The Expat Eagle
An Englishman Living in Sweden

Match Opinion: Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace

The planets aligned

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Crystal Palace travelled north to visit Leicester City in search of their first away win of the season and Christian Benteke still looking for his first goal.

Match Facts

General Information

  • Date: 16th December 2017
  • Competition: English Premier League
  • Venue: King Power Stadium
  • Attendance: 30,243
  • Referee: M. Atkinson

Match Result

Leicester City
0-3 Crystal Palace
Ndidi 52′, Maguire 56′, Simpson 86′ Yellow Cards Benteke 51′, Schlupp 67′
Ndidi ’62 Red Cards
Goal Scorers Benteke 19′, Zaha 40′, Sako 90+4′

The Expat Eagle’s Verdict

Crystal Palace finally got an away goal which led to an away win. Overall the team played well from back to front, I can’t think of anyone who put a foot wrong. How often have we said that recently?

Christian Benteke scored his first goal of the season from an Andros Townsend cross and the libtards and snowflakes went into orgasmic joy! Yes, it was the same group of people who protested at the stick Benteke received last week after his penalty miss that were claiming he had redeemed himself and was “running the show”, which was clearly crap!

Townsend put in an inswinging cross from the right which found Benteke on the 6-yard line in the middle of the goal. Someone with his ability should have placed the header anywhere but in the middle of the goal, right where the goalkeeper was standing. To his credit, Benteke angled the header downwards which Schmichel got down and got a hand to but could only push it into the net.

As the saying goes, they all count and maybe he’ll get some confidence, something he isn’t short of, and go on a roll now… sorry, he’s suspended, but the truth is he was fortunate that his header went in.

Even at halftime, the pundits decided that Schmichel would be disappointed not to have saved it. Benteke almost scored an own goal 5 minutes later and missed 3 other good opportunities to score but I am not allowed to look at any negatives because that doesn’t adhere to the snowflake agenda.

Credit where credit is due, Benteke played well. He didn’t play brilliantly and he didn’t redeem himself for last week or his goal-less run. Hopefully, when he is back from his suspension he’ll push on, get some goals and earn redemption!

If our first goal was a little fortunate then the second was a proper goal! Benteke did well to hold off a challenge from the Leicester defence and looked to have left it too late to release a pass when he stumbled but managed to poke the ball to Zaha who skipped past a player before unleashing a powerful shot that left Schmichel well beaten.

Zaha. Now that is a player who was running the show and deserved the plaudits he received. In the past, I have been critical of his final product but he has come on leaps and bounds this season. Credit where it due because of a sustained run of form not scoring a goal from a poorly placed header.

In the second half the game progressed in much the same way as the first with periods where both teams had the upper hand. Leicester’s Ndidi was sent off for picking up a second booking, a blatant dive in the Palace box.  This came just after Leicester had a goal disallowed because Iborra clearly pushed Tomkins out of the way to have a clear header at goal.

Bakary Sako came on in the final few minutes and if his goal on Tuesday was lucky his goal today was a wonderful strike from outside the box. Loftus-Cheek ran with the ball down the mid-left of the pitch and squared the ball to Sako standing on the right side of the D. Sako hit the ball first time with his left foot, curling the ball past Schmichel and in off the post.

Sako is another player I have been critical of over the last, almost 2 years but as I previously said, credit where it’s due. He hasn’t suddenly turned in to Pele but he is putting himself about up front and I almost prefer him to Benteke because of his work rate and pace.

Overall we more than deserved a victory by three goals and Leicester never seemed to be in the game.

Sometimes you look at a game and wonder if one team played well or if the other team played poorly. Leicester didn’t seem to turn up for this game but that should take nothing away from the performance the lads put in.

Verdict: The planets aligned and gave us an away goal, an away win and a Christian Benteke scored.

Player Ratings

Leicester City (4231) 6.28 Crystal Palace (442) 7.83
Schmichel
Simpson
Chilwell
Morgan (c)
Maguire
Ndidi
Iborra
Mahrez
Gray
Albrighton
Vardy
6.5
6.1
6.3
6.2
6.8
5.1
5.9
6.1
7.9
6.9
6.3
Speroni
Kelly
Schlupp
Tomkins
Dann (c)
Loftus-Cheek
Cabaye
McArthur
Townsend
Zaha
Benteke
7.2
7.4
8.5
7.7
7.4
8.4
7.5
7.6
8.9
9.1
8.7
King (Albrighton 77′)
Okazaki (Iborra 77′)
Ulloa (Vardy 85′)
Dragovic
Fuchs
Iheanacho
Hamer
5.9
6.0
6.1
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
Riedewald (Cabaye 85′)
Sako (Benteke 88′)
Lee Chung-Young
Souare
van Aanholt
Wan-Bissaka
Hennessey
6.1
7.3
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

Match rating courtesy of WhoScored.

Match Statistics

Leicester City
0-3
Crystal Palace
56
11
2
5
4
13
6
0
3
12
4
1
382
12
Ball Possession %
Goal Attempts
On Target
Off Target
Blocked Shots
Free Kicks
Corner Kicks
Offsides
Goalkeeper Saves
Fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Total Passes
Tackles
44
13
6
3
4
12
4
0
2
13
2
0
305
25

Match statistics courtesy of WhoScored.

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