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Palace Preview: Striking stat reveals Ancelotti’s Everton turnaround

8 February 2020

When Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Everton, he inherited a club languishing near the foot of the Premier League table, struggling to collect points despite an impressive, well-stocked playing squad.

Today, he has collected 16 of a possible 21 points and has guided the Toffees to sit ninth in the league. In fact, almost 50% of Everton’s points this season have come under Ancelotti, who’s led just 28% of their league matches.

The Italian’s turnaround on Merseyside sees him and the Blues competing with only Liverpool for form: the Reds are the only side to have collected more from their last 10 games. The Toffees have lost just one league match with Ancelotti at the helm - a 2-1 defeat to second-placed Manchester City.

Furthermore, Everton have turned Goodison Park into something of a fortress this season: going unbeaten in five league games (W3 D2) while earning three clean sheets in their last four on home soil. Indeed, the Toffees have suffered just three defeats in their last 17 home league games (W10 D4).

But Palace can take solace from four of their five Premier League wins against Everton having been on Merseyside (80%). Against no other team have the Eagles won more Premier League away games (also four against Leicester).

The last time out between these two sides saw Selhurst Park host a deadlocked match, in which Morgan Schneiderlin received a second yellow card for his foul on Luka Milivojevic.

The Eagles enjoyed two threatening spells during that meeting: at the end of the first-half and between the 56-57th minutes. Alas, the game remained goalless - but the two sides haven’t been involved in a 0-0 draw for 18 clashes between them in all competitions.

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Did you know?

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the highest Premier League goalscorer this season among players who haven’t provided a single assist so far (10). 

Tactical overview

Everton have scored at least once in every league game they’ve played under Ancelotti, with their attack-minded 4-4-2 lineup ensuring they’re well-equipped going forwards.

Attack-wise, the Toffees can call upon Moise Kean, Calvert-Lewin, Alex Iwobi, Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott. This means a talented player is always available on each wing with two adept frontmen leading the line.

Team news

Palace’s squad is far better stocked now than it has been for the past two months, with Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke and Patrick van Aanholt all featuring in the Sheffield United game after respective 10, nine and eight matches out. 

However, they will be without forward Cenk Tosun, who is not eligible to play against his parent club. In addition, Martin Kelly has sustained a slight calf strain and will not be available to play.

Everton are also relatively fortunate in the medical department, with only long-term absentees Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin the only players missing. Gbamin is still suffering from a long-term thigh injury.

Fabian Delph is suspended after collecting two yellow cards against Watford last Saturday.

How to follow

On TV

This game will be shown live on BT Sport 1 from 12pm.

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Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

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Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Everton clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Report: Palace trumped in harsh Goodison clash

Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace

8 February 2020

Crystal Palace were undone by an in-form Everton this afternoon at Goodison Park as Roy Hodgson's men showed periods of attacking promise only to fall to a harsh 3-1 scoreline.

Summary

  • Hodgson names the same starting XI which faced Sheffield United as Wilfried Zaha plays his 350th Palace game
  • Patrick van Aanholt smacks the ball off the post
  • Bernard hands Everton the lead within 20 minutes
  • Palace create a number of small half-chances, but nothing to trouble Jordan Pickford
  • Half-time: Everton 1-0 Palace
  • The second-half starts far better for the Eagles
  • Palace pull level through Christian Benteke on his 100th Premier League game for the club
  • The Toffees regain their lead shortly afterwards as Richarlison strikes from the edge of the box
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin adds a third
  • Full-time: Everton 3-1 Palace

This afternoon’s clash began at a surprisingly high tempo for an early kick-off between two mid-table sides, and after a Lucas Digne free-kick which Vicente Guaita pushed to safety after five minutes, Crystal Palace and Everton settled in to the style the game’s first-half would maintain. 

But it was a style filled with fleeting opportunity and, had Palace’s final balls enjoyed better luck, Hodgson’s men may have benefitted from an early lead. 

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The Eagles sat fairly compact in their own half, with Everton probing from some distance and Palace retaliating along the channels. In one such move, Christian Benteke surged forward to establish the visitors in the Toffees’ third and won a corner. From the resulting cluster, Patrick van Aanholt cannoned the ball off Jordan Pickford’s near-post, but the Dutchman was left to watch as his early effort ricocheted to the shirts in blue who turned it against the advertising boards.

