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Preview: Crystal Palace v Everton

13 April 2016


INTRO
After finally ending their 15-game wait for a league win on Saturday against Norwich City, Alan Pardew's Palace are looking to make it back-to-back victories against Everton tonight, whom they have lost just once to in their last five meetings.

The Toffees have struggled to find any consistency this season and languish in 14th position in the table going into this game, and they have only won once in their last six league outings.

However their form on the road has been much better than at Goodison Park with 23 of their 38 points coming on their travels, and they have lost just twice in their last 16 league away games.

Only the top four have scored more than Roberto Martinez's side's 52 goals this season, but having been on fire before Christmas they have dried up for Romelu Lukaku of late with just three coming in the Premier League since the turn of the year, but he has scored in each of his last three games against the Eagles. 


OPPOSITION VIEW

Roberto Martinez: “I can understand the frustration, I can accept a fair amount of passion – I have no problems with the passion the fans show towards the team because that is the strength we have as a club.

“I want to know what the fans feel and I always respect the fact that the fans have a genuine interest in the football club.

“I share the disappointment the fans have, we will never look away from the fans' opinion, and if we have a chance to share their views, then as a manager I've always looked to do that.”


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Emmanuel Adebayor is Palace's only real doubt for this game, with the Togolese striker also missing the Norwich win on Saturday.

Alan Pardew has suggested that James McArthur's layoff is set to end soon, with the Scottish midfielder penciled in for a return against Manchester United in a week's time.

Everton: Skipper Phil Jagielka will miss the game after picking up a hamstring injury as he limped off in Everton's 1-1 draw with Watford on the weekend.

Fellow England internationals Tom Cleverley and Ross Barkley also picked up knocks in that game, but while Cleverley is rated as 50/50, Barkley should be fine.


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsEverton wins
League10912
FA Cup124
League Cup021
Total111317


STATS
Only one of the last 10 meetings in all competitions between Palace and the Toffees has ended as a home win (six away wins, three draws).

Roberto Martinez's side have lost just one of their last six Premier League away games in London (W2 D3 L1).

Everton are the only side Scott Dann has scored against more than once in the Premier League (two goals).

The Toffees have conceded more headed goals than any other team in the top flight this season (12).

Roberto Martinez's team have the best shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season scoring with 18% of their attempts.


OFFICIALS

Mike Jones returns to Selhurst Park for the fifth time this season, with Palace yet to win one of this previous appearances which came against both Manchester clubs, Bournemouth and Leicester City last month.

Referee: M Jones
Assistants: M Perry and H Lennard
Fourth Official: P Tierney


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

31st January 2015
Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton
Premier League

Romelu Lukaku's second-minute goal gave Everton their first victory in nine matches as Alan Pardew suffered his first defeat as Crystal Palace manager.

Lukaku bundled in after Palace keeper Julian Speroni deflected Steven Naismith's cross on to the striker.

Palace almost equalised straight away when Dwight Gayle's flick was cleared off the line by Phil Jagielka and


TICKETS
This match is under category B of our ticket prices and seats are still available to season ticket holders and members. 

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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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