Palace produce a 189/1 shock to give title race a boost

Andros Townsend has scored a goal of the season contender - if not the actual award victor - against Manchester City.

Ilkay Gundogan gave the Premier League champions the lead just before the half hour mark, however, their advantage was short lived with Jeffrey Schlupp equalising a few minutes later before Townsend gave 15th placed Palace a shock lead with a lovely volley at the Etihad Stadium.

Townsend's strike would give Jurgen Klopp's side a huge boost heading into the Christmas period but his goal of the season contender drew widespread praise from a host of elite strikers and pundits alike with Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Gary Lineker all showing their admiration for the goal.

Manchester City was stunned at home against Crystal Palace, Arsenal regained its form against struggling Burnley, Manchester United won its first game since Jose Mourinho's departure and Chelsea was upset at home.

Palace's performance was completely unexpected, the 14th-placed Londoners having lost five of their last six away games and 5-0 on their last two visits to the Etihad.

There was plenty of criticism on social media for manager Pep Guardiola and his players, with one Manchester City defender coming in for particularly scathing treatment. Rivals were cut apart on a regular basis on their way to an incredible 100 points with 108 goals, but the best of it was done with the season finished so early.

Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez came on for the latter stages with City throwing the kitchen sink at the visitors but it was not their day with Leroy Sane's free-kick hitting the post.


That wasn't the only shock of the day as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 at home by Leicester. "We created enough chances to win the game, in the first half especially".

Manchester United were happy campers at Cardiff under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. "We had just made some changes and chose to play with two strikers to try to get back in the game, then straight away we give away a penalty and a third goal".

"It sat up perfectly for me, I knew I couldn't take a touch as City would have been on me and on the counter - and as soon as it left my foot I knew it had a good chance", said Townsend.

Not only that, Palace did it by scoring three times, and after going a goal down.

The English right-back failed to close down Schlupp's first half effort, and gave away the penalty for Palace's third goal with an untidy sliding challenge in the box.

The Ralph Hasenhuttl revolution continued as Southampton beat Huddersfield 3-1 at the John Smith's Stadium.

There had been little sign of such drama as City took their customary stranglehold on the game, enjoying 78 percent of the possession in the first half.


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