Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze did it all for Crystal Palace, giving Roy Hodgson a 3-2 victory (and a small consolation) over Sheffield United at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.
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The win lifted Crystal Palace (24 points) to 14th in the Premier League after snapping their recent slide which has prompted fans to call for Hodgson to be sacked and replaced. Sheffield United (10 points), meanwhile, remain at the bottom of the table, nine points behind the defending champions with 16 games remaining.
Just 20 seconds from time Sheffield United scored the first of a goal-filled first half in south London. The Blades started early, played the ball quickly to win and released midfielder Gustavo Hamer in the air. Hamer found Ben Brereton Diaz on the left, and the January loanee went to work. Brereton Diaz cut in from the left wing and slotted one goal wide from the penalty spot to give him two goals in two games since joining the club.
Crystal Palace were equal after 17 minutes, thanks to a familiar technique: Olise to Eze (and vice versa, sometimes). Olise cut in a brilliant cross with the outside of his foot, good timing as Eze raced into the six-yard box, but there was still too much to do to get the ball over the line. Eze jumped and somehow lifted his foot to send the ball across the goal and out of the goalkeeper’s reach.
Three minutes later, Sheffield United came back on top when James McAtee cut in from the right wing and hit a curling shot past Dean Henderson and restored the Premier League’s lowest scoring team (17 goals in 21 games). above.
The lead lasted all of seven minutes at this point, before Olise found Eze again. It was just a short pass outside the box and Eze did a lot of work with a steady left-footed strike from 22 yards out. It’s five goals of the season for Eze, who was later forced off due to injury in the 78th minute.
2-2 looked like it would hold until the final whistle, but Olise made one more mistake before leaving and adding to the hamstring injury that kept him out for the first four months of the season. Olise brought out the left winger from close to Eze, and then put in close to Ivo Grbic. Olise has now scored six goals and assisted three more in 10 games since his 2023-24 start in November.
Michael Olise played for Crystal Palace. The wounded were evacuated. Wash it off. Repeat.
Maybe it was just a warning (it seemed much less than the first time he re-injured his hamstring this season), but Olise’s example turned a list of top performances before leaving the field and hitting. , is becoming a familiar sight for Crystal Palace fans. Heck, neutral fans who just love the best football are getting pissed off with it, too.
Now, Palace must continue to turn these performances into victories (Tuesday was their second with Olise this season), as they have taken 2W-2D-1L in their last five PL games (5 goals, 3 assists). Doing so will almost certainly be the difference between grinding their way up to 16 or 17, and finishing 12 or 13 this season.
Palace return to Premier League action on Saturday (10am ET), when they host Brighton in the A23 derby. Sheffield United will continue their battle for relegation against top four rivals Aston Villa later on Saturday (12:30pm ET).
Player ratings – Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United
Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United, final score: 3-2
Goals: Ben Brereton Diaz (1′), Eberechi Eze (17′, 27′), James McAtee (20′), Michael Olise (67′)
1 minute – GOAL – Ben Brereton Diaz opens the scoring after 21 seconds
Diaz scored in 20 seconds to give the Blades the lead
Ben Brereton Diaz gave Sheffield United an incredible start after just 20 seconds with a superb effort against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
17 min – GOAL – Michael Olise finds Eberechi Eze, who finishes well, with a clever ball
Eze matches Palace against Sheffield United
Sheffield United’s lead was short-lived as Eberechi Eze’s brilliant volley put Crystal Palace back in the first leg at Selhurst Park.
20 minutes – James McAtee puts Sheffield United ahead immediately
McAtee’s effort gives the Blades a 2-1 lead v. Palace
James McAtee’s shot deflected off Dean Henderson and into the back of the net to give Sheffield United a 2-1 lead over Crystal Palace in the first leg at Selhurst Park.
27 minutes – GOAL – Eberechi Eze scored another wonder for 2-2
Eze’s Belter is similar to Palace v. Blades
Eberechi Eze gets onto his left foot with a powerful strike to put Crystal Palace back level with Sheffield United at Selhurst Park.
67 mins – GOAL – Michael Olise plays brilliantly with a brilliant winner
Olise’s screamer lifts Palace ahead of Blades
Michael Olise’s brilliant volley gave Crystal Palace their first lead of the game against Sheffield United in the second half at Selhurst Park.
How to watch Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United, stream link, kick-off time, odds
Start: 3pm ET Tuesday
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Crystal Palace has already started
Henderson — Richards, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell — Lerma, Hughes, Eze — Olise, Mateta, Ayew
Sheffield United starting line-up
Grbic – Bogle, Admedhodzic, Robinson, Trusty – Souza, Slimane, Hamer – McAtee, Diaz, McBurnie
Look at the Crystal Palace
The absence of Cheick Doucoure is for good, and Palace have struggled to adapt without him. The Eagles have one win, three draws, and four losses since coming out of the lineup.
Look at Sheffield United
Ben Brereton Diaz’s loan from Villarreal has seen him score in his Premier League debut, and the long-range midfielder could be a major boost to the Blades’ attack.