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Crystal Palace flusters 10-man Everton

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Everton suffered a monumentally disappointing start to a season with high hopes, drawing Crystal Palace 0-0 with 10 men at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

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Andre Gomes left the match injured, and Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off for a pair of yellow cards.


Three things we learned

1. Selhurst Park is a tricky place to visit, but the Toffees will be so deeply upset to have faltered on Week 1 against a team expected to be bottom half at best. A lot of the Toffees’ new players started the game on the bench, including Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Alex Iwobi also didn’t play, but the Toffees would’ve wanted all three points for their Top Six push.

2. Everton is deep. When new expensive signing Andre Gomes limped off, the Toffees were able to replace him with new expensive signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin (a likely future starter in his own right). With no European football on the books, the Toffees have plenty of promise this season even if injuries strike Goodison Park.

3. Everton + Opening Day = Man sent off. A year after Phil Jagielka was sent to the locker room in a 2-2 draw at Wolves, Morgan Schneiderlin saw a second yellow card for late challenge at Selhurst Park. Note to supporters: Hope Everton is on your schedule for Week 1 next season.

Man of the Match: Max Meyer — A very good sophomore debut following a disappointing first season at Selhurst Park.


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The hosts were lively early, and almost broke through before halftime when Max Meyer spun a shot that was tipped over the bar by Jordan Pickford. Scott Dann then headed a corner off the back of a defender before Everton dealt with the second one.

The second half saw the Toffees threaten to go ahead when Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s quick shot was cleared off the line by Patrick Van Aanholt.

Pickford denied a Meyer rip in the 57th minute after slimmed-down Christian Benteke played him through on goal.

Lucas Digne made a goal saving clearance when Patrick van Aanholt send a delightful cross through the box.

Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off for a second yellow card following a 76th minute challenge.

Southampton ‘not a pig to be fattened’

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Southampton’s majority owner Gao Jisheng has rarely talked about purchasing the Premier League club. If ever.

However, the Chinese real estate tycoon has now been talking and it doesn’t seem like he’s willing to pump much, if any, of his own money into Saints in the coming years.

In a rare interview with the Financial Times in Shanghai, Gao revealed some of his plans for the future of the South Coast club.

“I am not treating Southampton as a pig to be fattened and sold,” Gao said. “I am treating it as a child. But my children must believe they cannot depend on the boss. I have said to Southampton: ‘I am now your father. But I am putting you on the right track: you need to feed yourself.’”

He added: “The club’s financial situation is good this year and it doesn’t require more investment.”

Southampton’s fans will not be too shocked to hear these words from Gao, but will be intrigued to have had heard anything at all from him.

The Chinese businessman often attends games but has never spoken publicly about his reasons and motivations for buying an 80 percent stake in the club from the Liebherr family back in 2017.

With his property company Lander Sports buying the club, Gao recently sold a large chunk of his stake in Lander to the Chinese government which led to the Premier League requesting information from Southampton about whether or not they were now owned by the state of China.

Gao has brushed off those suggestions, saying he has given the PL the information they need and they are satisfied. Lander Sports, who own the 80 percent stake in Saints, are based in Hong Kong due to strict laws about risky foreign investments in mainland China.

All of this is a little confusing for Southampton fans, but the main thing to come from Gao’s comments is that they shouldn’t expect a huge flurry of big money signings as long as he’s the owner but they could spend some money this summer without selling anybody.

Gao wants the club to be self-sustaining and that is pretty admirable in this day and age when fans demand huge money spent on new players, and will then slam the club when relegation could see it spiral into financial meltdown.

Southampton have always been a club which produces young talent and then sells players on for a huge profit. That won’t change anytime soon.

But after two close shaves with relegation over the past two seasons, it is clear Southampton’s squad needs a large rebuild under Ralph Hasenhuttl this summer. If they can sell on a plethora of players who have been out of the picture and out on loan last season, then they will be able to reinvest that cash in new players.

How successful Saints are at doing that this offseason will determine if Hasenhuttl’s side can kick on and push for a top 10 finish next season. The coach has worked wonders with one of the youngest squads in the PL since he arrived last December and there is plenty of promise that a full season of Hasenhuttl-ball will see Saints not embroiled in yet another relegation scrap.

