Jack Butland – 7
There were spells when Villa’s attack challenged Butland but he did well to keep them out. The goal wasn’t his fault as there wasn’t much he could do to stop it from going in.
Nathaniel Clyne – 7
Looked good going forward more as the right wing back and could have even scored if one of his efforts from outside the box had gone in. Maybe should have gotten closer to Digne as his cross led to Villa’s goal.
Cheikhou Kouyate – 6.5
Played out of his usual position and didn’t look 100% comfortable when it came to one on ones. Still, his physical presence was good to have in defence, winning headers and helping Palace not to concede from a set piece for once.
Joachim Andersen – 7
The Dane played a major part in Palace’s goal as he dropped to the back post and crossed the ball back in from Gallagher’s free kick which found Guehi and then Schlupp. Solid defending from him too at the back.
Marc Guehi – 6
Hard to say that he was at fault for Watkins’ goal, but he could’ve done more to put off the Villa striker. Or he should’ve appealed harder for a foul against him as Watkins had a hold of his shirt. He still looked comfortable along with Andersen at the back and got the assist for Palace’s goal heading it on to Schlupp.
Tyrick Mitchell – 6
Back in the starting lineup this week and with the opportunity to attack higher down the left due to the 3-5-2 formation. Didn’t look fully back to his best, but he has been lacking match time.
Conor Gallagher – 6.5
Gallagher got another booking making it his 12th yellow card of the season, something that he’ll need to work on. Although it’s great that he’s always trying to get involved. Had a headed effort on goal that was deflected out for a corner and was allowed to run a lot with Milivojevic sitting as the holding defensive midfielder.
Luka Milivojevic – 7
He controlled the play for Palace in front of the back three allowing Eze and Gallagher to press higher up the pitch. Solid performance from the captain who hasn’t had much game time this season.
Eberechi Eze – 7.5
Eze is looking better each week he plays now and he was one of Palace’s best players in this match. He played some great through balls and even carried the ball well to attack the Villa defence.
Wilfried Zaha – 7
Zaha did well even with the fact that Villa had made him a target in the match. Had a good effort on saved by Martinez and carried the ball well when he had the chance. Had a constant battle with John McGinn throughout the match.
Jean-Phillippe Mateta – 6
Got the nod to start ahead of Edouard but he didn’t get fully involved in the first half. The Frenchman looked better in the second half but was subbed off for Edouard in the 71st minute.
Odsonne Edouard – N/A
Jeffrey Schlupp – 8
Came on and got the goal for Palace to make it level. A real poacher’s instinct to be in the 6-yard box at the right time to poke it home. He did make a poor clearance at the back when Villa attacked at the end though, gifting it straight back to them to come again.
Christian Benteke – N/A
Ayew Heading to World Cup With Ghana
Jordan Ayew has been included in Ghana’s World Cup 2022 squad along with his brother Andre. Ayew is a trustworthy player who doesn’t mind putting a shift in for his club and country. Having helped Ghana to qualify for the World Cup, it was expected that Ayew would be included in the 26-man squad travelling to Qatar.
Ghana had a disappointing time at the Africa Cup of Nations this year finishing bottom of their group. They’ll be hoping to change this at the World Cup as the fans will still remember the heartache at the 2010 World Cup when they lost to Uruguay in the semi-final.
Coincidentally, Uruguay are in the same group as Ghana along with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Heung Min Son’s South Korea. They have the largest odds to get out of the group so there’s not much hope for the West African country. But, you never know what’s going to happen in tournament football.
Unfortunately, fellow Palace teammate and Ghana international, Jeffrey Schlupp, didn’t make the squad even though he’s a versatile player.
If Ghana drop out of the competition early, we could see Ayew back in training with the Palace squad as they have a friendly home match against Botafogo in December. That said, Vieira will likely give the two players heading to the World Cup, Ayew and Andersen (Denmark), extra time off to recover from the intense run of matches they’re likely to have.
Schlupp Misses Out On Ghana World Cup Squad
Jeffrey Schlupp has been a key player for Ghana over the past few years, but he has been left out of the squad for the upcoming World Cup. This is a surprise to many, as Schlupp is a versatile player who can provide play in both attacking and defensive midfield roles.
It is thought that Ghana manager Otto Addo has opted for other options in those positions, which has seen Schlupp miss out on selection. He was originally included in the 55-man preliminary squad and most Ghanaians and football fans thought he’d be called up, but for some reason hasn’t been.
He’s played regularly this season for Crystal Palace so it’s not a case that he’s lacking match fitness or has picked up an injury in recent weeks. Schlupp who won the Premier League with Leicester back in 2016 would’ve been a great player to have in the squad, even if he wasn’t in the starting eleven.
His fellow teammate at Palace, Jordan Ayew, did make the Ghana squad so he’ll be representing The Eagles from Qatar even if Schlupp won’t be.
Schlupp will now have some time off in the break before the first match back for Palace which is on Boxing Day. He’ll also keep training with the team and they have two friendlies scheduled, one against Napoli in Turkey and another at Selhurst Park against Botafogo. This was easy to schedule due to John Textor owning shares in both Palace and the Brazilian side.
There’s also a chance for a third friendly against Spanish side Real Valladolid, but it still needs to be finalised. Vieira described these matches and training camp as “a mini pre-season before getting ready for the Fulham game” which is to be played on the 26th of December.
Guehi & Mitchell Miss Out On England World Cup 2022 Squad
With only one Premier League match left before the break for the Winter World Cup, Gareth Southgate has announced his 26-man squad for the tournament. Crystal Palace duo Marc Guehi and Tyrick Mitchell who have both earned caps for England in the past have missed out.
Mitchell was mentioned more so than Guehi this time around as a backup for Luke Shaw as Ben Chilwell is out injured. Mitchell hasn’t had the best start to the season for Palace and Southgate likes the experience that Kieran Trippier offers even as a left-back.
Fikayo Tomori is another centre-back that missed out alongside Marc Guehi and he won the Serie A with AC Milan last season. James Tarkowski is another defender that didn’t make it whereas Conor Coady has made it into the squad. Harry Maguire has made the squad even though he’s not had as many minutes as he would have liked since Erik Ten Hag came in.
Chelsea midfielder and former Crystal Palace player, Conor Gallagher, has made the squad which has meant that James Ward-Prowse misses out. Gallagher is playing more under Potter than he did under Tuchel at the start of the season and his form at Palace last season was probably what made Southgate pick him.
With one Premier League match left before the break, there’s still a chance that any of these 26 pick-up injuries forcing Southgate to make changes before the team flies out for the tournament.
- Aaron Ramsdale
- Jordan Pickford
- Nick Pope
- Conor Coady
- Harry Maguire
- John Stones
- Kieran Trippier
- Luke Shaw
- Ben White
- Kyle Walker
- Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Eric Dier
- Conor Gallagher
- Mason Mount
- Declan Rice
- Jude Bellingham
- Kalvin Phillips
- Jordan Henderson
- Harry Kane
- Raheem Sterling
- Callum Wilson
- Bukayo Saka
- Jack Grealish
- Marcus Rashford
- Phil Foden
- James Maddison
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