Frank Lampard’s side had to wait until their seventh Premier League game of the season for their first taste of victory, beating West Ham 1-0 just before the international break. It looked as though that win was the start of a rise up the table, especially as Everton won their next match beating Southampton 2-1. However, the Toffees have since faltered.
Everton go into this game on a three-match losing streak in the Premier League which sees them just one point clear of the relegation zone even though they are up in 15th. However, the winless run has seen them go up against tough opposition, losing to Manchester United, Tottenham and Newcastle all by one-goal margins. There does still seem to be optimism at Goodison Park and belief that Lampard is the man to lift Everton up the table, but the Toffees have been given a 45.34% of relegation by Opta’s AI-controlled season predictions.
On the other side of this match, Crystal Palace will be hoping to build on their recent unbeaten run. Having returned from the international break in defeat to Chelsea, Palace are now unbeaten in three Premier League games, with two wins and one draw. The stalemate came against struggling Leicester but was sandwiched by victories over Leeds and Wolves, with Palace coming from behind in both games.
As a result, Palace are 11th, four points clear of the relegation zone while also having a game in hand as their match vs Brighton before the international break was postponed due to rail strikes. The run comes at a good time for Palace as small doubts had started to creep in at Selhurst Park surrounding Patrick Vieira and his ability to lift the Eagles away from the relegation group long-term.
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Everton vs Crystal Palace match stats
Goodison Park was a fortress for Everton towards the end of last season and their home form is what kept the Toffees in the Premier League. But so far this season it’s been a tough watch. In five home Premier League matches so far, Everton have scored just three goals, with no team scoring fewer at home this season. Overall, Goodison Park has seen two 1-0 games, a goalless draw, a 1-1 and a 2-1.
Everton may be struggling up the pitch but they do have a man between their sticks capable of keeping goals out at the other end. Jordan Pickford has been extremely busy this season and has averaged 4.1 saves per 90 minutes in the Premier League. Only Bernd Leno (4.56) has averaged more saves per 90 than Pickford, whose club-mate Asmir Begovic also had to make four in his sole appearance.