Crystal Palace deepen Sheffield United’s misery with 2-0 win

Chris Wilder’s side remain on the brink of a record points low come the end of season as Palace ended a five-game Premier League losing streak.

The hosts were clearly the sharper of the two sides early on as Roy Hodgson’s hosts deservedly edged in front on five minutes.

Christian Benteke’s deflected shot ricocheted around the United box and Jeff Schlupp coolly waited for his chance to tuck past Aaron Ramsdale.

That goal failed to spark either side into life before the break with substitute Eberechi Eze waiting until first half added time to make it 2-0.

The former QPR star has enjoyed an eye-catching start at Palace and he dipped in and out of Blades tackles from halfway before bending home past Ramsdale.

Wilder threw on Lys Mousset and Rhian Brewster for the final half hour to inject some urgency into things, but they could do nothing as the Blades took another step inevitable step closer to the drop.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 2 Sheffield United 0

Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace v Sheffield United

The sides share a very even record in the Premier League head-to-head, with 2 wins apiece.

Last season though it was The Blades who came out on top, completing a league double over the Eagles, winning both games 1-0.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Roy Hodgson’s side after their 1-1 draw with Leicester in midweek.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder though is keeping his fingers crossed for the results from the latest round of coronavirus testing.

United’s clash with Burnley went ahead on Tuesday despite two players and several members of staff testing positive for Covid-19.

The club’s players underwent more testing on Thursday and, although no-one else has shown symptoms, Wilder admitted he would not be surprised if Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace is not able to go ahead.

If it does, the game at Selhurst Park on Saturday is the Premier League’s only 3 o’clock kick off.

Premier League: Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City

With the two sides in action on Boxing Day, a total of 12 changes were made by both managers at Selhurst Park, with James Maddison a notable absentee from the Foxes squad and Jamie Vardy on the bench.

Palace dropped five of the players involved in the 3-0 loss at Aston Villa, three of them defenders.

James Tomkins, who had not started for Palace since February due to a thigh injury, was slow to react when Luke Thomas raced into the area and he brought the defender down.

Referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot but Guaita was the hero for the hosts with a strong right hand thwarting Iheanacho from 12 yards.

The hosts came out with better intent for the second period and further good work by Schlupp against his former club created an opening for Zaha, who fired over from 20 yards.

Palace opened the scoring in the 58th minute.

Zaha was fouled but managed to find Townsend in space on the right and picked himself up to get into the area in time to be found by his team-mate.

The Palace attacker showed excellent technique to volley past Kasper Schmeichel for his eighth goal of the season – doubling his 2019/20 tally only 16 league games into this campaign.

Eventually, Leicester found an equaliser through one of the four players to start against United two days earlier.

Barnes created a yard of space outside the area and drilled into the bottom corner – but no winner was forthcoming and the visitors had to settle for a point, although they do move up to second.

Premier League: Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City

With the two sides in action on Boxing Day, a total of 12 changes were made by both managers at Selhurst Park, with James Maddison a notable absentee from the Foxes squad and Jamie Vardy on the bench.

Palace dropped five of the players involved in the 3-0 loss at Aston Villa, three of them defenders.

James Tomkins, who had not started for Palace since February due to a thigh injury, was slow to react when Luke Thomas raced into the area and he brought the defender down.

Referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot but Guaita was the hero for the hosts with a strong right hand thwarting Iheanacho from 12 yards.

The hosts came out with better intent for the second period and further good work by Schlupp against his former club created an opening for Zaha, who fired over from 20 yards.

Palace opened the scoring in the 58th minute.

Zaha was fouled but managed to find Townsend in space on the right and picked himself up to get into the area in time to be found by his team-mate.

The Palace attacker showed excellent technique to volley past Kasper Schmeichel for his eighth goal of the season – doubling his 2019/20 tally only 16 league games into this campaign.

Eventually, Leicester found an equaliser through one of the four players to start against United two days earlier.

Barnes created a yard of space outside the area and drilled into the bottom corner – but no winner was forthcoming and the visitors had to settle for a point, although they do move up to second.

Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace v Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers’ side were held to a 2-2 Boxing Day draw with Manchester United at the King Power and three points in this would take them back to second.

Despite such a hectic run of recent matches, Rodgers is expected to stick with the same starting team with Ayoze Perez the only likely change.

As for Palace, Roy Hodgson will be worried by his team’s recent dip in form, with just one win in five heading into this.

The former England coach has no new updates on the injury front with Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham still out.

But James McCarthy and Andros Townsend could return to the side as Hodgson looks to turn their fortunes around.

And Kick Off in this one is set for 3pm on December 28th at Selhurst Park.

