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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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.

What does JPW think?

Batshuayi, Ake join list of odd Chelsea decisions

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Antonio Conte and his new brood of Blues may yet finish in the Top Three of the Premier League, but Chelsea supporters can be forgiven for wondering what if when it comes to their on loan and sold talent.

Michy Batshuayi is the latest example, unfit to serve as Conte’s back-up striker but a part of Borussia Dortmund’s last eight goals (including the equalizer and stoppage time winner in a Europa League comeback on Thursday).

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And while few should be blaming Conte for buying Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud, Batshuayi is just one example of a Chelsea player having an instant or prolonged affect on a new team.

Consider, with just a small mention to Charly Musonda assisting Celtic’s match-winner against Zenit Saint-Petersburg on Thursday:

Kenedy has been one of Newcastle’s best players since going on loan, a fire plug on the left side who was instrumental in the Magpies collecting four points including a win over Manchester United.

— When healthy, Kurt Zouma has literally been Stoke City’s most consistent player this side of Geoff Cameron.

— Like fellow CB Zouma, Bournemouth man Nathan Ake has been an electric part of their defense and transition.

— Now injured, Ruben Loftus-Cheek was a revelation for Crystal Palace’s midfield, earning England World Cup talk.

It got us to thinking, how would the loanees and recently-sold Blues fare as an XI in the Premier League (It’s a little shady counting Salah and Cuadrado, but they were just permanently sold within the last two seasons)?

Begovic (Bournemouth)

Ake (Bournemouth) — Zouma (Stoke City) — Rahman (Schalke)

Chalobah (Watford)–Matic (Man Utd)–Loftus-Cheek (Palace)–Atsu (Newcastle)

 Cuadrado (Juve) — Batshuayi (BVB) — Salah (Liverpool)

Methinks that side does pretty well

Loftus-Cheek returns to Chelsea for injury treatment; WC in doubt

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was enjoying a breakout season at the age of 21, featuring as a full-time starter for the first time in his career while on loan to Crystal Palace and debuting for England in November, before an ankle injury brought everything to a screeching halt last month.

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Now, more than a month later, Loftus-Cheek’s ankle hasn’t improved after a period of rest, and surgery has emerged as a very real possibility should no progress be made over the next month. As such, Loftus-Cheek, now 22, has returned to Chelsea for further evaluation by his parent club’s medical team.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson, just like the rest of us, is living in total darkness — quotes from the Guardian:

“Chelsea insist on having him back there on this period of rehabilitation, so we won’t really know until such time that they release him back to us. The agreement was that he would spend two to three weeks without having a surgical intervention, in the hope that the problem he has will be resolved naturally.

“During that time, Chelsea have insisted they take care of that because they regard him as their player. We will now wait for that period to pass, then he’ll come back to us. We will then test whether or not the injury is still there or whether, as they think, the injury has cleared up. So there’s another 10-14 days to go before I can tell you anything about Ruben Loftus-Cheek at all. I haven’t seen him literally for 10 days.”

With the 2018 World Cup now just four and a half months away, ankle surgery would almost certainly eliminate Loftus-Cheek from consideration for Gareth Southgate‘s squad.

Swans 1-1 Crystal Palace: Spoils split at Swansea

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  • Palace converts penalty
  • Swans level through Ayew beauty
  • Swansea remains 20th

Jordan Ayew scored a sensational second half goal to give Swansea City a share of the points in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty for Palace’s lone goal.

Swans finish the day four points back of 17th place West Ham, while Palace is two points ahead of the drop.

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Tammy Abraham thought he’d played Luciano Narsingh in for a penalty kick, but the referee was unmoved when Jeff Schlupp‘s challenge took down the Dutchman.

An uncharacteristic bumble from Wilfried Zaha in the Swans’ box stopped Palace from a 34th minute lead. And the Ivorian just missed with a toe poke redirection in the 41st.

Yohan Cabaye lorded over a stoppage time free kick, but a training ground routine for Zaha did not yield a dangerous cross.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek sold a penalty kick, and Palace had a chance to go ahead in the 59th minute. Milivojevic finished with power.

Swans started to buzz as the half wore on, and Ayew gave Swans a deserved equalizer on a day his brother scored back in London. Ayew worked around a defender and let fly an arrow to level the score.

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