C Palace 4 – 1 Leeds

first_imgPalace went ahead after 12 minutes at Selhurst Park and through an unlikely source in Scott Dann. Eze floated a corner in from the left and stand-in captain Dann was able to guide a header past Meslier in the Leeds goal.It was just reward for a bright start by Hodgson’s men. Leeds then thought they had levelled five minutes later, but Bamford’s fine flicked finish over Vicente Guaita was ruled out for offside by video assistant referee Mike Dean. It looked like the striker was onside – and Palace took full advantage of the reprieve as Eze doubled Palace’s lead with 22 minutes on the clock to continue his fine afternoon.Mateusz Klich went down but the hosts carried on and won a free-kick on the edge of the visitors’ area. Eze, a summer signing from QPR, took responsibility and curled his shot into the top corner for his first Palace goal. Crystal Palace led 3-1 at the break against Leeds at Selhurst ParkImage:Crystal Palace led 3-1 at the break against Leeds at Selhurst Park Leeds continue to pay price for leaky defenceThis was billed as the battle of the oldest managers in the division, Roy Hodgson and Marcelo Bielsa, both of whom guided their clubs to 10 points from seven games respectively.Both have coached across the globe over the last 40 years, with spells in several European leagues and on the international scene, but this was the first time they went toe-to-toe on the touchline – and the encounter didn’t disappoint. Team newsCrystal Palace make three changes for the visit of Leeds with James McArthur, Ebere Eze and Jordan Ayew recalled to the starting XI. Eagles captain Luka Milivojevic was sent off at Wolves and serves the first of a three-match ban while Jeffrey Schlupp and Michy Batshuayi drop to the bench for Roy Hodgson’s men.Leeds, who also lost last time out to Leicester, have Ezgjan Alioski and Pascal Struijk back in the team with Marcelo Bielsa leaving Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton out of the matchday squad. Raphinha and Jack Jenkins take up their positions on the bench for the clash between the two oldest managers in the division. Ebere Eze curls his free-kick in via the underside of the crossbarImage:Ebere Eze curls his free-kick in via the underside of the crossbar Bamford was denied a first-half equaliser by a marginal offside callImage:Bamford was denied a first-half equaliser by a marginal offside call Patrick Bamford crashes in his seventh Premier League goal this termImage:Patrick Bamford crashes in his seventh Premier League goal this term Eze, making only his fourth league start since his £19.5m switch from QPR last summer, then produced a brilliant free-kick to extend Palace’s lead (22).That came after Patrick Bamford had seen an equaliser ruled out for offside by VAR, but the Leeds striker thrashed in his seventh Premier League goal of the season to reduce the arrears (27).Helder Costa inadvertently stabbed Patrick Van Aanholt’s cross past Meslier at his near post before the break (42) before Jordan Ayew sealed the victory with a fine finish from Wilfried Zaha’s pass (70).- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the Premier League as Ebere Eze inspired them to a fine 4-1 win over Leeds United at Selhurst Park.Scott Dann’s first goal since December 2017 gave Palace an early lead (12), as the centre-back rose to head beyond Illan Meslier from Eze’s corner.- Advertisement – With little sign of a comeback being staged, Tyler Roberts was introduced by Bielsa, as Guaita was called into action to tip Ezgjan Alioski’s low drive around the post.Leeds were then thankful to Alioski tracking back to deny Wilfried Zaha a clean strike at goal as the game continued to resemble a basketball match in the final third.Leeds were pressing and pushing to set up a tense finish, but they were punished with Palace finding a fourth through their out-ball as Wilfried Zaha unselfishly picked out Ayew for a composed finish underneath Meslier. It was the 17th goal Leeds have conceded already this term, undermining their bright return to the top flight. The drama didn’t end there in the opening period as Bamford pulled a goal back for Leeds in the 27th minute. Klich headed down for the one-time Palace loanee and he controlled with his chest before firing past Guaita.It was Bamford’s seventh goal of the campaign and got the visitors back in the contest with more than an hour left to play.His side ought to have halved the deficit when Pascal Struijk failed to connect well with Jack Harrison’s corner six minutes into the restart, before the lively Eze flashed another swerving shot just wide of Meslier’s left-hand post. The result leaves Leeds in 14th place ahead of the remaining weekend fixtures, while Palace are sandwiched between Everton and Wolves on 13 points. Eagles soaring – Opta statsCrystal Palace have lost just one of their last five home Premier League games (W2 D2), after losing five of the seven before that (W2).Leeds United have conceded 17 goals in their first eight Premier League games this season, last shipping more at this stage of a top-flight campaign in 1946-47 (22).Crystal Palace scored 4+ goals in a Premier League game for the first time in 46 fixtures, last doing so in a 5-3 win over Bournemouth in May 2019.Leeds United have won just one of their last 21 away league games against London sides (D6 L14), beating QPR 3-1 in December 2017.What’s next?Crystal Palace travel to face Burnley on Saturday, November 21; kick-off 3pm. Meanwhile, Leeds host Arsenal the following day at 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Jordan Ayew takes Wilfried Zaha's pass to tuck home Palace's fourthImage:Jordan Ayew takes Wilfried Zaha’s pass to tuck home Palace’s fourth – Advertisement –last_img

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