Everton v Crystal Palace – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

Everton host Crystal Palace in a Monday Night Football clash that might prove to have large implications for clubs trying to avoid relegation, writes LEWIS WILLIAMS.

Everton arrive with a cushion of 9 days since their 2-0 defeat against Manchester City and are a team I’ve struggled to build an identity for this season.

A breathtaking November and December campaign that saw them beat the likes of Newcastle and Chelsea seems to be the only thing keeping the Toffees out of the relegation zone after their 10-point deduction has brought them down to a somewhat stagnant position at 18th in the Premier League.

Too many are entirely ruling out the potentiality of Everton playing in the Championship next season. Although they are 3/1 with starsports.bet to be relegated, it’s certainly not out of the question after recent form and the penalty points could prove vital in the 18th place battle between themselves, Luton, and Nottingham Forest.

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EVERTON V CRYSTAL PALACE
Premier League
Goodison Park
20.00 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches – 10 years)
JAN 2024 FA CUP Everton 1-0 Crystal Palace
JAN 2024 FA CUP Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
NOV 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 2-3 Everton
APR 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
OCT 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 3-0 Crystal Palace
MAY 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace
MAR 2022 FA CUP Crystal Palace 4-0 Everton
DEC 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 3-1 Everton
APR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
SEP 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton

Similar to Palace’s first half against Chelsea, Everton held a lid on Pep’s City for 45 minutes despite having virtually none of the ball, until a somewhat inevitable collapse in the second half.

The 0.02 Expected Goals in the final 45 minutes tells you everything about Sean Dyche’s attacking options and their confidence lately, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin perched on just three goals this season in 20 games, a stark contrast to his previous heights of 16 and 13 goal tallies.

Everton’s quietness in front of goal lately is part of an overall trend, with just two goals in their last five Premier League games and failing to score against the likes of Wolves and Fulham.

However, their saving grace this season could prove to be Dyche’s trademark lack of goals conceded which currently sits on 32 and is the lowest out of any club in the bottom half by 8 and is currently the 4th lowest in the table.

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Crystal Palace are currently in the middle of a slight internal crisis. Their only victory this year was against rock-bottom Sheffield United and most recently on Thursday it was being reported that Roy Hodgson was about to lose his job before he collapsed and was taken ill to hospital, which further complicated the situation. Thoughts are with Roy at this time and we expect to hear a club statement early this week.

If reports are correct, 49 year-old Oliver Glasner seems a certainty to take up Roy’s throne in the upcoming days and there’s every chance he can ignite a new flame in his players and get more out of the likes of Eze and Olise than has previously been the stagnant case this season.

However, those two club stars are ruled out so the pressure is on midfielder Jefferson Lerma, whose goal last week was a freak of nature, and Jean-Philippe Mateta to step up their goalscoring efforts to fill the void.

Palace defended stoutly and won the first half against Chelsea last Monday and despite having just 20% of the ball in the first 45 minutes, they did well keeping the Blues quiet seen by the away side having not a single shot on goal and a mere 0.07 Expected Goals with their 80% first-half possession. A repeat of that defensive performance could see this game going closer than the odds suggest.

VERDICT
Although top scorers Olise and Eze are both ruled out of tonight’s clash, the Eagles will still be playing a similar lineup that forced Chelsea to pull out all the stops in the second half last week, and that same Chelsea took Manchester City all the way on Saturday. Despite the 1-0 result to the home side in January, Everton have failed to beat Luton and Fulham since then and I’m happy to take Palace to reverse the form at 3/1 with starsports.bet

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