Palace Entertain Toffees In Bid For Top Spot

Two games into the new campaign and Palace find themselves in a top of the table clash at Selhurst Park as free-scoring Everton are the visitors to South London to play live in front of the Amazon Prime cameras. Much has been said about the new additions that the Toffees have made to their squad for the new campaign but they have made an impact even at this early stage of the season.

DATE

26th September 2020

KICK OFF

3pm – live coverage on Amazon Prime

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

Both sides struggled to find the net when Everton last came to visit and it really was much ado about nothing apart from Morgan Schneiderlin receiving his marching order with a little over ten minutes to play.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Michael Keane (7.6)

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Kevin Friend

ASSISTANTS – Simon Beck, Eddie Smart, Gavin Ward (fourth official)

VAR – Anthony Taylor, Gary Beswick (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Connor Wickham, Patrick van Aanholt, Jairo Riedewald, Christian Benteke, James Tomkins, Scott Dann, Gary Cahill, Nathan Ferguson

EVERTON – Jarrad Branthwaite, Mason Holgate, Jonas Lossl, Cenk Tosun, Jean-Philippe Gbamin

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – none

YELLOW CARDS – James McCarthy (1), Jeffrey Schlupp (1), Joel Ward (1), Abdoulaye Doucoure

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 08/02/2020 Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace
  • 10/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
  • 27/04/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
  • 21/10/2018 Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 10/02/2018 Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 19/09/2020 Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace
  • 15/09/2020 Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace
  • 12/09/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
  • 05/09/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Brondby
  • 01/09/2020 Millwall 0-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Everton;

  • 23/09/2020 Fleetwood Town 2-5 Everton
  • 19/09/2020 Everton 5-2 West Bromwich Albion
  • 16/09/2020 Everton 3-0 Salford City
  • 13/09/2020 Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Everton
  • 05/09/2020 Everton 2-0 Preston North End

RECORD AGAINST EVERTON

  • Played 51
  • Won 12
  • Drawn 18
  • Lost 21

ONE TO WATCH

JAMES DAVID RODRIGUEZ RUBIO

FORMER CLUBS – Academia Tolimense de Fútbol, Envigado, Banfield, Porto, Monaco, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich (loan)

The 29-year-old will be remembered for his starring role for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup where he won the Golden Boot as top scorer. Interestingly, he has never amassed over 100 appearances for any club he has played for. The closest he got was 85 for Real Madrid but he does currently have 76 caps for his country after featuring at Under 17 and 20 levels.

KEY CLASH

JAMES MCCARTHY v ABDOULAYE DOUCOURE

The Irishman put in a real stint at Old Trafford last weekend and will be expected to do the same against the no nonsense former Watford man who has switched yellow for the blue of Everton this summer. This match up will be key to deciding where the points will go.

PRE MATCH FACTS

  • Everton have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 8 away matches against Palace
  • Palace have been drawing at half time and full time in 6 of the last 8 home matches against Everton
  • Everton have not beaten Palace at Selhurst Park since January 2017
  • Palace have drawn their last 3 home matches against Everton

PRE MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (3)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp (1)
  • PASSES – James McArthur (54)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (10)
  • TOUCHES – Joel Ward (95)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (6)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (8)

PREDICTION

Both sides have started the season very well, perhaps better than many expected of each of them but there is no doubt that the hopes of keeping the winning run going will be high in each camp. Palace have had a longer break seeing as their involvement in the EFL Cup ended at the hands of Bournemouth while the visitors were on the road to beat lower league opposition. While that is unlikely to play too much of a part in this game, Roy Hodgson would have been happy with the additional time he has had on the training pitch to prepare and focus. We can see this one ending in a draw with both teams very attack minded, so will hopefully be an entertaining game.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 13/5
  • Draw – 11/5
  • Away – 11/10
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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