match on the front foot, dominating possession but Palace kept their defensive shape making it hard to break them down.
- Palace’s first real effort came after Zaha pressured Walker into giving the ball away to Mateta. He found Olise driving forward on the right-hand side but his shot with the outside of his left foot was off target.
- Some tricky footwork from Mateta allowed him to get a shot away but it was deflected wide for a corner.
- Cancelo had a 30+ yard shot which rattled the post before bouncing out to Laporte who couldn’t get his effort on goal from 8 yards out.
- Shortly after Mahrez tested Guaita who saved the shot and Rodri’s follow-up effort hit a defender and went out for a corner.
- Early in the second half, Kouyate had a headed opportunity go wide from a Palace corner. Could have been 1-0 up if he’d found the target.
- City hit the post again when Kevin De Bruyne’s left-foot shot struck it only to rebound to Mahrez who had a shot on goal but Guaita made a great save to knock it over.
- Vieira made a double change in the 65th minute with Ayew on for Olise and Edouard on for Mateta.
- A great run from Grealish saw him zip the ball across the 6-yard box finding Bernardo Silva who couldn’t get enough on it to put it on goal.
- With 5 minutes of injury time added on, Zaha and Conor Gallagher harried the City defence and Gallagher managed to get a shot off but it was too high.
We think that the draw was deserved as Palace still had many chances even if City had the majority. The Eagles made it hard for Man City to break them down and this was because of a combined team effort. Whilst the away team managed to hit the woodwork twice, they couldn’t find the back of the net. Guaita had a great game, but in fact, so did every Palace player.
Vieira and the team will be pleased with the result before going into the FA Cup quarter-final match at home to Everton on Saturday.
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Highlights
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.
- 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.
- 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
Crystal Palace vs Brentford Match Report & Highlights
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.
- 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.
- 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
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Match Report
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.
- 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.
- 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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