Crystal Palace Player Ratings vs Leicester
Vicente Guaita – 6
Both first-half goals were finished impeccably not giving Guaita a chance to save them. He also didn’t have a great deal to do in the whole game. He didn’t look calm with the ball at his feet, but the way Leicester pressed you can see why.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6
Clyne was up against Dewsbury-Hall who was in great form, but we’d say that Clyne was the best out of the back four in the game.
Joachim Andersen – 5
After an exceptional performance against Arsenal, Andersen was brought back down to earth versus Leicester. His passing accuracy was poor and he should’ve found the target with his headed effort from Gallagher’s corner.
Marc Guehi – 5
Guehi’s slip led to the second goal even though Dewsbury-Hall still had a lot to do. His passing wasn’t as good as normal due to the high press from Leicester. He still showed his calm play when turning an attacker in his own area.
Tyrick Mitchell – 6
Mitchell looked his usual solid self at left-back even with the high press from the home team. After needing medical treatment and then picking up an unjust yellow card straight after, Vieira replaced him for Joel Ward. Didn’t look like an injury more of a tactical change with the fa cup semi-final coming up next weekend.
Cheikhou Kouyate – 6
Kouyate should’ve got tighter to Dewsbury-Hall to block the shot that led to the second goal. He looked leggy which is unlike him and this is why Vieira brought on McArthur for him in the 57th minute. He’s had a busy season with Palace and won the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.
Jeffrey Schlupp – 6
Sometimes held on to the ball for too long and didn’t drive on as much as he usually does when he’s in a more attacking position. This was partly down to the fact Leicester were on the front foot more.
Jordan Ayew – 5
Ayew showed some signs of quality taking on players on the right-wing and winning the penalty. But, after his performance against Arsenal, we expected more from him in this game.
Conor Gallagher – 5
Gallagher was playing almost directly behind Mateta and pressing the Leicester defence when he got the chance. He didn’t look like his usual self though and this could be due to knowing that he won’t be playing in the FA Cup semi-final against his parent club, Chelsea.
Wilfried Zaha – 5
It was unlike Zaha to miss two penalties but he showed resilience by getting the goal on the rebound of the retake. He had to defend more than attack due to Leicester’s high press.
Jean-Philippe Mateta – 5
Mateta had a couple of efforts but he found it hard with Leicester being in control for most of the game. He should’ve gone to meet a cross from Ayew at the front post rather than letting it come to him allowing the keeper to collect it.
Joel Ward (33rd min for Mitchell) – 5
Came on at left-back for Mitchell and was quickly involved with a couple of fouls on Leicester players. Can tell that he’s lacking game time as he was out of position often and in general didn’t look comfortable against Leicester’s attack.
James McArthur (57th min for Kouyate) – 7
The introduction of McArthur helped to change the pace of the game in Palace’s favour. The captain put in a solid performance and we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him start on Sunday against Chelsea.
Eberechi Eze (57th min for Gallagher) – 7
Eze came on at the same time as McArthur and immediately made an impact going forward. With Gallagher ineligible for Sunday, he clearly wanted to prove his worth and did well in the 30+ minutes he played.
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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