Premier League Preview – Everton
The penultimate home game sees Everton travel to South London to take on the Eagles who have now guaranteed a record seventh successive Premier League campaign.
Having mathematically assured survival at the Emirates last weekend, Roy Hodgson and his side will unlikely let up with a potential finish just outside the top ten at stake.
With injuries starting to hit the team in the latter stages, it is perhaps thankful that is the case but a strong line up saw off their North London rivals and it will be a similar, if not the same, line up that takes to the pitch on Saturday.
In what was an all round terrific away performance, Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha linked up well to put in star turns. It was particularly pleasing to witness the big Belgian get his just reward for all his hard work that really did prove effective, giving the hosts the run around. It was particularly impressive given that the Gunners were on an long winning streak at home.
The Toffeemen make the trip South off the back of a surprising mauling of Manchester United at Goodison Park. They are in very good form having also seen off Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham United in recent weeks, while oddly losing away at Fulham in between.
Palace have not beaten Everton since September 2014, and there have been eight league games played between the two since then. That was a good run of form in this fixture for the Eagles having beaten them by the same score line the April before, both occasions at Goodison.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp all continue to miss out.
EVERTON – Yerry Mina is missing due to injury while Andre Gomes is suspended. Lucas Digne is a doubt.
The last time the two sides met was at Goodison in October as the hosts ran out 2-0 winners. The score line flattered to deceive a little as Everton did not take the lead until the 87th minute courtesy of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Turkish striker Cenk Tosun secured the three points just two minutes later.
Who Scored man of the match – Michael Keane (8.2)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 21/10/2018 Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 10/02/2018 Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 18/11/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton
- 21/01/2017 Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton
- 30/09/2016 Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 21/04/2019 Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace
- 14/04/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City
- 06/04/2019 Newcastle United 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 03/04/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 30/03/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Last FIVE results for Everton;
- 21/04/2019 Everton 4-0 Manchester United
- 13/04/2019 Fulham 2-0 Everton
- 07/04/2019 Everton 1-0 Arsenal
- 30/03/2019 West Ham United 0-2 Everton
- 17/03/2019 Everton 2-0 Chelsea
THE RECORD AGAINST EVERTON
- Played 48
- Won 12
- Drawn 16
- Lost 20
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Lucas Digne 7.36
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.27
- Luka Milivojevic/Gylfi Sigurdsson 7.18
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Mareuil-sur-Ourcq, Crepy-en-Valois, Lille, Paris Saint Germain, Roma (loan), Barcelona
The 25 year old joined Everton on a five year deal in August for a fee of £18million. The left back has an impressive CV which includes PSG, Roma and Barcelona after leaving French side Lille in 2013. He has represented France at every youth level imaginable before making his full debut in 2014 against the Netherlands. It will be interesting to see how he fares against the quick attacking play that Palace have at their disposal down the flanks.
MICHAEL KEANE v CHRISTIAN BENTEKE
Similar in stature, these two are expected to go toe to toe. With both in good form as the season reaches its climax, the hosts will have to provide the Belgian with some very good service if the lone striker is to get the better of the former Burnley man at the heart of the Everton defence. Confidence will have increased ten fold for Benteke after getting a goal against Arsenal while Keane will be buoyed by the clean sheet against United.
The visitors have been in great form and will provide yet another stern test for the Eagles on their home turf. We are all too well aware how poor the home form has been this season so with two games remaining at Selhurst, six points would go some way to make up for that in what would be a fine end to the season. Whether that will happen is a different matter entirely but we have every confidence in a narrow Palace win (of course!), particularly if the Everton side that lost at Fulham returns to London.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Toffee Analysis prediction (see link below) – draw
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 8/5
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 13/8
- Both teams to score – 8/11