The south Londoners enjoyed several marauds into the opposition danger zones, but it was the home side who would celebrate first when Bernard, given space at the centre of Palace’s box, volleyed home from 10 yards on the end of a looping Theo Walcott cross.

No sooner had Walcott assisted his team’s climb into the ascendancy did the winger suffer a familiar fate: leaving the field injured just minutes after displaying his talent along the flanks.

Having fired themselves ahead, Everton seemed unperturbed by Walcott's removal, and Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form side kept the Palace backguard alert through a dominant Toffees spell. 

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Dominance exchanged hands repeatedly throughout the half, however, and Palace continued to display encouraging signs - though, frustratingly, they continued to miscue chances, too. 

Jordan Ayew, having swapped wings with Wilfried Zaha, appeared bright and played a series of finely drilled balls towards Benteke’s head. After one such pass, the Belgian cutely knocked into James McArthur’s path, but the No.18 could only strike over the bar.

The Eagles were similarly gravelled barely two minutes later when Zaha doggedly followed an overhit through-ball and dispossessed the onrushing Pickford. With the ball spinning loose, Palace were dealt a fortunate hand, but the home side’s defence were able to save themselves - legally sending Zaha sprawling to the turf.

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Returning for the second-half with a more aggressive front three spearheading attacks, Palace’s improved performance was marked by their improved finishing. 

With Zaha, Ayew and Benteke catching the Everton backline off-guard with their frenetic pressing, Palace were able to pull themselves level: Zaha fed Benteke with pinpoint accuracy and the Belgian, celebrating his 100th Premier League game in red and blue, struck the ball hard under Pickford’s body to make the game justifiably equal.

The Eagles had stepped up their game markedly and repeatedly unnerved their hosts, but Hodgson’s men were cruelly cut down by their own tactic deployed against them. Bursting free on the counter-attack, Richarlison scored against the run of play by burying well into Guaita’s bottom left corner from the edge of Palace’s box.

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The Eagles were trailing for the second time of the afternoon and almost reenacted their earlier equaliser when Benteke headed from point-blank range towards Pickford’s net, but this time the England shot stopper won the battle and made an astonishing reaction save.

The game continued to burn brightly as the Merseyside air cooled, and Guaita was forced into cat-like action to deny Gylfi Sigurdsson on the end of an unchallenged dance into the box.

Both sides had turned their tame first-half pushes into solid second-half opportunities. 

Yet again, dominance changed hands throughout the second-half, with Everton enjoying the lion’s share of the offensive passages between the 60th and 70th minute after Palace’s energetic opening to the second 45.

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Indeed, Everton would be the side to end the game in high spirits after Dominic Calvert-Lewin prodded home from five yards while reacting to Richarlison’s post-striking header. Minutes later, the forward faced a near mirror-image of the chance, but this time he spooned the ball high from Guaita’s block.

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By full-time, the Eagles were undone by a harsh scoreline reflecting unjustly on their persistent efforts.

Everton: Pickford, Digne, Keane, Mina, Coleman, Bernard (Davies 65), Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson (Holgate 86), Walcott (Sidibe 26), Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Iwobi, Kean.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Tomkins (Dann 61), Cahill, Ward (Kouyate 79), McArthur, Milivojevic, McCarthy (Meyer 68), Ayew, Zaha, Benteke.

Subs: Hennessey, Mitchell, Riedewald, Townsend.

Full highlights of this game will be available for free via Palace TV alongside post-match reactions and both managers' press conferences. View it all by clicking here or 'Palace TV' in the official app.

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Ticket News

Tickets now on sale for Everton v Palace

6 January 2020

Tickets for Crystal Palace's away game with Everton (February 8th, 12:30pm) are now on sale to Season Ticket holders and Members with 3,000+ Loyalty Points today (6th January) at 10am.

Sales phases

10am Monday 6th January: Season Ticket holders and paid Members with 3,000+ Loyalty Points

10am Tuesday 7th January: Season Ticket holders – No Loyalty Points requirement

10am Wednesday 8th January: Paid Members – No Loyalty Points requirement

10am Thursday 9th January: Season Ticket holders and paid Members can book an additional ticket (maximum of two tickets)

Ticket prices

Adults: £30

Over-65s: £25

Under-18s: £20

Restricted view seats are reduced by £1.

Coach Travel

5am departure from Selhurst Park

£29 per ticket

You can purchase your tickets from 10am today by clicking here, by calling 0871 200 0071 or by visiting the Box Office at Selhurst Park in person.

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