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Match Previews

Palace Preview: First goal crucial v Everton at Goodison Park

2 April 2021

Crystal Palace will be looking to capitalise on Everton’s weaker home form in 2021, as they make the trip up to Goodison Park on Easter Monday.

Previous meetings

Everton ran away 2-1 winners at Selhurst Park earlier in the season. Goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, either side of a Cheikhou Kouyaté header, were enough for the Toffees as they made a strong start to their season.

Palace have drawn a remarkable six times from their last 12 games against the Mereyside outfit, however four of the Eagles’ five wins against Everton have come at Goodison Park.


The hosts come into this game off the back of two home defeats to Burnley and Manchester City, the latter being in the FA Cup.

First Team

Roy Hodgson provides team news update before Everton v Crystal Palace

3 April 2021

Since the start of 2021, Everton have only managed to win one game at home - a 1-0 victory against Southampton. Only their Merseyside rivals Liverpool have a worse home record this year.

After a resolute victory against West Bromwich Albion, the Eagles come into this game in relatively strong form with their only defeat in their last five games coming to Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur.

The Eagles will look to Belgian Christian Benteke to carry on his recent goalscoring form for club and country, having got on the end of two crosses to score twice in three games. Palace boast a 26.5% cross completion rate, the highest in the league.

A victory at Goodison Park will see the Eagles hit the 40-point mark and almost mathematically secure Premier League safety for another season. 

Tactical overview

Both sides seem to favour a setup with two strikers. Carlo Ancelotti’s side predominantly line-up in a 4-4-2 diamond formation against teams in the lower half of the table and did so in their defeat to Burnley recently.

The Eagles set-up in a similar vein, albeit with a flat midfield instead of a diamond, with Wilfried Zaha returning to the fold to play up-front alongside Christian Benteke in the win against West Brom.

The clash may come down to who scores first, as both teams have only gone on to win once after conceding the first goal. Additionally, with both teams quite low in the expected goals table - Everton in 12th (34.1 xG) and Palace 19th (24.6 xG) - a cagey affair might be on the cards.

Team news

Having previously come on as a half-time substitute in the game against Spurs, Palace welcomed leading goalscorer Zaha back into the starting XI for the victory against West Brom. 

Roy Hodgson discussed the side's fitness in his pre-match press conference, and you can read what he had to say here

Everton have the majority of their players available for selection ahead of the game on Easter Monday, with only midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré and England ‘keeper Jordan Pickford being notable absentees. 

Doucouré is recovering from a foot injury, whereas Pickford is recovering from an abdominal injury sustained against Burnley, which saw him miss England’s recent triple header of World Cup qualifying fixtures.

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Did you know?

Crystal Palace’s Gary Cahill has scored more Premier League goals versus Everton than against any other side in the competition (four).

Match details

  • Monday 5th April
  • 18:00 BST
  • Goodison Park
  • Sky Sports

How to follow


Everton vs Crystal Palace will be shown live in the UK via Sky Sports. 

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Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

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

Our club website,, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

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.

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Match Reports

Report: Late Batshuayi goal secures a point at Goodison Park

5 April 2021

Michy Batshuayi’s late equaliser saw Palace secure a deserved point at Goodison Park, after Everton took the lead through James Rodriguez in the second-half.


  • Eberechi Eze has Palace’s first shot on goal, his effort saved from the angle.
  • Vicente Guaita stands up excellently to deny Dominic Calvert-Lewin and then Richarlison.
  • Richarlison heads over the top from Sigurdsson’s free-kick delivery.
  • HT: Everton 0-0 Palace
  • Cheikhou Kouyate deflects Sigurdsson’s shot behind.
  • James Rodriguez gives Everton the lead after another excellent Guaita save.
  • Michy Batshuayi equalises with an neat finish minutes after coming on.
  • FT: Everton 1-1 Palace

Palace created the first chance of the game, as Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha combined to cause the Everton defence problems. The ball eventually broke for Zaha on the edge of the area, but there were enough bodies in the way to block his attempt at goal.

From the resulting corner Everton broke forwards, and were very nearly in when Andre Gomes dispossessed Luka Milivojevic to set Richarlison through, but the Brazilian was ultimately adjudged to be offside.

While the hosts saw more of the ball, Palace looked dangerous breaking forwards, with Yerry Mina forced to accept an early yellow card as his foul disrupted the latest burgeoning attack.

The Eagles persevered and manufactured the first clear sight of goal to test the reactions of Robin Olsen. Found by Zaha, Eberechi Eze played a neat one-two with Jordan Ayew and fired a low effort from the angle, but the Swedish goalkeeper was equal to it.

As the game began to open up, Everton created their fair share of openings, and Palace had Vicente Guaita to thank on a number of occasions. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin played in behind, Guaita stood tall and blocked the effort.

Seamus Coleman picked out Richarlison in the six-yard box, but his header sailed over the crossbar. Moments later he was in again, but once again Guaita came to his side’s rescue, saving excellently at first, and then getting down bravely to smother the rebound.

As half-time approached, shots were exchanged at both ends: Benteke saw an effort blocked from the edge of the area, while Richarlison’s free-kick and James Rodriguez’s low drive were both narrowly wide.

The Everton forward continued to get into attacking areas, heading over the crossbar from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick to bring a tight first period to a close.

The tempo remained high after the restart, with Palace enjoying a period of possession on the edge of the Everton box; Zaha’s clever flick set up Patrick van Aanholt, but his shot was too high.

At the other end, Everton were inches from taking the lead when the ball broke to Sigurdsson on the edge of the box, but Cheikhou Kouyate was in the right position to deflect his goalbound effort behind.

But the hosts were not to be denied, and took the lead soon after – despite the efforts of Guaita once again. After denying Sigurdsson with a superb reaction save from close range, the Spaniard could do nothing about James Rodriguez’ effort which crashed in at the near post.

Their advantage could have been doubled almost immediately had it not been for another fine save, this time to prevent Calvert-Lewin slotting home as he was sent through one-on-one.

Palace worked to get back on level terms. Eze and Ayew tested Olsen from the edge of the area, the former seeing his curling shot parried back into the danger zone. Zaha ran at three defenders, creating space for a shot but only finding the palms of the goalkeeper.

Guaita, meanwhile, continued to keep Everton at bay, once again coming out on top in his personal battle with Richarlison – this time it was a fingertip reaction save to keep out his scuffed volley into the ground.

With Jeffrey Schlupp and Jean-Philippe Mateta providing attacking reinforcements from the bench, the Eagles continued to push for an equaliser, but the defence was standing firm. Schlupp’s movement created space in the area but he dragged his shot wide.

It was Palace’s final attacking change that eventually paid off. With just over five minutes to go, Michy Batshuayi was introduced up front – and almost immediately he found space on the edge of the area. With one touch to steady himself, his finish was crisp and accurate across Olsen and into the bottom corner, to bring Palace level.

In added time both sides pushed forwards but neither could find the winner, and the Eagles held out for another valuable point.

Everton: Olsen (GK), Holgate, Keane, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Digne, Mina, Rodriguez (Gbamin, 78), Andre Gomes (Sigurdsson, 30), Coleman (Godfrey, 76), Davies.

Subs: Virginia (GK), Tyrer (GK), King, Nkounkou, Broadhead, John.

Palace: Guaita (GK), Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Riedewald (Schlupp, 68), Zaha, Eze, Ayew (Batshuayi, 83), Benteke (Mateta, 77).

Subs: Butland (GK), Dann, Mitchell, Kelly, Hannam, Townsend.

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