Crystal Palace have a strong record against Everton, and last season’s 3-2 away victory was the Eagles’ first win under then manager Neil Warnock, inflicting on the Toffees to their fourth successive defeat.
With only a point separating the two sides this time around, Palace travel to Goodison Park with a different manager and an air of self-confidence following a positive start to the season.
A lifelong Liverpool fan, Scott Dann scored the winning goal in Palace’s victory against the red half of Merseyside just before the international break, and is confident his side can get a result against the blues.
“We’ve got a strong record up there, and over the last couple of years we’ve enjoyed some good victories. I think the way we play away from home gives us a chance to make it three away wins in a row, so we’re looking forward to Monday night.”
Everton have cemented their place in the Premier League with consistent top half finishes, and Palace will be looking to emulate their opponents track record over the coming seasons. With both sides looking to build up momentum going into the Christmas period, Dann is hoping it'll be his team who take all three points.
“We’ve had a tough run of games up until this point, but the way we’ve played away from home against the big teams shows us that we can get results. I think we can be happy with where we are in the league. The past two seasons we haven’t started so well and have then come strong at the end of the season, so if we can build on what we’ve done already then hopefully we can be pushing teams like Everton come the end.”
A win would put Palace in contention for a top six place come Christmas, and the defender says it’s a case of how far the players can push themselves if they are going to improve on last season’s points total.
“Getting in the top 10 is what we want, and it’s what we’re working hard to achieve. The league is so tough this year but hopefully we can better where we finished last season. If we can keep on achieving in the big games and improve our home form, I think we’ve got a good chance.”