Eagles Return To Action After What Seems A Mid Season Break

After a three week break Palace return with a trip to take on Everton and a chance of closing in on the top ten in the Premier League, but the hosts have ambitions of their own and a return to European competition is well within their reach.

 

DATE

5th April 2021

KICK OFF

6pm

VENUE

Goodison Park, Goodison Road, Liverpool, L4 4EL

LAST TIME

It was February 2020 when the Eagles last made the trip up the blue half of Merseyside and they returned empty handed after a 3-1 defeat. Bernard gave the hosts the lead early on before Christian Benteke gave Palace hope with an equaliser early in the second half. Richarlison put Everton in front again soon after and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed the points with two minutes left to play.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Richarlison (8.9)        

OFFICIALS

Referee: Kevin Friend. Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Simon Beck. Fourth official: Andy Madley. VAR: Graham Scott. Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes.

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – James McArthur, Nathaniel Clyne, Tyrick Mitchell, James McCarthy, Nathan Ferguson, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Wayne Hennessey

EVERTON – James Rodriguez, Robin Olsen, Fabian Delph, Jordan Pickford, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Bernard, Tom Davies, Ben Godfrey

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1), Lucas Digne (1), Richarlison (1)

YELLOW CARDS (4+) – Luka Milivojevic (7), Mason Holgate (6), Abdoulaye Doucoure (6), Wilfried Zaha (4), Allan (4), Ben Godfrey (4)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 26/09/2020 Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 13/03/2021 Crystal Palace 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
  • 07/03/2021 Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Crystal Palace
  • 03/03/2021 Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United
  • 28/02/2021 Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham
  • 22/02/2021 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Everton;

  • 20/03/2021 Everton 0-2 Manchester City
  • 13/03/2021 Everton 1-2 Burnley
  • 08/03/2021 Chelsea 2-0 Everton
  • 04/03/2021 West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Everton
  • 01/03/2021 Everton 1-0 Southampton

RECORD AGAINST EVERTON

  • Played 52
  • Won 12
  • Drawn 18
  • Lost 22

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • James Rodriguez 7.24
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin 7.22
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.90
  • Christian Benteke 6.89

ONE TO WATCH

ANDRE GOMES

FORMER CLUBS – Porto, Pasteleira, Boavista, Benfica, Valencia, Barcelona

It is impressive how well the Portuguese international has bounced back from such a horrible injury but he is back in the starting eleven and showing just what Everton have missed in his time on the sidelines. Since joining from Barcelona in 2018, Gomes has made well over 50 appearances for the Toffees.

KEY CLASH

CHEIKHOU KOUYATE v DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN

The two will go head to head in the game and both have been in good for their clubs this season. It is likely that the Everton striker will move between both Palace centre backs and his strength in the air will be a threat but Kouyate has performed well this season is his new position at the club.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace have not won at Goodison in 5 attempts
  • Their last victory in this fixture was in September 2014
  • In fact, that was Palace’s last victory over Everton home or away
  • Everton are on a 3 game winning streak in this fixture

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (9 – 12th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend (4)
  • PASSES – Luka Milivojevic 1030
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (64 – 9th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Luka Milivojevic (1312)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (45)

PREDICTION

Difficult to know how this one will go for two reasons – it is three weeks since Palace were last in action along with the fact that they have been very Jekyll and Hyde this season. Having said that, there should be plenty of fresh legs in the squad to give the hosts a game.

FINAL SCORE: 2-2 

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 4/5
  • Draw – 12/5
  • Away – 15/4
  • Both teams to score – 11/10

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