FA Cup Fever Returns To Selhurst With Everton Standing In The Way Of A Semi Final Place

This is where the nerves start to kick with hopes starting to look ahead of what could be should Palace get through this quarter final tie against Everton. It will certainly not be easy but this is a real chance for Patrick Vieira and his team to make something of what has been a compelling season so far.

DATE

20th March 2022

KICK OFF

12.30pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

The Eagles last took on the Toffees at Selhurst Park in December 2021 when Conor Gallagher gave the hosts the lead right before the break after good work by Jordan Ayew. James Tomkins doubled Palace’s lead shortly into the second half but Salomon Rondon reduced the arrears soon after. Gallagher sealed the three points with his second and Palace’s third in injury time.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Conor Gallagher (9.8)

OFFICIALS

Referee – Stuart Attwell; Assistant Referees – Constantine Hatzidakis, Dan Cook; Fourth Official – John Brooks; VAR – Lee Mason; AVAR – Matthew Wilkes

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Martin Kelly, Will Hughes and Luka Milivojevic are fit again after illness, while James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson continue to miss out due to injury.

EVERTON – Jordan Pickford is out because of illness as Allan misses the tie due to suspension. Donny van de Beek, Dele Alli and Anwar El Ghazi are cup tied.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Wilfried Zaha (1), Allan (1), Jonjoe Kenny (1), Mason Holgate (1)

YELLOW CARDS (6+) – Conor Gallagher (8), Joel Ward (6), Allan (6), Richarlison (6)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 12/12/21 Palace 3-1 Everton
  • 05/04/21 Everton 1-1 Palace
  • 26/09/20 Palace 1-2 Everton
  • 08/02/20 Everton 3-1 Palace
  • 10/08/19 Palace 0-0 Everton

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 14/03/22 Palace 0-0 City
  • 05/03/22 Wolves 0-2 Palace
  • 01/03/22 Palace 2-1 Stoke
  • 26/02/22 Palace 1-1 Burnley
  • 23/02/22 Watford 1-4 Palace

Last FIVE results for Everton;

  • 17/03/22 Everton 1-0 Newcastle
  • 13/03/22 Everton 0-1 Wolves
  • 07/03/22 Spurs 5-0 Everton
  • 03/03/22 Everton 2-0 Boreham Wood
  • 26/02/22 Everton 0-1 City

RECORD AGAINST EVERTON

  • Played 54
  • Won 13
  • Drawn 19
  • Lost 22

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Conor Gallagher 7.26
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.89
  • Demarai Gray 6.84
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure 6.80

ONE TO WATCH

ANTHONY GORDON

FORMER CLUBS – Preston North End (loan)

The young attacking midfielder is one of the bright lights this season for Everton having made the break through into the first team during the last campaign. His pace and skill will always cause problems for opponents which has seen him appear for England at several youth levels.

KEY CLASH

JEAN-PHILIPPE MATETA v BEN GODFREY

Having seemingly been the striker of choice in recent weeks, Mateta has been in fine form of late to back that up and he will looking to soften up the likes of Ben Godfrey at the heart of the visitors defence during this cup tie.

MATCH FACTS

  • Palace had not beaten Everton in 13 matches (D7 L6) before their 3-1 Premier League victory over the Toffees in December, a run dating back to September 2014
  • The Eagles have never beaten Everton twice in the same campaign
  • Everton have not lost consecutive away games at Palace since 1971 and they conceded as many times in their trip to Selhurst Park in December as they had in their 8 prior visits combined
  • There have been 21 goals across the previous seven FA Cup meetings between Palace (11) and Everton (20) – but Palace have progressed just once from those five ties and replays
  • This is Palace’s second FA Cup quarter-final in the last 4 seasons, falling at this stage in 2018-19 to Watford
  • The Eagles had only reached the last 8 in 2 of the 28 campaigns before that season, in 1994-95 and 2015-16, going on to the reach the final of the latter
  • Palace manager Patrick Vieira is unbeaten in 18 games in the FA Cup as a player (15) and a manager (3), since losing the 2003-04 semi-final against Manchester United with Arsenal.
  • Everton are appearing in the quarter-final of the FA Cup for the 47th time, the most of any side in the competition’s history, and they have won 26 of their previous 46 last-eight ties (57%)
  • The Toffees are winless in their past 10 FA Cup away games in London (D4 L6) since beating Charlton in the third round in 1991 under Howard Kendall
  • Richarlison has scored five goals in his six FA Cup starts for Everton, although four of those strikes have come at Goodison Park
  • Four-time FA Cup winner and Everton boss Frank Lampard has won 10 of his 14 matches in the competition since becoming a manager, behind only Pep Guardiola (17) in that timeframe

PLAYER STATISTICS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (9 – 11th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Michael Olise (5 – 13th in PL)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (1781  – 9th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (90 – 2nd in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (2075 – 10th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (45)
  • SAVES – Guaita (69 – 12th in PL)

DID YOU KNOW?

Everton have lost the most FA Cup Semi-Finals of any other team, 13 to date. Significant losses include a 2-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool, a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea and, most recently, a 2-1 loss to Manchester United. Having said that, they have made 26 appearances in the semi finals in total so have won 13, the fifth most

PREDICTION

As we have always said throughout this cup campaign, a lot depends on how much attention managers are paying to the FA Cup, but having reached the quarter finals, things suddenly get serious. Having said that, this a welcome break for the league particularly for the visitors, but let’s be honest, anything could happen. We are banking on the home tie being the key to this tie and the Eagles just to edge it.

FINAL SCORE:  2-1 to Palace

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 10/11
  • Draw – 23/10
  • Away – 16/5
  • Both teams to score – 10/11

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