When Southampton lost 0-9 to Leicester City last season one would be tempted to say their days in the league were numbered. They went on to recover pretty well finishing a very credible 11th on the table. Crystal Palace may like to take a page off Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side if they are to recover from their own mauling,0-7 at the hands of Liverpool.The road to redemption started off slowly at the weekend, losing to 10 men Aston Villa 3-0 but last night against Leicester there was evidence a flicker at the end of the tunnel.Wilfried Zaha looked to be the man who wants it more in the Palace side and Roy knows getting the best out of him is paramount. Leicester however got a spot kick which Iheanacho squandered. He was in for Vardy who was rested with both sides playing their second game in 48 hours. The foul was given for an alleged shove on youngster Thomas, the contact looked minimal. The opening goal was a Zaha special, arriving late in the box , side foot volley past Schmeichel. 1-0 Palace much against the run of play. Harvey Barnes equalised with his second goal in 2 games, making an opening for a left footed shot past Guaita with seven minutes remaining. The England under 21 lad is bubbling under in the England senior national team ranks especially for their problematic left sided midfielder position.
The second match of the day saw bruised Chelsea held at home to the surprise team of the season Villa. Olivier Giroud, Chelsea’s unsung hero this season, put the Blues in front with 10 minutes of the first half remaining.His heading ability is unquestioned. The evergreen Chilwell with a great cross There is a certain kind of pressure that comes with being a manager that spends a lot of money on players. You are prone to a lot of criticism especially if your team is experiencing a dip in form. Frank Lampard is in that position now. None of the signings he acquired have settled well in my honest opinion. His best player is Giroud and for all intents and purposes he is way better than Tammy or Werner. He should always start with him even though he only cost Chelsea 10 million pounds. Dutchman El Ghazi nutmeg-ed Mendy to score the equaliser on 50 minutes with the Chelsea defense ball watching.
The Everton Vs Manchester City match was called off because the dreaded Coronavirus has struck the City camp.Safety first is the word so kudos to the authorities for calling the match off. The downside would be the havoc the postponement will wreak on the fixture schedule. With the Carabao Cup , FA Cup and Europe coming up in the new year, it might come to playing 3 games in a week. I hope it does not come to that.