Gao’s comments underline the fact he will not spend big like Wolves’ Chinese owners Fosun, but given how much Saints have spent over the past few years (they are one of the few PL clubs to make a profit in transfer business year in, year out) this wasn’t a huge surprise.

With Southampton playing a game in China again this offseason, their new sponsorship deal with LD Sports (a company yet to launch in China) has seen them double their revenue in terms of sponsorship in a club-record deal.

Gao’s connections in China are helping the club financially in certain aspects, but it appears they will not pump money in to try and challenge the PL’s elite like they did in years gone by under Ronald Koeman. In truth, their success under Koeman was fuelled by selling a host of star names such as Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Morgan Schneiderlin, which allowed them to buy Sadio Made, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Virgil Van Dijk among others.

Saints must unearth a few more gems in the transfer window this summer to keep their model rolling along and bring about another push into the top half of the table. They have a great manager, some talented youngsters and a sensible owner.

The latter will hamper any progress their fans have of making another push for European qualification in the years to come.

Watch Live: Everton v. Manchester United

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Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United face familiar foes Everton at 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday at Goodison Park (Watch live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Richarlison will try to lead Everton into David De Gea‘s goal, while former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin hopes to stymy former Toffees star Lukaku.

LINEUPS

Everton: Pickford, Digne, Zouma, Keane, Coleman, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Walcott, Tosun, McCarthy, Davies, Lookman.

Manchester United: De Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Dalot, Matic, Fred, Pogba, Rashford, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Young, Andreas, Lingard, Mata, McTominay.

Everton pastes Cardiff behind Sigurdsson brace (video)

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  • Sigurdsson scores 9th, 10th of season
  • Calvert-Lewin strikes in stoppage
  • Everton moves into ninth

Embattled Everton manager Marco Silva is breathing a bit easier after Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s brace helped the Toffees to a 3-0 defeat of Cardiff City at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin also scored for Everton, whose 36 points are good for ninth in the Premier League. Cardiff’s 25 points remain 17th.

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Theo Walcott entertained the proceedings with a shot hit just over the frame, moments after Cardiff struggled to deal with a corner kick.

It was a former Swansea City man who put the Bluebirds down a goal, as Sigurdsson met a Seamus Coleman cross with aplomb to make it 1-0 in the 40th minute.

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Sigurdsson got his second when Bernard‘s work to spot Morgan Schneiderlin deflected to the Icelandic star.

Cardiff kept Everton on its toes with long throw-ins, but couldn’t quite challenge the score sheet.

Calvert-Lewin would eventually settle any remaining nerves for the visiting support with a goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

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Everton edge by Southampton as Richarlison stars again

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  • Richarlison has 3 goals in first 2 games
  • Southampton’s Ings scores on full debut
  • Everton’s first win under Marco Silva

Everton beat Southampton 2-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday, as the Toffees rode a fast start to victory.

Theo Walcott and Richarlison scored first half goals to set Marco Silva’s side on their way but Danny Ings scored his first Saints goal on his full debut but it wasn’t enough to grab Mark Hughes‘ men a draw.

With the win Everton remain unbeaten in the new campaign with four points on the board, while Saints have one point after two games.

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Everton went close early through headers from Michael Keane and Cenk Tosun but Alex McCarthy saved easily.

Southampton should have taken the lead as Charlie Austin nodded a cross from James Ward-Prowse wide when he really should have hit the target.

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Walcott then gave Everton the lead as Morgan Schneiderlin played the ball around the corner from a well-worked free kick and Walcott finished calmly against his former club to make it 1-0.

Keane and Tosun then went close again as Everton threatened to run away with things before half time. Yet Ings almost made it 1-1 as he followed up a mistake from Jordan Pickford but the latter saved superbly to deny Ings as he pushed it onto the bar.

Richarlison then scored his third goal in his first two PL games for Everton to make it 2-0 before the break. The Brazilian nodded across goal from Walcott’s cross to send Evertonians wild.

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Ings went close either side of half time but Everton continued to look lethal as Richarlison again went close but McCarthy denied him.

But Ings did get his goal as he poked home Mario Lemina‘s flick-on from a corner and Saints dragged themselves back into the game.

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Walcott should have grabbed a third for Everton and Saints went close to an equalizer in an improved second half display as Ings’ shot was blocked by Tom Davies late on.

Pickford then caught Ings in a challenge and Southampton were calling for a red card but nothing was given.

But it was Richarlison who stole the headlines once again for Everton.