Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Crystal Palace

Competition: Premier League – Everton FC vs. Crystal Palace FC

Venue: Goodison Park – Friday, September 30 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Everton 4/6 – Draw 29/10 – Crystal Palace 19/5

Match Preview

Everton take on Crystal Palace under the lights at Goodison Park in this week’s Friday night Premier League clash in a battle between two sides that have started the season well.

Both teams come into the game inside the top seven and so an exciting contest is expected here.

Everton will be desperate to bounce back from a shock defeat at Bournemouth last weekend. That was their first loss under Ronald Koeman and they need to show that was just a blip, rather than anything more serious at this early stage.

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The Toffees had won four in a row before that 1-0 loss and strolled past Middlesbrough in their last home game. They are expected to win Friday’s game but Palace look like they mean business.

Alan Pardew’s men showed incredible character to come from two goals down at Sunderland to win 3-2 last weekend. They have now won three on the spin and are looking for a third away win of the campaign.

Few would have expected the Eagles to be in the top half of the table after they took just one point from their first three fixtures but something has clicked and the arrival of Christian Benteke has giving them a focal point to build from in attack.

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This will be the 15th Premier League meeting between the two sides. The worry for Everton is that they have failed to beat Palace at home in their last three league games (D1 L2) so the pressure is on the hosts to put on a show for the home fans.

Team News

Everton have four players ruled out of this one, with Muhamed Besic, Tyias Browning, Matthew Pennington and James McCarthy all unavailable. Leighton Baines is a doubt and could miss a second-straight game, while Darron Gibson isn’t expected to feature.

Crystal Palace will be without key defender Scott Dann, while Pape Souare is a long-term absentee. Loic Remy remains out, while Wilfried Zaha is a doubt after missing last week’s win with a hamstring problem.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/W/W/W/L

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Leaky – Crystal Palace have not kept a clean sheet in 11 consecutive Premier League games.

Key Player: Idrissa Gueye – The Everton midfielder has been excellent since signing from Villa in the summer and has made the most tackles in the Premier League so far this term. He will need to break up play here to give Everton the best chance of success.

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Score Prediction

Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace – Palace have been on an excellent run but Everton will be fired up for Friday’s game. The home support should help the Toffees edge this one, while the absence of Scott Dann is a worry for the Eagles backline up against Romelu Lukaku. Everton to win it by the odd goal.


One thought on “Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Crystal Palace

  1. it was not Everton’s first loss under Koeman. Everton lost on Tuesday night to a second string championship side Norwich in the EFL League cup (something Everton have always done very badly in). Everton lost 2-0, they where martinez-esque bad.

    Last Saturday against Bournemouth they again where where Martinez-esque woeful, and the really worrying thing is that Koeman thought that in both games they where okay. If okay is being beaten by a second string championship side, who themselves where woeful , and a Bournemouth side we should have hammered no offence to either sets of supporters, but we should have battered both these teams.

    Palace are always a handful and a pretty good team home and away, the fact they are never higher up the league at the end of a campaign defies sense. A little bit of stability some backing, like Everton have, and Palace themselves are flying. Just because we took Bolaise off them, doesn’t mean they are not a threat.

    It comes down to this, Koeman only had to scratch the surface of the Everton team, to see how depleted / poor the squad actually is. Walsh had better have a list for Koeman on 1 January so he can buy every player he needs in this Everton team and get rid of most of the dead-wood..being the crappy Moyes and Martinez players (except Barry, Baines and Lukaku) they all have this mentality to surrender when the idea of winning gets to difficult. This mental disorder was first put into the players heads by Gollum Moyes and then reinforced by Martinez, who a) simply had no idea how to get players fit. b) didn’t care they where not fit. c) didn’t care about results either as long as they played backwards and sideways doing nothing with the ball.

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