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26 September 2020 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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Palace Preview: How in-form frontlines are crucial in Palace’s Everton clash

24 September 2020

The Eagles will be looking to remain victorious in their upcoming clash with Everton, after kick-starting their Premier League campaign with consecutive wins against Southampton and Manchester United.

The team will hope to maintain their solid defensive record and promising attack, with Wilfried Zaha hitting the back of the net in both his outings so far.

Recent meetings

This match will be the first between Palace and Everton since football’s suspension, so will no doubt showcase an eye-catching encounter between two sides who have evolved markedly since February this year.

The Eagles held Everton to a 0-0 draw to begin their 2019/20 campaign, but after falling to a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park, will be looking to redeem themselves and maintain their momentum from the recent triumph against United.

But their challenge is a sizeable one: Everton are looking to win three consecutive league games after beating Tottenham 1-0 on the opening weekend and overcoming West Bromwich Albion 5-2 the following week. Additionally, they have dispatched Salford City and Fleetwood Town from the League Cup.

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The opposition

The Toffees are currently the team to beat as they sit second in the table, a solid start after generally achieving a lower-top-10 place in recent years. The players to watch most keenly are Dominic Calvert-Lewin and newcomer James Rodriguez, the Toffees’ top scorers this season with a combined total of five goals from two matches.


Roy Hodgson has shown confidence in his team selection despite being forced into several changes, recently choosing Zaha to assume the captain’s role as Scott Dann sustained an injury before last Saturday’s match.

Overall, Palace’s league shooting accuracy has been higher than Everton’s so far (42% v 34%), so sharp passing from the midfielders to the frontmen will be pivotal in deciding who takes the lead in this match. And with these two sides’ attacking players amongst the most in-form in the league, it’s clear the likes of Zaha, Jordan Ayew and Andros Townsend will be key in counteracting Calvert-Lewin, James and Richarlison.

After the Eagles had a solid run in their pre-season matches and enjoyed a memorable start to the Premier League season, fans can feel confident in the face of a daunting task.

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Tactical overview

Looking at Everton’s lineup against West Brom, in-form Calvert-Lewin, James and Abdoulaye Doucoure all started, resulting in a 5-2 victory for the Blues, and they are likely to field a similar formation to this evidently successful side.

Supporters can also expect Allan to kick-off, with his presence useful in reinforcing the defence, which was relatively weak last season (56 goals against). Additionally, Yerry Mina could prove to be a problem for passing moves as he is competent at interceptions and blocking.

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United v Palace will be shown live via Amazon Prime Video.

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Crystal Palace v Everton TV and full match details - including kick-off time

26 September 2020

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2020/21 season for just £1.49 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49 by clicking here

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 here.

READ NEXT: How to watch Palace v Everton live and full match details

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Match Reports

Bright Palace unlucky to lose against Everton

26 September 2020

Palace's perfect start to the 2020/21 season ended against Everton this afternoon, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richardson securing a 1-2 win for the Toffees.

In summary

  • A minute’s silence was held prior to kick-off today, as the club paid their respects to local police officer Sergeant Matt Ratana.
  • Furthermore, the club also remembered Maisy Elisabeth Susan Mayne, who tragically lost her life last month, aged 8.
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin taps in to give Everton the lead on 10 minutes. 0-1.
  • Cheikhou Kouyaté heads home Andros Townsend’s corner on 26 minutes. 1-1.
  • Referee Kevin Friends awards the Toffees a penalty after a video review of a Joel Ward handball. Richarlison scores. 1-2
  • HT: 1-2
  • Kouyaté and Calvert-Lewin both go close to their second goals of the game.
  • FT: 1-2

Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha down the left, Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew down the right. Therefore, it was no surprise that Palace started today’s battle of two teams with 100% records with a lot of zip to their play.

Captain again, Zaha went closest to making the early dominance count, with a fine cross from Ayew testing Yerry Mina’s defensive capaiblites to prevent the in-form Palace No.11 nipping in front of him. The Toffees defender doing just enough to cause a ricochet off Zaha that, although goal-bound, was comfortable for Jordan Pickford.

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On 10 minutes, Everton made the Eagles rue not making more of their purposeful start, with Carlo Ancelotti's side taking the lead with their first venture into the final third –Calvert-Lewin turning home Séamus Coleman’s low, driven cross.

Ancelotti’s team controlled the game after taking the lead, with Palace unable to hold possession for a sustained period. Therefore, a set-piece was looking the most likely way for Roy Hodgson’s side to force themselves back level.

And it arrived via Andros Townsend and Cheikhou Kouyatè. Firstly, Townsend showed excellent experience to win a free-kick when he was boxed in by André Gomes in his own defensive third. From that, the Eagles went up the other end and won a corner.

Townsend, naturally, stepped up and picked up his second assist of the season, finding Kouyaté perfectly, with the makeshift centre-back thumping home with a perfect demonstration of how to ‘head home.’

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Palace’s Starman’s impressive start to the ‘20/21 season continued a couple of minutes later, this time in his own box. A threatening Richarlison attack down Palace’s right-hand side saw the attacker turn James McArthur and Joel Ward. However, this saw the Brazil international turn into the retreating Townsend, who timed his tackle to perfection.

Everton would end the first-half in the lead, though, after referee Kevin Friend was advised to go over for a video monitor review for a potential handball by Joel Ward. Controversially, Ward was penalised and Richarlison stepped up from 12-yards to dispatch past Vicente Guaita.

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The second-half started off slow, but it was eventually Ancelotti’s side who registered the first decent chance. Calvert-Lewin broke through the crowd at a corner to meet Lucas Digne’s cross, however, the striker’s run was impended by his teammate, Mina, plus the decision to go with the outside of his boot meant a clear-cut chance was missed.

Palace’s almost levelled up the game again on 65 minutes, and in very similar fashion to their first goal. This time, Townsend was on free-kick duty, with Kouyaté again getting the better of his marker at the back post, but this time the header, from a more acute angle, couldn’t squeeze in between Pickford and post.

On 74 minutes, Eze’s full debut came to an end, with Michy Batshuayi introduced and Wilfried Zaha moving out to his more familiar left-wing position.

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The Eagles were also able to introduce Jaïro Riedewald and Christian Benteke in the final minutes of the game, as they pushed for an equaliser in a second-half that they shaded. 

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be for Hodgson's side, and the perfect start to the '20/21 campaign ended this afternoon, albeit due to another marginal VAR decision.  

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kouyaté, Sakho, Mitchell, Townsend, McCarthy, McArthur (Riedewald, 87), Eze (Batshuyai, 74), Ayew (Benteke, 82), Zaha.

Subs not used: Hennessey, Milivojević, Meyer, Kelly.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Doucouré, Allan, Gomes (Sigurdsson, 75), Rodríguez (Iwobi, 85), Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison (Davies, 90).

Subs not used: Kenny, Bernard, Kean, Lössl.

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