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Preview: Everton v Crystal Palace 1617

30 September 2016


INTRO
Having collected three Premier League wins on the bounce, Palace head to Merseyside looking to claim a fourth for the first time since April 2014 at the expense of Everton.

Liverpool has been a happy hunting ground for Palace over the past few years, with the Eagles winning four of their last five trips to the city, with the other game being the 1-1 draw last December on their sides last meeting at the home of the Blues.

Under new boss Ronald Koeman, Everton started brilliantly in the Premier League, winning four in a row after drawing on the opening day against Tottenham Hotspur, but last weekend saw them fall to their first defeat at Bournemouth.

The game will see Yannick Bolasie reunited with the Eagles after his summer move to Goodison Park, who was one of four major new arrivals at the club including Ashley Williams, Maarten Stekelenburg and Idrissa Gueye.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Ronald Koeman: "Crystal Palace had a difficult start to the season but they have won the last three in a row including the last one in the last minute. 

They have a physically strong team and are very dangerous from set plays and some individual qualities. It is always going to be difficult to play against Crystal Palace because it's a tough game in different aspects. 

"They're a team who can play football, most of the time direct, an they are aggressive to second balls, so we need to be at our best and I expect that."


TEAM NEWS

Everton: Leighton Baines won't start tomorrow's game after struggling with a hamstring injury which caused him to miss last Saturday's defeat at Dean Court, so Bryan Oviedo is expected to fill in again at left-back.

James McCarthy is out after groin surgery, Darron Gibson is also absent and Muhamed Besic is a long-term casualty for the Toffees, but Romelu Lukaku will shake off a foot problem to play.

Crystal Palace: After missing last weekend's marvelous comeback at Sunderland, Wilfried Zaha is back available for Alan Pardew, but Scott Dann is likely to miss out on a trip to his home city with a hamstring strain.

As well as long-term injury casualties Pape Souare and Loic Remy, Jonathan Benteke will also miss the next three to four months after sustaining a knee injury in training.


HEAD TO HEAD
Everton winsDrawsPalace wins
League121010
FA Cup421
League Cup120
Total171411


STATS
Everton have won just one of their last six Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (D3 L2) - winning 1-0 in January 2015 courtesy of a goal from Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku has netted three goals in his last four top-flight appearances against Crystal Palace.
 
Christian Benteke has scored four and assisted one more in five Premier League appearances against Everton.

Ronald Koeman has seen his team(s) keep only two clean sheets in his last 18 Premier League games as a manager.

The Eagles have gone 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet.

Yannick Bolasie has made two assists for Everton this season, only one fewer than he managed in the Premier League in the whole of 2015-16 for Palace.


OFFICIALS

Mark Clattenburg takes charge of Palace for the first time since the FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United in May, one of five Eagles games he oversaw last term which brought about one win.

Referee: M Clattenburg
Assistants: S Bennett and R West
Fourth Official: K Friend


LAST MEETING AT GOODISON PARK

15th May 2016
Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth goal in five league games to equalise with a late strike in an entertaining match against Crystal Palace.

Poor Everton defending allowed Scott Dann to head Palace in front late on as the Londoners looked on course to win.

But Lukaku - who had twice struck the woodwork - tapped in Gerard Deulofeu's low cross from two yards for a deserved point for the dominant hosts.

Palace's Jordon Mutch sent a shot wide as both sides searched for a winner, but the draw was still enough to move Palace to sixth on goal difference, 


TICKETS
Tickets are still available to existing season ticket holders and paid members, at two per person, priced at:

Standard Seating
Adults - £30
Seniors (65+) - £21
Juniors (U16) - £16

Restricted View Seating
Adults - £29
Seniors (65+) - £20
Juniors (U16) - £15

To purchase your tickets online, please click here.


TRAVEL
Coaches departs at 12.30pm from Selhurst Park, priced at £24.

For directions on how to get to St Mary's, read our away travel guide here.

For more information on the ground, click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all the action from Goodison Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

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

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