After their recent revival, Everton fans will have hoped their safety would be secured by now, two winless matches means there is still a bit of work to do. After beating Chelsea and Leicester, Everton were held to a goalless draw by already-relegated Watford and they followed that up with a 3-2 defeat to Brentford at the weekend.
The defeat, which Everton ended with nine men, kept the Toffees just two points clear of 18th-placed Burnley with both sides having two games left to play. However, Everton will be more focussed on the gap between themselves and 17th-placed Leeds. Should the Toffees win on Thursday, they would move four points clear of Leeds and out of reach of Jesse Marsch’s side, securing Everton’s safety with one game to spare.
Looking to spoil the party are a Crystal Palace side who may still harbour hopes of a positive top-half finish. Patrick Vieira has had a very good first season in south London, making Palace a very tough side to beat. Only the top three have lost fewer games than Palace’s 11 in the Premier League this season, while only five teams have conceded fewer goals.
The reason for Palace’s low standing in the table, at 13th, is due to their league-high 15 draws (joint-top with Brighton). There have been two draws for Palace in their past four league matches, against Leeds and Aston Villa, but they have come either side of victories over Southampton and Watford, leaving the Eagles just three points behind ninth-placed Leicester.
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Everton vs Crystal Palace match stats
Including his goal against Brentford at the weekend, Richarlison has now been directly involved in seven goals in his past nine Premier League appearances, scoring five and providing two assists. Overall, he’s just two goal involvements away from equalling his personal best for a Premier League season – recording 16 in 2019/20.
Everton let their emotions get the better of them against Brentford at the weekend, with two red cards and it’s been a problem for the Toffees under Frank Lampard. Since Lampard took over in February, Everton have been shown 38 cards in the Premier League (33 yellow, five red), with only Leeds receiving more.
20 March 2022 – Crystal Palace 4-0 Everton – FA Cup
12 December 2021 – Crystal Palace 3-1 Everton – Premier League
5 April 2021 – Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League
26 September 2020 – Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton – Premier League
8 February 2020 – Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League
Everton will be hoping to avoid three straight defeats against Palace across all competitions, having lost the reverse fixture in the league this season on top of a humiliating 4-0 loss in the FA Cup. The Toffees will be boosted, however, by the fact that they are unbeaten at Goodison Park vs Palace in six meetings since 2014.
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