Liverpool HAMMER Crystal Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park

Two goals each for Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah powered the Reds to their best ever win in the Premier League, on a dominant day at Selhurst Park.

Jurgen Klopp’s team were on top form right from the off in this one as forgotten man Takumi Minamino slotted home Sadio Mane’s pass after just three minutes.

But despite taking their foot off the gas after that, the visitors eventually found themselves three up at the break, as Mane powered home Firmino’s pass and the Brazilian calmly poked home Andy Robertson’s delivery.

Palace did look to try and fight from some pride after the restart, but with Liverpool in this type of form there was simply no answer from Roy Hodgson’s side.

Skipper Jordan Henderson cushioned home his first of the season from Trent Alexander Arnold’s pass
before the brilliant Firmino made it five just after the hour.

Klopp threw on Salah to give Palace a few more nightmares in the last 30 and the Egyptian’s pass was cleverly dinked home by Firmino.

And with Mane and Firmino both enjoying brilliant afternoons in South London, Salah was not to be left out in final ten minutes.

Liverpool’s top scorer this season stayed alive in the box to nod home Joel Matip’s knockdown before he curled home the goal of the day to make it a magnificent seven for Klopp.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 0 Liverpool 7

Premier League: Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles had to settle for a draw in Wednesday’s game against West Ham, with a Seb Haller wonder goal securing the Hammers a point.

Ebere Eze looked spritely throughout and Palace can feel disappointed they didn’t leave the London Stadium with more after another positive performance.

The 1-1 result mirrored the scoreline from last weekend’s game against Spurs, who tasted defeat in their midweek endeavours – a top of the table clash with Liverpool.

The Reds secured all three points in the biggest game of the season thanks to a 90th minute Roberto Firmino header – the Brazilian has been criticised for not scoring enough goals of late – but there was no doubting the importance of that strike as Liverpool’s remarkable Anfield unbeaten run extends to 66 games.

Liverpool leapfrogged Spurs to go top of the Premier League standings with the 2-1 victory, as Jurgen Klopp looks to maintain the Reds’ top flight crown – last season’s title win the club’s first in 30 years.

The Merseysiders have come close before then, though, most recently in the 2013-14 season under the guidance of now Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.

Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea is what everyone remembers, but Palace fans won’t forget their remarkable comeback from 3-0 behind against the Reds that season.

Largely orchestrated by Dwight Gayle, the Eagles succeeded in snatching a 3-3 draw and thus throwing Liverpool’s title charge that season off course.

Jurgen Klopp still has a large injury list, with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk long term absentees.

Naby Keita missed the Tottenham game, as did James Milner, Diogo Jota, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Joe Matip was also ruled out with a back problem but may have recovered in time to play against Palace.

Roy Hodgson remains without defenders Nathan Ferguson and Mamadou Sakho, with Martin Kelly and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey also on the sidelines.

Crystal Palace won’t have Christian Benteke available to them for the visit of Liverpool either, after the Belgium striker picked up a suspension for a red card in the West Ham game midweek.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool is a 12.30pm kick off on Saturday 19th December.

Crystal Palace clinch late 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham

Despite leading for the majority of the game in South London, thanks to Harry Kane’s early goal, they were punished late on as Jeff Schlupp snatched a point for Palace.

Both teams looked bright and breezy in the early stages as Hugo Lloris denied Wilf Zaha and Vicente Guaita sprang into to life to save from Tanguy Ndombele.

But with no real early pattern forming in the opening half hour a thunderbolt from Kane brought the contest into life.

Son slipped him into space around 30 yards from goal and with Guaita slightly out of position Kane opened up his body and smashed one beyond him.

That goal allowed Spurs’ first half confidence to soar before the break with Guaita called into action to make a double stop from Steven Bergwijn and Ndombele.

Tottenham set their stall out to preserve that one goal advantage after the break as Palace battled hard to squeeze out a breakthrough.

Roy Hodgson’s team did look to up the tempo late on as Lloris denied Zaha and Christian Benteke, before Schlupp eventually forced home that all important equaliser.

Eberechi Eze’s whipped free kick was fumbled by the normally unflappable Lloris and Schlupp prodded into the empty net.

Spurs did almost flip the game back on its head in added time but Guaita came to Palace’s rescue with a cat like stop from Kane.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham 1

Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace v Tottenham

Mourinho is doing everything in his power to dampen down talk of a title push but his side have looked very slick in recent weeks.

He opted to change his full starting Xi for the Europa League win over Royal Antwerp in midweek and he will recall all his big hitters to face Palace.

Serge Aurier will undergo a late fitness check on a groin issue but if the Ivorian does miss out, Matt Doherty will return to the starting team.

