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Everton vs Crystal Palace: Predictions
Everton hit patchy form just before the international break, suffering back-to-back defeats in the league, including a 2-1 loss at home to Burnley, while also exiting the FA Cup to Man City, placing a little bit of pressure of Carlo Ancelotti to stop this mini rot and get the Toffees’ European hopes back on track.
Their opponents this weekend could not have come in a more favourable guise, as the Merseysiders are currently enjoying a 12-match unbeaten run against Crystal Palace, stretching back to September 2014, while the south Londoners have also kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 Premier League away games.
The challenge for Roy Hodgson will be to buck those recent trends and push for a top-half-of-the-table finish, or risk another season of mediocrity, an outcome he will be looking to avoid as he enters the final few months of his contract at Selhurst Park.
As it stands, Palace are neither in threat of relegation or on course to push for Europe, but there is a scenario where seventh could be open to the inaugural Europa Conference League, and the capital club will be eager to get involved in that conversation with a late flourish, which is not beyond the realms of possibility.
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Everton vs Crystal Palace: Match Stats
Everton have simply been too hot to handle for Palace in recent times, becoming a bit of a kryptonite, particularly for Hodgson, or at least the temperamental turf of Goodison Park. The evergreen tactician is yet to win at Everton’s ground across his career, losing each of his last seven visits.
In fact, Goodison Park is the ground Hodgson has managed at the most without ever winning in the competition, something he’ll be looking to rectify this weekend, but in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he faces a striker in the peak of his powers, and someone who will be looking to uphold that barren record for the ex-England coach.
The England international (14 goals) is hot on the heels of Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah (17 goals apiece) in the Golden Boot race, while he is also eyeing up an in-house milestone, looking to match Tim Cahill’s record seven headers for the most in a single campaign for Everton (Calvert-Lewin is currently on six headers).
26 Sep 2020 – Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton – Premier League
08 Feb 2020 – Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League
10 Aug 2019 – Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton – Premier League
27 Apr 2019 – Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton – Premier League
21 Oct 2018 – Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace – Premier League
Everton are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace, but quite incredibly, the Toffees have not completed a double over the Londoners since the 2004/05 season. A 2-1 win in September through goals from Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison ensured Ancelotti’s side maintained their perfect start to the season and elicited early optimism from Evertonians. The Italian will be hoping to recapture that feel-good feeling this weekend and boost his side’s hopes of achieving European football.