The Foxes were too smart for The Eagles at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Leicester played a high press from the start which unsettled Palace. The home team had a game plan and by going up two goals just before halftime the visitors looked defeated already.
Though Palace came out much stronger in the second half and the introduction of Eze and McArthur made a difference. Vieira had used all three substitutes by the 57th minute so there wasn’t much he could change tactically later in the match.
Zaha missed two penalties due to retaking the first one, but he managed to head home on the rebound to make the match more exciting.
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- The first chance fell to Lookman for Leicester but he fired wide. Looked like he might have been offside anyway if had gone in. Leicester started the better side with a high press that unsettled Palace at times.
- Palace’s first effort came when Schlupp played in Zaha who looked to be away but he dragged the shot wide with his left foot. Mateta was in the middle and passing may have been a better option.
- A double foul on Zaha from Maddison and Justin as he picked up the ball on the left wing.
- Leicester midfielder, Mendy, went in late on Mateta on the halfway line. Should’ve been a yellow but the ref let him get away with it as it was still early in the game and his first bad tackle.
- A few stray passes from Andersen showed that Leicester’s high press was working, very unlike the Dane.
- Zaha played in Mateta who had Soyuncu in front of him and still managed to get a shot on goal. It was creeping into the bottom left corner if Schmeichel hadn’t made a strong left-handed save.
- Andersen should’ve found the target as he had a free header from Gallagher’s corner. He got the power perfect but not the accuracy to trouble his fellow Dane in goal.
- Palace had a scare as Mitchell went down and had to be checked by the physio. He got on with it after a couple of minutes and looked to be running fine.
- Shortly after, Mitchell got booked for a challenge that shouldn’t have even been a foul. This led to Mitchell being subbed off for Joel Ward in the 33rd minute. Mitchell didn’t look as if he’d picked up an injury, but Vieira confirmed after the match that it was a slight calf strain and so didn’t want to risk an injury with the FA Cup semi-final on the 17th of April.
- Dewsbury-Hall started the match brightly and it was his great through ball to Lookman that set up the goal. Lookman took two touches and slotted it home past Guaita to put Leicester 1-0 up in the 39th minute.
- Just a few minutes later, a slip from Guehi allowed Daka in who then got the ball to Dewsbury-Hall on the edge of the area. He managed to create space for himself and curled in a beautiful left-footed shot to score. Kouyate should’ve been tighter to him and not let him get the shot away.
- Leicester finished the second half strong with the two goals in five minutes. Plus, Maddison had an effort deflected wide shortly after the second goal.
- Leicester started the second half still on the front foot with Tielemans having an effort on goal which was comfortably saved by Guaita.
- Maddison went down in the area after a slight push in the back from Ward. VAR didn’t overturn the ref’s decision.
- Andersen gave the ball away and then slid in giving away a free kick on the edge of the area. Palace not dealing well with the pressure from Leicester.
- In the 57th minute, Vieira made two substitutes, McArthur on for Kouyate and Eze on for Gallagher.
- A short corner between Ayew and Eze led to Tielemans tripping Ayew in the box. The Leicester man plead his innocence but it was a clear trip.
- It was a poor penalty from Zaha who stuttered in the run-up and didn’t get a lot of power behind the shot. Schmeichel made a good save though.
- The penalty had to be retaken though as Soyuncu had encroached on the area before Zaha had kicked the ball.
- Schmeichel saved again as it was another poor penalty from Zaha who shot it straight at him. Zaha managed to convert from the rebound by heading it in though. 2-1 Leicester, the game got heated after all this commotion.
- A cynical challenge from Thomas on Ayew put him in the book and meant he had to play the rest of the match without picking up another yellow.
- In the 75th minute, Leicester made two changes with Iheanacho on for Daka and Barnes on for Lookman.
- After Palace applied pressure after the goal, Leicester then looked in control in the final 10 minutes and introduced Castagne in the 88th minute for Maddison.
Vieira would’ve been happy with the second-half performance, but the two first-half goals were too much to make up for. Palace seemed to be lacking something upfront and hopefully, Olise will manage to recover from his injury in time for the FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea.
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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