For Palace, Roy Hodgson’s team will be full of confidence after putting five past West Brom last weekend.

And being the king of consistency that he is, the former England could name an unchanged starting line up with Cheikhou Kouyate continuing to fil in at centre back.

Kick Off is 2.15pm tomorrow at Selhurst Park

Newcastle secure late 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace

Three points for the Magpies ends poor run on the road for Steve Bruce, with late strikes from Joelinton and Callum Wilson securing a crucial three points.

Neither side created much in poor opening half hour in South London, with Joelinton’s long range strike testing Vicente Guaita.

Palace did slowly edge themselves into the game before the break, with Eberechi Eze and Jeff Schlupp both denied by Karl Darlow.

That sense of frustration continued for both teams after the restart, before Palace missed a huge chance to take the lead.

Christian Benteke shook off two Newcastle defender to connect with Patrick van Aanholt’s cross but his header was well stopped by Darlow.

That let off opened the door for Newcastle, and Wilson raced on Joelinton’s pass to expertly slot past Guaita.

And the Brazilian got the goal his hard work deserved in added time as his deflected wrongfooted Guaita and sealed the win for Bruce.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 2

Premier League: Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

Selhurst Park has not been a happy hunting ground for Newcastle in recent times, with the Magpies without a victory at Crystal Palace in their previous five Premier League visits.

As for the Eagles, Friday night football has not been kind to them, having failed to win any of their last 12 top flight fixtures played on a Friday.

Crystal Palace head in to the encounter two points better off than their opponents, yet similarly to Newcastle struggling to find consistent Premier League form.

Toon boss Steve Bruce is drawing criticism from sections of the Newcastle fan base due to the perceived negative nature of the football, with a poor performance against Crystal Palace likely to intensify the scrutiny.

Roy Hodgson meanwhile is out of contract at Crystal Palace in the summer and many Eagles supporters are interested to see the direction the club takes from a managerial perspective when that time comes.

Palace were without Wilfried Zaha in their last Premier League game, a 1-0 loss at Burnley on Monday night, with the Ivorian testing positive for coronavirus and having to withdraw from the squad. It is likely Zaha will sit out this match too.

That leaves Hodgson likely to call upon summer signing Ebere Eze against Newcastle to deputise, although Eze may play further forward with Jeff Schlupp back in contention.

Newcastle are sweating on the fitness of Jamaal Lascelles after limping off in the defeat to Chelsea last time out, with the defender rated touch-and-go to feature.

A big boost for the Magpies though is the potential return of striker Callum Wilson, who remains the club’s top scorer this season with 6 goals.

Crystal Palace v Newcastle is an 8pm kick off on Friday 27 November.

Nathan Ferguson eyeing Crystal Palace comeback

The defender joined the Premier League club in the summer on a free transfer after he turned down a new contract with West Brom.

Ferguson had been set to join Palace in January, but an issue with his medical saw the move collapse before the 20-year-old did finally sign for the Eagles in July.

A knee issue has restricted the England youth player to only one appearance this year and boss Roy Hodgson recently admitted the club’s medical staff are being cautious with the right-back after he suffered one setback already.

But Ferguson, speaking at a Palace for Life Foundation event, said: “Short term, I want to get myself out of this injury and back to where I was or even better.

“Hopefully I can then implement myself into the team and help to develop other players while I’m also working hard myself.

“This is my first setback, I’ll come back and this will make me stronger through the rest of my career.”

During his time away from rehabilitation, the ex-Baggies player offered his support to the Palace for Life Foundation this week.

He spoke to a small group of children at Bandon Hill Meadow Field Primary School in Carshalton over a video call as part of the Team Mates programme.

The sessions are put on to encourage pupils to speak openly about how they are feeling and use positive psychology to help them become more resilient and improve their social skills.

“Communication is so important, it’s good to teach it from a young age so that they learn that it’s OK to talk about your feelings,” Ferguson added.

“Even if I can inspire just one kid, that’s good enough for me, hopefully I can encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and go on to do what they want to do when they’re older.”

Palace’s number 36 is one of several unavailable to manager Hodgson, but it failed to prevent the south Londoners beating Leeds 4-1 in the final match before the international break.

Captain Luka Milivojevic missed that fixture due to suspension and while he has two more matches of his ban to serve, the midfielder has now tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement from the Serbian FA read: “After regular testing performed on Monday after the arrival of the national team members of Serbia in Stara Pazova, it was determined that the captain of Crystal Palace, Luka Milivojevic, was positive for the Covid-19 virus.”

The 29-year-old, who was tested again on Tuesday and recorded another positive result, will self isolate in his home country before he is able to return to England.