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Crystal Palace and Fulham were involved in a dull goalless draw at Selhurst Park as the two teams could not be separated over the 90 minutes. It was a fiery and tactical London derby that did not witness too many opportunities for the two teams.
Crystal Palace vs Fulham: Timeline
- 1 Crystal Palace vs Fulham: Timeline
- 2 Crystal Palace vs Fulham player ratings: Star Player
- 3 Crystal Palace vs Fulham player ratings: Marvellous Work for First Clean Sheet in Six
- 4 Back-To-Back Clean Sheets for the Cottagers
- 5 The Final Word
5’ – Andreas Pereira gets a shot on target to bring out a fine save from Sam Johnstone
42’ – Eberechi Eze comes close to breaking the deadlock with a moment of individual brilliance just outside the box but his shot goes just wide
68’ – Fulham’s best chance of the game comes with a great low ball from Raul Jimenez that narrowly evades Andreas Pereira
69’ – Raul Jimenez has his best chance of the game with a header that goes over the bar
80’ – Andreas Pereira hits a freekick straight at the wall
The Big Stat
Bernd Leno became the top goalkeeper in the Premier League for the 2023-24 season so far after having managed three clean sheets. This is quite an impressive feat with Fulham having only played six matches so far this season. Bernd Leno has also managed back-to-back clean sheets following the win over Luton in the last game.
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Crystal Palace vs Fulham player ratings: Star Player
Bernd Leno might have ended up picking up more clean sheets than in other goalkeepers this season, but Sam Johnstone came up with a brilliant performance. Even though the overall distribution from Johnstone was not great, he made some stunning saves to keep Fulham and their half chances out. Johnstone ended up making five saves compared to Leno’s two saves on the day.
Crystal Palace vs Fulham player ratings: Marvellous Work for First Clean Sheet in Six
Crystal Palace were able to register a first clean sheet in six matches after a strong defensive display. Even though Hodgson would have been disappointed to see not too many clear-cut opportunities for his team in the 90 minutes, Palace was very solid at the back. This bodes well for a team which is all set to face Manchester United in back-to-back games in two different competitions.
Crystal Palace player ratings
Sam Johnstone 8/10 – Some excellent saves
Joel Ward 6/10 – Mediocre threat
Marc Guehi 7/10 – Calm and composed
Joachim Andersen 7/10 – Aerial prowess
Tyrick Mitchell 6/10 – Mediocre throughout
Will Hughes 7/10 – Battling performance
Cheick Doucoure 6/10 – Failed to win aerial battles
Jordan Ayew 6/10 – Offered more defensive qualities
Jeffrey Schlupp 6/10 – Dispossessed too often
Eberechi Eze 7/10 – A big threat for Palace
Odsonne Edouard 6/10 – Failed to get even a single shot
Jean-Philippe Mateta 6/10 – Failed to even have a shot on target
Jesurun Rak-Sakyiat 6/10 – Not much time to make a difference
Back-To-Back Clean Sheets for the Cottagers
Fulham are unbeaten in consecutive league matches following a goalless draw against Crystal Palace. Even though there were plenty of half chances for the Cottagers, they were unable to take those few chances that came the way. Offensively, Fulham will have concerns about the form of players like Raul Jimenez, who was silent for most of the 90 minutes. At the same time, there were impressive performances at the back as Fulham get ready to face London rivals like Chelsea and Tottenham in the next month.
Fulham player ratings
Bernd Leno 7/10 – Hit new high of three clean sheets
Antonee Robinson 7/10 – Offered little threat in the final third but was able to keep everything solid at the back
Tim Ream 7/10 – Crucial tackles to save the clean sheet for Fulham
Issa Diop 7/10 – Excellent aerial performance with plenty of headers won
Timothy Castagne 7/10 – Was able to ride up and down the right flank for Fulham
Harrison Reed 6/10 – Mediocre performance in the middle of the park with not much offensive threat
Joao Palhinha 7/10 – Picked up an early booking but was solid throughout the game
Andreas Pereira 6/10 – Decent impact before being subbed
De Cordova-Reid 6/10 – Failed to make too many opportunities
Willian 6/10 – Decent performance especially the first half
Raul Jimenez 6/10 – Failed to offer much threat
Alex Iwobi 6/10 – Failed to make a big difference
Harry Wilson 6/10 – Did not offer much improvement in the final third
Carlos Vinicius 6/10 – Mediocre replacement for Raul Jimenez
The Final Word
There has been very little to separate Crystal Palace and Fulham on the league table. It was a similar story at Selhurst Park, as the two teams played out a goalless draw.
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