Crystal Palace 5-0 Leicester City: Eagles chew up 10-man Foxes

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  • Goal, assist for Zaha
  • Draws red from Albrighton
  • Palace goes 12th

Wilfried Zaha was the star of the show as Crystal Palace battered Leicester City 5-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Zaha had a goal, an assist, and drew a second-half red card, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek, James McArthur, Christian Benteke, and Patrick Van Aanholt also scored for the Eagles.

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James Tomkins almost put Palace ahead, but Kelechi Iheanacho reacted well to clear off the line.

The Eagles returned the goal line clearance pain with Stephen Ward blocking Jamie Vardy‘s bid to stay hot.

Zaha put Palace in front on the back end of three terrific passes from Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Yohan Cabaye, then Andros Townsend to Zaha for a slick finish.

Ben Hamer made a low left-handed save in the 29th minute to deny Zaha a second.

McArthur made it 2-0 in the 38th minute, turning Zaha’s pass to slide a smooth finish behind Hamer.

Mike Dean effectively ended any comeback hopes with an easy red card to Marc Albrighton, who took down Zaha as last man back.

Loftus-Cheek got a deserved goal, Patrick van Aanholt netted, and a Christian Benteke penalty rounded out the scoring in the final 10 minutes.

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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.

PL Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool

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  • Reds won 1-0 at Anfield on Aug. 19
  • First home win in series since 2014
  • Liverpool leads all-time 25W-11D-14L

Jurgen Klopp marks his 100th Premier League match in charge of Liverpool with a visit to desperate Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Both clubs have chance to build table confidence with chasing clubs facing off elsewhere.

The Reds have a chance to all but cement their Top Four status with Chelsea and Spurs potentially both taking points off each other come Sunday.

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Palace is two points clear of the drop zone, but Southampton and West Ham face each other and have a match-in-hand on the Eagles.

The Reds’ August win at Anfield was the first by a home side in a Palace-Liverpool match in seven matches dating back to Nov. 23, 2014.

It was also the first 1-0 between the sides since 2005.

Palace could be without a number of key players, with Wilfried Zaha, James Tomkins, and Alexander Sorloth among those nursing injuries.

What they’re saying

Ruben Loftus-Cheek on momentum and facing Liverpool“That was a massive win, it feels like every game is a massive game. That Huddersfield game was a massive three points. We need to climb the table – we believe in ourselves to keep on winning. Liverpool are in form at the moment but at Palace, at Selhurst, we beat Chelsea and we gave [Manchester] City a good draw. We performed well against big teams so after the wins, we hope we can take into that game.”

Klopp on his 100th Premier League match“How much do I enjoy it? Sometimes more, sometimes less. Fantastic supporters, fantastic team. It would have been nicer if we’d have won the two finals but still, it’s okay. 100 games, it’s all on it’s way. We’re good for the moment and prepared for the future: that’s the best thing you can say about the football club. We are trying hard to win something.”

Prediction

Another away win, as Mohamed Salah and Liverpool’s attack are just too much for the hosts in a 3-1 win.

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Who’ve been the most impactful Premier League summer buys?

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It’s been a heck of a season for Premier League transfer buys, and that includes a bevy of intra-league purchases.

So who’ve been the best imports? Probably a safe bet to set some parameters.

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We won’t count players like Aaron Mooy, who’s Huddersfield Town purchase was formalized after a loan, or those who returned from loan like Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen or Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.

We’ll also opt against a couple Chelsea loanees signings, if just to whittle our list. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was magnificent before a long-term injury at Palace, and Kurt Zouma probably just sits beyond the Top Ten.

Mainz loanee Jonas Lossl of Huddersfield Town fits the bill, too. And for injuries: Who knows how high  Benjamin Mendy would’ve surged up this list?

Stats culled from WhoScored and Squawka.

Honorable mention – Antonio Rudiger, Mario Lemina, Richarlison, Alexandre Lacazette, Mat Ryan, Bernardo Silva, Steve MounieKyle Walker, Alvaro Morata, Florian Lejeune.

10. Jordan Pickford, Everton — Under siege at Sunderland for most of last season, Pickford probably expected smoother sailing than this: the Everton backstop has been forced into making the most saves in the Premier League (95). Fifty-four of those required him to dive. Only four teams have allowed more goals than Everton, which explains why some of you might be scratching your head at his inclusion.

9. James Tomkins, Crystal Palace — I thought the signing was silly, but Tomkins is nearly unrivaled in terms of interceptions per game in league play. Palace hasn’t been a defensive powerhouse, but his former club West Ham looks terrible since he moved across London.

8. Davinson Sanchez, Tottenham Hotspur – There have been bumps along the way — Sanchez is 21 — but he’s blessed with the speed to make up for his and others mistakes. A fine passer, Mauricio Pochettino should only further benefit from his career progression.

7. Ahmed Hegazi, West Bromwich Albion — Hegazi’s 2757 minutes played are the most amongst field players in the Premier League (though Alfie Mawson, Harry Maguire, Jack Cork, and Lewis Dunk could pass him by playing more than an hour in their match-in-hand).

6. Harry Maguire, Leicester City — The Foxes badly needed to lower the age of their center back corps, and can count their purchase of Maguire from Hull City as a coup. Perhaps no player other than Wilfred Ndidi has been as influential for Claude Puel‘s bunch.

5. Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United — Lukaku started dispelling myths about his production versus big teams when he was one of the lone stars in United’s Super Cup loss to Real Madrid. While he’s been up-and-down in terms of goals in said contests, his hold-up play and work ethic have been better than expected. His 21 key moments (14 goals, seven assists) are even with Roberto Firmino and trail only Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, and Leroy Sane. Anthony Martial is the closest United comparison, and he has 14. Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have 12.

4. Pascal Gross, Brighton and Hove Albion — The Ingolstadt transfer’s promise was quickly realized, and he’s posted five goals and eight assists. On a team with the fourth-lowest goal total in the league, that’s impressive. The only players with more PL assists: De Bruyne, Sane, Dele, David Silva, Salah, Pogba. Gross also ranks third in the league in crosses per game.

3. Nemanja Matic, Manchester United — It’s hard to fin the numbers to meet the eye test, but Matic flat out makes his team better. Maybe it’s organization, maybe it’s toughness, but there’s little doubt United is better in the middle of the park while former club Chelsea has struggled to find the same form since he skipped town. Advantage: Mou.

2. Ederson, Manchester City — Look only to last season’s status of City net minders to know how important the sweeper-style passing keeper is to Pep Guardiola‘s side. The Brazilian has pushed himself into competition for the starting gig at one of the World Cup favorites.

1. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool —  There is no other answer here, and Harry Kane’s injury essentially gift wraps the Golden Boot to the Egyptian. There was a question as to whether he’d bring his Serie A flourish over to England, and that seems absurd now.