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Palace, Wolves stumble after virus robs them of mainstays


Wilfried Zaha had appeared in every of Crystal Palace’s final 59 video games within the English Premier League stretching again to February 2019. Conor Coady hadn’t missed a minute of Wolverhampton’s 84 league video games since its promotion again to the highest division in 2018. The two mainstays have been unavailable whereas they remoted in the course of the coronavirus pandemic and that took its toll on their groups on Monday.

Palace was toothless in assault with out Zaha, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 forward of the sport, and slumped to a 1-Zero loss to a Burnley facet that hadn’t beforehand gained within the league. Chris Wood scored within the eighth minute.

Coady was lacking for Wolves, having needed to prepare in isolation after discovering he inadvertently got here into contact with someone who examined optimistic for the virus. With fellow heart again Romain Saiss additionally out after contracting the virus, Wolves switched to a four-man protection for the primary time since May 2017 — earlier than the arrival of present coach Nuno Espirito Santo — and was uncomfortable till a late rally earned a 1-1 draw at house to Southampton.

Southampton led by a tap-in from Theo Walcott, who scored his first objective since returning for a second spell on the south-coast membership the place he began his skilled profession.

Pedro Neto got here off the bench to rescue a degree for Wolves within the 75th.

That equalizer stopped Southampton climbing to 3rd place after 9 video games. Wolves and Palace are in midtable, whereas Burnley’s first win of the season lifted Sean Dyche’s group out of the underside three.

WALCOTT’S STREAK

Walcott’s objective means he he has scored a minimum of as soon as in 14 straight Premier Leagues.

“I’m only 31 but I feel like a kid again,” mentioned the ahead, whose profession has been rejuvenated since he moved again to Southampton in a mortgage swap from Everton, the place he was out of the image. “I’m fit, I love the Premier League.”

The former England winger missed a one-on-one probability at 1-0, capturing vast of the publish when clear by, and that value Southampton when Raul Jimenez’s effort got here again off the publish to permit Neto to brush house the rebound.

“For everyone, it was a tough game, tactically so demanding,” Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl mentioned. “It was like chess. They played 4-3-3, we didn’t expect that, but we found the answers.”

NERVY BURNLEY

Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche acknowledged he felt nervous within the last minutes as his group noticed out the win towards Palace to lastly launch its season.

“It gets a bit nervy because we hadn’t found that first win,” Dyche mentioned, “so to get that one done will do us the world of good.”

It wanted an excellent sprawling save from Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope off substitute Christian Benteke in stoppage time to protect the lead.

Wood’s objective got here when he latched onto a neat flick by strike associate Jay Rodriguez and sidefooted powerfully previous goalkeeper Vicente Guaita from a central place.

Palace has misplaced 20 of its 28 Premier League video games with out Zaha since he returned to the membership in 2014-15.

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