We expect to see lots of goals

Last updated: December 4, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 8pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDWDW
Away form: WLWDL
Last season: 2-3
Competition: The Premier League

Crystal Palace put on great performance in the last round of The Premier League and beat Newcastle 5-1 at home. The guests took the lead by a Papiss Cissé goal (10′), but The Eagles turned the score in their favour after five goals, scored by James MacArthur (14′, 90 + 3′), Yannick Bolasie (17′, 47′) and Wilfried Zaha (41′). After this great result, Crystal Palace have collected 22 points and climbed to seventh place in the standings.

Everton will have less resting time. The Toffees played on Tuesday against Middlesbrough in The Capital One Cup. Everton managed to win 2-0 at The Riverside Stadium and qualified for the semi-finals. The Toffees haven’t lost a competitive match since 24th Oct. 2015, when they lost 2-1 to Arsenal. In addition, Everton have scored 14 goals in their last 4 Premiership games. Moreover, The Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku just can’t stop scoring. He is the second best Premiership goal-scorer with 10 goals.

An interesting fact is that Crystal Palace won 3-2 in their last two visits to Goodison Park. The Eagles have won 4 of 15 away matches against Everton. The Toffees have recorded 7 victories, they have scored 32 goals and have conceded 17.

Team News

Bryan Oviedo has recovered from his hamstring problem and can be included again by Roberto Martinez into the squad.

Everton’s injury list has significantly reduced. Four of the Toffees players will miss the match against Palace – Browning, Pienaar, Jagielka and Hibbert.

Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace has still not recovered from his injury. He is going to miss the visit to Goodison Park.

Gayle and Appiah are sidelined due to injuries. Dwight Gayle will resume full training within a week. Appiah will return in January.

Quotes of the week

Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez (Everton) : “Deulofeu’s maturity was more impressive than his magic as he eased us into the League Cup semi-finals.”

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “We would be silly to ignore where we are. It is not the first four games so there is a reason why we are there, but we have got to try to keep that consistency.”

Expected line-ups:

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Stones, Baines, Coleman, Ramiro Mori, Barry, McCarthy, Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku.
Subs Robles, Naismith, Gibson, Oviedo, McGeady, Cleverley, Mirallas.
Injured: Pienaar, Hibbert, Browning, Jagielka.
Not available:
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Bolasie, Zaha, Wickham.
Subs Chamakh, Ledley, Lee, Jedinak, Bamford, Hangeland, Speroni
Injured: Appiah, Gayle, Sako.
Doubtful: Chamakh
Not available:

So far this season

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Everton this season Crystal Palace this season
9 League Position 7
3 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (4)
6-2 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 5-1 vs. Newcastle
2 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
2 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (2)
0-3 to Man United Biggest Defeat 1-3 to West Ham
Lukaku (10) Top scorer Bolasie, Cabaye (4)
Deulofeu (6) Assist Leader Wickham, McArthur, Puncheon (2)
Y21, R2 Discipline Y25, R1
4 Failures to score 5
4 Clean Sheets 3
8 Both Teams to Score Games 7
9 Over 2.5 Games 7
5 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • Everton have won 12 of 30 games against The Eagles. There has been 8 draws and 10 victories for Crystal Palace.
  • The Toffees have the third best attack in The Premier League. Everton have scored 27 goals. Only Man City and Leicester have scored more.
  • Everton have won their last two home games and have scored 10 goals in these matches (6-2 vs. Sunderland and 4-0 vs. Aston Villa).
  • Crystal Palace have recorded 4 victories from 6 away games this season. The Eagles are the team with the least number of draws from the beginning of the season (1).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
31/01/15 The Premier League Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton R. Lukaku 2′
21/09/14 The Premier League Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace R. Lukaku 9′
16/04/14 The Premier League Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace Puncheon 23′
09/11/13 The Premier League Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
10/04/05 The Premier League Everton 4-0 Crystal Palace Arteta 7′