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Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Spoils split

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  • Watford tops Palace in shots, 14-6
  • Zaha involved in two PK shouts
  • One of 2 PL matches on Saturday

Cagey sides Watford and Crystal Palace each picked up a point from a nil-nil draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Palace moves six points clear of the drop zone, while Watford is nine above 18th.

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Stefano Okaka headed a Troy Deeney cross off the cross bar in the fourth minute.

The match boiled over as Abdoulaye Doucoure, already booked, shoved Wilfried Zaha after the Ivorian hit the deck in the box after a 50/50 with Christian Kabasele.

Deeney hit a low drive into Wayne Hennessey‘s mitts as three minutes of first half stoppage began at Vicarage Road.

The second half snapped to life around the hour mark, and Luka Milivojevic whipped a free kick off the cross bar.

Zaha saw a 63rd minute yellow card for diving in a scrum of Watford bodies in what could’ve easily been a penalty for the Eagles.

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Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton: Eagles win thriller

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  • 5 goals in first 34 minutes
  • Zaha’s first-ever PL double
  • Palace move 6 points above drop

Crystal Palace beat Brighton 3-2 at Selhurst Park on Saturday in an enthralling M23 derby with massive implications on the relegation battle.

Palace went 2-0 up early as Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins scored, but Glenn Murray made it 2-1 then Zaha made it 3-1 in a wild opening. Jose Izquierdo then made it 3-2 before half time as the goals flew in amid flares being let off in an incredible atmosphere in south London.

With the win Palace move six points above the bottom three with four games to go, while Brighton slip back into the relegation scrap with plenty of tough games coming up and are just a point above Palace.

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That man Zaha put Palace ahead early on as the Eagles came flying out of the traps.

Zaha finished at the back post from Luka Milivojevic‘s clever short corner, as Palace had the perfect start against their bitter rivals.

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Soon it got even better for the Eagles as Tomkins made it 2-0 inside the opening 15 minutes. A mad scramble in the box fell to the center back and he finished.

But then Brighton scored with their first chance of the game.

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A corner was nodded down by Lewis Dunk and former Palace striker Murray was on hand to make it 2-1. Game on.

The goals kept flying in before half time as Zaha then grabbed his second and Palace’s third of the game with a fabulous header to restore their two goal advantage with just 24 minutes on the clock.

Before half time it was 3-2 as Jurgen Locadia played in Izquierdo who finished calmly for the fifth goal of the game. What an opening half.

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The second half was, well, a huge contrast to the first as Palace looked more likely to extend their lead and Brighton sat back initially.

Murray then had an effort as he stretched volley went just wide as the Seagulls grew into the game.

Late on Murray had another chance but it went missing, as Palace held on for a crucial win.

AT HALF: Thrills in the M23 Derby; Burnley nailing down 7th

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While two matches haven’t complied with Chelsea and Southampton’s early morning thriller, we’ve had a pair of beauties amongst the Premier League’s four 10 a.m. ET Saturday kickoffs.

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Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

The M23 Derby is nowhere near disappointing, with Wilfried Zaha scoring early and again to join James Tomkins in a trio of goals for the Selhurst Park set.

Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo have scored for the Gulls, the latter the latest in a series of gorgeous goals from the Colombian scorer (What a pass!).

Swansea City 0-1 Everton

It’s a Kyle Naughton own goal which has Swans down at home to Sam Allardyce‘s Toffees.

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Watford

Not much happening at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Burnley 2-0 Leicester City

Nick Pope‘s made a few terrific saves for Burnley, who looks set to finish 7th and qualify for the Europa League (as long as Southampton fails to win the FA Cup). Chris Wood and Kevin Long have the goals at Turf Moor, and the latter’s header was powerful.

Premier League roundup: Pogba stars in derby; Merseyside snoozer

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Double Derby Day started with a snooze and ended with Manchester snapping the day awake with Manchester United’s comeback win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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All that and more inside the Saturday roundup.

Manchester City 2-3 Manchester UnitedRECAP

The hosts looked comfortable and dominant in building a 2-0 halftime lead on goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan, but perhaps the pressure of knowing a derby win would clinch the league title was too much to handle for the blue side of Manchester.

Paul Pogba scored two goals in 97 seconds, Chris Smalling snatched a match-winner, and Alexis Sanchez played a role in all three goals as Jose Mourinho’s men stymied City’s title hopes for the time being with a thrilling 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool — RECAP

Sam Allardyce‘s Toffees couldn’t finish their chances against a “B Team” Liverpool which still controlled the ball and outshot Everton 10-6 in a dull Merseyside Derby draw.

 

Watford 1-2 Burnley RECAP

The Clarets won their fourth-straight in ensuring their status as a Europa League participant if seventh place qualifies for the tournament. Sam Vokes and Jack Cork scored twice in three minutes to lead a comeback after Roberto Pereyra put the Hornets in front. Burnley is six points clear of Leicester with six matches each to play.

Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

Christian Eriksen had a goal and an assist, and Harry Kane also started and scored as Spurs insured their Top Four hopes with a win at relegation-threatened Stoke City. Paul Lambert‘s men got a goal from Mame Biram Diouf, but are four points back of safety.

Leicester City 1-2 Newcastle United RECAP

Rafa Benitez never got his star striker in the transfer market, but has turned Newcastle United into a likely Premier League participant next season with terrific defense and creative play. Chelsea loanee Kenedy again starred, Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez both scored wondeful goals, and the Magpies moved into 10th, 10 points clear of the drop zone with a win. Jamie Vardy scored late to ruin Martin Dubravka‘s shutout.

 

Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace — RECAP

Lys Mousset and Joshua King each scored equalizers, the latter quite late in the match, as Bournemouth managed a point against Roy Hodgson‘s resilient Eagles. Wilfried Zaha and Luka Milivojevic each scored stunners for Palace.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Swansea CityRECAP

Jay Rodriguez scored for caretaker manager Darren Moore, but Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham nabbed a point for 15th place Swans. The Welsh side finishes the day four points clear of the drop zone.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Huddersfield TownRECAP

A quarter hour with a man advantage wasn’t enough for Huddersfield Town to complete its comeback bid at the Amex Stadium. Solly March scored early for hosts Brighton, who saw Davy Propper sent off for a tackle on Jonathan Hogg after the Gulls gifted an equalizer to Steve Mounie.

Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace: Back-and-forth

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  • Milivojevic scores free kick
  • Zaha also nabs beauty
  • Cherries come back from 1-0, 2-1

Joshua King and Lys Mousset each scored equalizers as Bournemouth nabbed a point against desperate Crystal Palace in a 2-2 match at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha scored superb goals for Palace, which moves five points clear of the drop zone.

Bournemouth is eight clear, in 11th place with 38 points.

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Callum Wilson had a decent early chance for Bournemouth, but couldn’t cut his shot on frame.

A match challenged by a relatively slow first half saw its tone and tenor changed dramatically by Milivojevic’s wonderful 47th free kick, giving Palace a 1-0 lead.

Mousset restored level footing when he scored within a minute of subbing into the fray, bending a shot into the goal from just inside the box.

Zaha’s winner is the type of goal dreams are made of, as the Ivorian created his chance and scored with style to make it 2-1.

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