Jack Butland – 7
Butland continued in goal for the cup competitions and he did a good job. He dealt with all chances comfortably but was never truly tested by Everton.
Nathaniel Clyne – 7
Clyne was solid when he was called upon. Most of Everton’s attacks came from the right-hand side so it seemed like Clyne wasn’t that involved, especially in the first half. Though he did what he had to do and has proven a solid replacement whilst Ward has been injured.
Joachim Andersen – 7
Andersen was composed on the ball and made fewer passing errors compared to Guehi. All-round a great performance from the Dane once again.
Marc Guehi – 7.5
Guehi started the game getting caught in possession a couple of times with Everton’s high press. He gave the ball away too with some poor passes but made up for this with the opening goal. After the first 20 minutes, he looked more comfortable on the ball and helped Palace to control the game from the back.
Tyrick Mitchell – 6
Looked uncomfortable under Everton’s early pressure as he gave away a few stray passes. Seemed more comfortable after Townsend went off and Gordon replaced him on the right-wing. Still a good performance for the youngster who keeps improving.
Conor Gallagher – 8
Gallagher took a beating in the match, a boot in the face, and many late challenges, but he didn’t let that dampen his fighting spirit. His work rate was phenomenal as usual and he put in a full 90 minutes.
Cheikhou Kouyate – 7
Early in the game, Kouyate was under a lot of pressure as was the Palace defence. But he grew into the game and helped to control the game once the eagles went a goal up.
Eberechi Eze – 7
Eze replaced Schlupp on the left of the middle three due to him being suspended and for a more attacking player, he still delivered from a defensive point of view. He also got to show how comfortable he is on the ball and there was some great play between him and Zaha down the left-wing.
Michael Olise – 7.5
Took a bit to get into the game but that was the whole Palace team now just him. Still, he ended up assisting from the corner and keeping the ball in beautifully leading up to it. His shooting wasn’t on target at all though and this is something he clearly needs to work on. Still, every week he shows more of what he’s capable of, he even almost scored from a corner.
Jean-Philippe Mateta – 8
Another goal in the FA Cup for Mateta put Palace two up and it was well taken first time with his left foot. He showed his strength and how good his hold-up play can be when the ball comes into his feet. He’s definitely going to keep improving with more games.
Wilfried Zaha – 8
Zaha looked like a completely different player from last year, chasing down the keeper and last defenders he showed a real hunger. He managed to assist for Mateta’s goal and then scored himself after Olise’s shot rebounded off the post. We were also impressed by his defensive work rate, he looks more like a team player this season.
Luka Milivojevic – 6
He got stuck in straight away when he came on with a couple of strong tackles. With 2 goals to the good, his defensive experience was a great benefit to have.
Odsonne Edouard – 7
He was involved in the build-up for the third and fourth goals and looked confident even without a lot of game time recently. It was clear that he’s a talented player even in the 20 minutes he had on the pitch.
Christian Benteke – 6
Got a short run out and was involved in the build-up to the final goal but didn’t have enough time to make a mark on the game.
Will Hughes – 7
Didn’t get much game time but he started the move that eventually led to his goal after Gallagher’s shot was saved.
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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