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.
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.
Crystal Palace vs Watford Match Report
Roy Hodgson returned to Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon with Watford to face The Eagles. Palace won 1-0 and probably would have scored a couple more if it wasn’t for some good saves from Ben Foster.
Watford’s place in the Premier League was pretty much already up before the match, but the loss here confirmed that. Watford looked poor with sloppy passes all over the pitch and not enough service to their attacking players.
They’ll now be on the hunt for a new manager for the 2022/23 Championship campaign as Hodgson already confirmed that he won’t be there next season. It was great to see that he got a warm welcome from the Palace fans, although the balloons did halt the start of the match.
- Guehi almost scored from an Olise cross but it bounced onto the top of the net. If only he could’ve got over it a bit more.
- Eze won the ball back well and then played in Olise who went for goal but the Palace fans watched it sail over. Zaha and Edouard were available to the left and right calling for it too.
- Zaha had a scuffed effort on goal. Too easy for Foster. Palace looked dominant in the first 10 minutes.
- Penalty for Palace as the ball hit the arm of Kamara in the area. VAR took a long time to confirm it as the defender claimed that there was a push from Olise. It was a gentle touch, definitely not a foul. Zaha stepped up and calmly converted it passed Foster to make it a deserved 1-0.
- Watford’s first real effort was a free header for Samir but the ball got a deflection and went out for a corner.
- Guehi had another great chance to get on the scoreboard from a header. But it was a good reaction save from Foster.
- Zaha played in Olise who wasn’t on his favoured foot and had an effort on goal, Foster pushed it over for a comer but it was probably going over anyway.
- Guehi went down injured at the end of the first half but after a few minutes of stoppage and some treatment he was fine to carry on.
- Some great footwork from Edouard allowed him to wriggle away from the defenders and get a shot away which went through Foster’s legs but hit the post and bounced out.
- Gallagher came off for Schlupp in the 62nd minute.
- Hughes went in late and picked up a yellow card. He’s never afraid to go hard into a tackle so it wasn’t surprising that he picked up a card.
- Red card for Kamara after picking up a second yellow both from having to deal with Olise down Palace’s right side. Not a good day for him after giving away the penalty and getting sent off.
- Guehi was forced off with an injury in the 71st minute. Mitchell came on for him and went to left back with Ward going inside to left centre back.
- Mateta got 10 minutes after coming on for Zaha in the 82nd minute.
- King got booked after a late barge on Andersen. No need for it and this summed up Watford’s frustrating afternoon.
- Olise whipped in a ball that found Mateta who headed low but Foster got down to save it well.
- Schlupp was played in and had the strength to hold off the defender before getting a shot on target. Foster was there again to deny Palace another goal.
- Olise got booked for a cynical trip on Sema as he went to break on the counter.
Crystal Palace vs Watford Match Summary
Crystal Palace were dominant from the start and Watford never looked like a threat going forward. The 1-0 scoreline was favourable for The Hornets, but it did mean that they join Norwich in being relegated to the Championship.
Vieira’s men can be happy with the performance and the win, but they’ll be wanting to continue this winning run right up until the end of the season. We’ll have to wait and see the extent of Guehi’s injury too.
You can watch the highlights of the match below.
Southampton vs Crystal Palace Match Report
Southampton and Crystal Palace were two teams that had almost guaranteed another season in the Premier League, but a win for either side would likely secure their safety. The Saints went 1-0 up from a James Ward-Prowse corner finding Romeu in the middle. Which wasn’t surprising as Palace have one of the worst records in the league for conceding from set-pieces.
Southampton were the better side in the first half with Palace’s defence looking pressed at times. However, The Eagles were rampant after the break and Eze managed to get the equaliser in the 60th minute.
Wilfried Zaha didn’t start which was a surprise to see, but he came on shortly after the goal and managed to steal the game at the death with a great individual goal in injury time. The final score was 2-1 to Palace which takes them up to 41 points in 12th place.
Keep reading to see the key events in the game and our player ratings for the match here.
- Romeu opened the scoring for Southampton in the first 10 minutes. Ward-Prowse delivered a great corner in and the midfielder was there to head it against the crossbar and watch it bounce in. It was a powerful header, but Guaita should’ve maybe got a glove to it.
- Some good hold-up play by Mateta led to a Palace attack and Bednarek getting a yellow card. However, the referee also Mateta booked for aggression after the challenge from the Southampton defender
- Schlupp delivered a great ball into the area from the left and Gallagher arrived late but couldn’t head on target.
- Guaita looked uncomfortable with a few passes back to him on his left foot. One from Eze he kicked out of play for a corner as he was put under pressure from the Southampton striker.
- Some nice link-up play between Schlupp and Mateta led to the Frenchman getting a good shot away, but Forster saved it easily at his near post.
- Ayew was called up for a sliding studs-up tackle on the edge of the Southampton area and rightly received a yellow card.
- Gallagher crossed the ball and a deflection off Ward-Prowse looked like it was going to take in over Forster for a second but it went just over the bar.
- A late chance in the first half from a corner from Eze found Ayew who glanced it on goal. Forster parried it away but only as far as McArthur who managed another headed effort on goal, but the Southampton keeper saved it comfortably.
- Early pressure from Palace led to a penalty appeal from a cross and a chance for Mateta from another Gallagher ball in.
- Bednarek was all over Eze on the halfway line with both arms around him and really should’ve had another yellow. Lucky for him that it was still early in the second half so the ref let it go.
- A chance fell to Schlupp but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet to score a tap in on the edge of the 6-yard box.
- Ayew played in Clyne on the overlap and the right-back swung in a great ball which found Eze at the back post. He hit it first time with his left foot and it went between the legs of Forster to make it 1-1 to Palace. This was Eze’s first goal in 11 months!
- Zaha came on for Mateta in the 64th minute although it looked like Eze was going to make way before he got the equaliser.
- Gallagher was furious after being taken down in the penalty area with the ref waving it away. VAR deemed that there wasn’t enough in it for a penalty, maybe this was because Gallagher was already stumbling when the challenge came in.
- Another chance for Palace in the 73rd minute as Schlupp came off for Olise.
- Zaha played a great through ball to Olise who could’ve shot with his right but he tried to cut it back onto his favoured left foot which allowed the defender to make a vital tackle.
- Will Hughes got a run out after he came on for the goal scorer Eze in the 83rd minute.
- McArthur played the ball into Zaha who had his back to goal on the edge of the area. He had a lot to do, but he managed to turn with two touches, get a shot away, and watched it hit the post and go in! Taking Palace 2-1 up in the 92nd minute of the match.
This was Crystal Palace’s first win from behind all season something that Patrick Vieira would’ve wanted to change and Zaha did exactly that. A great effort from The Eagles and it was great to see the amount of quality on the bench today.
You can see the short match highlights below:
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