Can Everton Get Back to Winning Ways Against the Eagles?

Last updated: September 26, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12.30pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 2
Home form: WWWWL
Away form: LDWWW
Last season: Everton 1 – 1 Crystal Palace
Competition: The Premier League

Friday night football continues this week as Everton host Crystal Palace. Both these teams are similarly positioned in the table, with Everton sitting 3 points clear and a couple of places above Crystal Palace in 5th. But form is with the visitors. The Eagles have won their last 3 Premiership matches, including a last gasp winner from Christian Benteke against Sunderland last week in a match that saw Palace come from 2 goals down to win 3-2. Everton on the other hand surrendered their unbeaten start to the season last week against Bournemouth. It was the 2nd loss in a row for the Toffees, who were beaten in the EFL Cup the week prior by Norwich.

The home side will be confident however. Romelu Lukaku was unlucky not to score last week against Bournemouth and if he can find the sort of form that registered an 11 minute hattrick against Sunderland, then Everton will be confident of victory. The addition of Ashley Williams in defence alongside Phil Jagielka has helped to tighten things up, but Everton will have to be especially careful of the aerial threat posed by Christian Benteke if they want to earn a shut out in this match. Despite the last few poor results, there’s a good feeling on the blue side of Merseyside as Manager Ronald Koeman is honing in on finding the perfect combination.

Crystal Palace maintained their unbeaten run after coming from 2-0 down against Sunderland last week. A late header from Christian Benteke underlined his potential to explode into life and turn matches at an instant. His goals are of course vital, but the only thing missing from Palace’s record so far is a clean sheet. If the Eagles are to continue their good run, they’ll need to solidify defensively. Scott Dann’s absence through injury will not help proceedings, but new signing James Tomkins has stepped in effortlessly with a couple of good performances. It’s at the back where this tie could be won or lost for Palace. With Lukaku around, an astute defensive performance is required if Palace want to take any points back to London.

Team News

Everton are likely to again be without Leighton Baines as the extent of his hamstring injury has become clearer.

There are no other new injury concern for the Toffees though and there is competition for places all over the pitch. Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas will have to perform well to keep their places.

Scott Dan is out through injury which means James Tomkins is likely to continue in the Palace defence.

Wilfred Zaha missed the last match through injury and is a doubt for this. There’s plenty of cover though as Palace’s summer signings have added depth to the squad.

Expected line-ups:

Everton (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg, Coleman, Jagielka, Williams, Oviedo, Gueye, Barry, Bolasie, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku
Subs: Robles, Deulofeu, Lennon, Cleverley, E Valencia, Funes Mori, Holgate
Injured: Browning, Pennington, McCarthy, Gibson, Besic
Doubtful: Baines
Not available:
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Mandanda, Ward, Tomkins, Delaney, Kelly, McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Cabaye, Townsend, C Benteke
Subs: Hennessey, Lee Chung-yong, Fryers, Wickham, Mutch, Sako, Wynter
Injured: Dann, Souaré, Boateng, Remy
Doubtful: Zaha
Not available:

So far this season

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Everton this season Crystal Palace this season
5th League Position 7th
2 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (2)
3-0 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 4-1 vs. Stoke
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
0-1 vs. Bournemouth Biggest Defeat 0-1 vs. Tottenham
Romelu Lukaku (4) Top scorer Christian Benteke (2)
Yannick Bolasie, Kevin Mirallas (2) Assist Leader Jason Puncheon (3)
Y9, R0 Discipline Y12, R0
1 Failures to score 2
2 Clean Sheets 0
3 Both Teams to Score Games 5
3 Over 2.5 Games 3
3 Under 2.5 Games 3
  • After demolishing Stoke 4-1 a few weeks ago Everton’s form slipped as they lost consecutive matches against Norwich in the EFL Cup followed by a shock loss to Bournemouth.
  • Crystal Palace are the form team coming into this match. After losing their first 2 matches they are unbeaten in 4, with 3 wins in a row.
  • Everton will hope to bounce back though agaisnt a leaky Crystal Palace defence. If Romelu Lukaku has his shooting boots on then you would expect him to score in this encounter.
  • Christian Benteke has started well at his new club with a couple of goals to his name so far. Supply to him from wingers Puncheon and Townsend will be vital if Crystal Palace are going to take anything from this match.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
13/04/2016 Premier League Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Everton 
07/12/2015 Premier League Everton 1 – 1 Crystal Palace Dann 76′
31/01/2015 Premier League Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Everton Lukaku 2′
21/09/2014 Premier League Everton 2 – 3 Crystal Palace Lukaku 9′
16/04/2014 Premier League Everton 2 – 3 Crystal Palace Puncheon 23′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

This one is tough to call. Palace are in winning ways and Everton run the risk of losing 3 on the bounce. Everton are clear favourites with the bookies due to home advantage and with Crystal Palace’s leaky defence i’d tend to agree with this. An Everton win is priced at around 7/10. You can get this and lots of other bets at great prices at Ladbrokes.