Competition: Premier League – Everton vs Crystal Palace
Venue: Goodison Park – Monday, December 7 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: Everton 21/20 – Draw 13/5 – Crystal Palace 12/5
The Toffees have enjoyed a mixed start to the season but are unbeaten in four and now look to be in good shape.
They will be devastated with the way they threw away a two-goal lead against Bournemouth last week, only to draw 3-3, but they followed up that result with a 2-0 League Cup win against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
Everton’s Premier League record: P14 – W5 – D6 – L3
Roberto Martinez’s side have a favourable run of fixtures coming up on paper and will expect to take all three points against Palace on Monday.
Alan Pardew’s Eagles are struggling to soar to the heights they were early on in the season but they have won two of their last three and are better away from home so they will be confident.
They came from behind to beat Newcastle 5-1 last Saturday and beat Liverpool in their last away game. More success on Merseyside will be on the agenda this week.
Liverpool’s Premier League record: P14 – W7 – D1 – L6
This will be the 13th Premier League meeting between the two sides. Everton have won six of the previous 12 games but have only won one of their last four league games against the Eagles.
Everton could be without six players for the visit of Palace as Phil Jagielka, Bryan Oviedo, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are all out, while Tyias Browning and James McCarthy remain doubts.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will be without three players as Kwesi Appiah and Bakary Sakho are both injured, while Wilfried Zaha is suspended.
Everton’s last five: L/W/D/W/D
Crystal Palace’s last five: L/D/W/L/W
Key Stat: Everton have only won one of their last five home games against Crystal Palace in all competitions.
Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The powerful striker has six goals in his last six games and looks dangerous every time he gets near the goal. The Palace defence will be fearing the prospect of containing him.
Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace – This should be an open and entertaining game between two attacking sides. The Toffees will hope home advantage can help them to take all three points and climb ahead of Palace in the league table.