Midfield Battle Key Against Everton As Palace To Miss Tomkins And Zaha

Opening day is here for the long awaited 2019/20 Premier League season. It’s been a long summer, and we’re back at Selhurst Park. TEB have all the essentials you need for the upcoming game against Everton.

DATE

10th August 2019

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park

LAST SEASON

27/04/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton (25,789)

REFEREE

Jon Moss

INJURIES

Palace: James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp

Everton: Fabian Delph, Leighton Baines, Jean-Phillippe Gbamin

James Tomkins
James Tomkins, out injured since last season

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

None

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 27/04/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 12/05/2019 Crystal Palace 5-3 Bournemouth
  • 04/05/2019 Cardiff City 2-3 Crystal Palace
  • 27/04/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
  • 21/04/2019 Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace
  • 14/04/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City

Last FIVE results for Everton;

  • 12/05/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton
  • 03/05/2019 Everton 2-0 Burnley
  • 27/04/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
  • 21/04/2019 Everton 4-0 Manchester United
  • 13/04/2019 Fulham 2-0 Everton

RECORD AGAINST EVERTON

  • Played 49
  • Won 12
  • Drawn 17
  • Lost 20

ONE TO WATCH

Moise Kean signed for Everton from Juventus
Everton’s new signing Moise Kean, signed from Juventus on August 4th

MOISE KEAN

Former clubs – Asti, Torino, Juventus, Verona (loan)

The 19 year old striker joined Everton this month from Italian giants Juventus, signing a five year contract at Goodison Park. The deal cost the Merseyside club Β£25million which could rise to Β£27.5million.

Kean made his professional debut for Juve in 2016 and went on to score 7 goals in 16 games. He had a loan spell at Verona during the 2017/18 season but has found game time in Turin hard to come by. After representing Italy at several youth levels, he has made three full international appearances, the first against the United States in November 2018.

KEY CLASH

LUKA MILIVOJEVIC v ANDRE GOMES

The battle in the middle of the park is likely to be extremely important in this match up, and the performance of these two internationals will be one to look out for.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Palace go into the game unbeaten in 4 (3 wins and a draw) Premier League games and will be keen on making it 5.
  • Everton have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 away games against Palace in all competitions.
  • Palace have been level at both half time and full time in 5 of the last 7 home games against Everton in all competitions.
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last 9 games against Palace in all competitions.

PREDICTION

Both teams will be chomping at the bit to get going but more importantly, the sole aim will be to get a result in this first game of the Premier League season. The two clubs have been active as the transfer window wound down this week and will be ready to focus on the job at hand. What will be key is integrating the new players and it will be interesting to see if any new signings make a start.

After a stressful week for fans, let alone anyone at the club, it will be deemed a small victory by Palace who retained the services of Wilfried Zaha. The integral part to this Palace side is likely to miss out on this fixture having only returned to training on Monday the exertions of the AFCON in the summer.

Wilfried Zaha (pictured) will miss Palace's opener
Wilfried Zaha (pictured) will miss Palace’s opener after returning from AFCON late

Roy Hodgson will not have a lot of time to assess new additions Gary Cahill, Victor Camarasa and James McCarthy but a couple of them are likely to play some part in the game, particularly with Tomkins and Zaha both expected to miss out.

The visitors bring an abundance of talent with them for this fixture and will once again prove hard to beat, but the Eagles are equally tough to break down so this could well be a stalemate which may suit both teams.

Final score: 1-1 (Benteke, Richarlison)

OPPOSITION VIEW

We spoke to the guys at The Blue Room this week ahead of their trip to South London on opening weekend in the Premier League. Find out what they told us about their summer, the season ahead and plenty more.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 21/10
  • Draw – 11/5
  • Away – 11/8
  • Both teams to score – 4/5
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