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Preview: Everton v Crystal Palace

16 April 2014


ABOUT
Two of the Barclays Premier League's in-form sides meet at Goodison Park tonight, as Crystal Palace travel to Everton.

The Eagles make the trip north high in confidence, having won three consecutive matches against Chelsea, Cardiff City and Aston Villa, while Roberto Martinez's Champions League hopefuls have won seven league games on the bounce. 

The Toffees have lost just five Premier League games all season - the same as top two Liverpool and Chelsea, and one fewer than third placed Manchester City - with their only home defeat so far this season coming against bottom-of-the-table Sunderland on Boxing Day, when they were reduced to 10 men after 23 minutes. 

These two sides were of course due to meet back on 12th February, but the game was postponed due to adverse weather conditions as a storm swept across the north west of England. 

Everton would have been weakened by the absence of injured top scorer Romelu Lukaku that day, but he is now back in contention to face Palace today as the Merseysiders aim for a strong finish to the season in their bid to snatch 4th place from Arsenal.

Tony Pulis' men meanwhile need the victory for very different reasons and know that an upset at Goodison would take them to that magical total of 40 points. 

TEAM NEWS
Everton: Roberto Martinez has a number of absentees ahead of tonight's game, with all departments depleted in number. 

At the back, Phil Jagielka is not expected to return until the weekend following his hamstring injury, while full-back Bryan Oviedo is out with a broken leg. 

Midfield duo Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson will miss out with knee injuries, while strike pairing Arouna Kone and Lacina Traore are also sidelined.

Crystal Palace: Kagisho Dikgacoi is facing a race against time to be fit for tonight's match. The South African had a scan on Monday after limping out of Palace's 1-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend.

Yannick Bolasie is also likely to undergo a fitness test today after picking up a knock in that same game on Saturday.

Tony Pulis has plenty of midfield options available should the duo not make it, with the likes of Tom Ince, Barry Bannan and Stuart O'Keefe all on stand-by. 

Marouane Chamakh played 70 minutes against the Villans having come on in place of Dikgacoi and will be pushing for a start this evening, which would be his first since the 1-1 draw against Swansea City on 2nd March.
 
MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: S Burt and D England
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Everton winsDrawsPalace wins
League1188
FA Cup421
League Cup120
Total16129

LAST MEETING AT GOODISON PARK
Palace have not played at Goodison Park since April 2005 - on a Sunday that Eagles fans won't remember too fondly.

Mikel Arteta gave Everton an early lead with just seven minutes on the clock, but that's the way it stayed until half time.

But the hosts came flying out of the blocks in the second half, with Tim Cahill bagging a quick-fire brace to leave Palace 3-0 down after 54 minutes.

Substitute James Vaughan then made Premier League history, by netting the Toffees' fourth goal to round off the victory and become the division's youngest ever goal-scorer. 

TICKET NEWS

This match is ALL TICKET so no tickets are now available on the day of the match.

BETTING
Everton: 4/11
Draw: 18/5
Palace: 15/2
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LIVE COVERAGE
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Alternatively, you can follow live text updates from the match on the club’s official Twitter account, @Official_CPFC, or via #EaglesFeed.  


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