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PREVIEW: Everton v Crystal Palace

21 September 2014



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ABOUT
After securing back-to-back draws against Newcastle United and Burnley, the Eagles travel to Everton today aiming to pick up their first victory of the Premier League season. 

After finishing in a highly-credible fifth position last season, Roberto Martinez’s side are currently in 11th after Belgian duo Romelu Lukaka and Kevin Mirallas helped secure their first win of the campaign against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, ensuring the Toffees are full of encouragement heading into the visit of Neil Warnock's side.

Having drawn two and lost one of their previous four games, last night saw them entertain German side Wolfsburg in their opening Europa League group game and they dispatched the German side 4-1 to continue their good form.

The stats show Everton as having the upper hand historically in this fixture, with the first meeting seeing the Merseysiders pick up a home win against Palace in the 1969/70 campaign with a 2-1 victory. Since then the hosts have won 11 times in the league, with there being eight draws and nine losses, the most recent occurring last season as Palace won 3-2.


TEAM NEWS

Everton: Samuel Eto’o returned from a groin injury against Wolfsburg, and defender Sylvain Distin could also return to the side for this game after recovering from a back injury according to Roberto Martinez. The Everton manager also confirmed that both long-term injury victims Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone are not yet ready for consideration but the duo played in their reserve defeat to Chelsea last week.

Steven Pienaar and Ross Barkley are still out with groin and knee injuries respectively and it is unclear when they will return to the first team fold. 

Crystal Palace: Joe Ledley injured his hip on the weekend but should be able to play some part in the game if selected by Neil Warnock, and Wilfried Zaha is also expected to shake off a knock picked up during the game against Burnley.

Marouane Chamakh could also be contention for a first-team return but Warnock is unsure about rushing him back too soon after injury sustained against Newcastle.


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: S Bennett and D England
Fourth Official: A Taylor


HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Everton winsDrawsPalace wins
League1189
FA Cup420
League Cup121
Total161210


LAST MEETING AT GOODISON
In a memorable encounter for those in attendance, Palace took all the three points with a 3-2 victory in April 2014. The visitors' victory ended the Toffees' seven-match winning streak as their Champions League challenge was halted, while the Eagles reached the 40 points mark to secure their top-flight status.

Jason Puncheon’s half-volley put the visitors in the lead, followed by Scott Dann’s header minutes after the break. Everton then pulled a goal back as Steven Naismith tapped in but Cameron Jerome then scored what proved to be the clincher after 73 minutes. Kevin Mirallas netted with just a couple of minutes left, but Palace bagged all three points.


TICKETS
There are still tickets in the away section which is situated in the Paddock and Lower Bullens:

Paddock Block LV3 and LV4 
Adults £37.00 
Senior concessions £23.25
Juniors (U16) £18.50

Lower Bullens LV 1 and 2 
Adults £34.00
Senior concessions £21.75
Juniors (U16) £17.00.


BETTING
Everton: 2/5
Draw: 100/30
Palace: 7/1
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 
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LIVE COVERAGE
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