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Preview: Crystal Palace v Everton

20 January 2017

Sam Allardyce oversaw his first win as Palace boss in mid-week, as Christian Benteke struck twice to knock Bolton Wanderers out of the Emirates FA Cup in a Third Round replay at Selhurst Park, so he will be looking for a platform to build on.

The hope is that the Eagles can start to climb the Premier League table after a poor first half of the campaign, whilst Everton are making a push up the table after the 4-0 annihilation of Manchester City last weekend.

Ronald Koeman's side were efficient in their dismantling of Pep Guardiola's side, scoring with every shot on target and countering to devastating effect. The Toffees' form sees them unbeaten in their last four outings, whilst Palace haven't won in the top flight since the victory over Southampton on December 3rd. 


Ronald Koeman: “They will be preparing for the game and Sammy [Lee] knows how I like to play with my teams. But we don’t have secrets in football!

“We see a lot of our opponents and really it comes down to the quality the players need to show between those white lines to win the game.

“It will be really nice to see Sammy. We kept in contact after our time together at Southampton and I am really happy for him to be back involved at Crystal Palace. That was what he wanted and he is back with Sam Allardyce.

“He knows Sam very well from working together at different clubs and he has great experience of the game. He is very enthusiastic towards the players and he has a great knowledge of football.

“We know each other very well from working together for a long time. It will be nice to shake hands this weekend.”


Crystal Palace: More to follow Sam Allardyce's pre-match press conference.

Long-term absentees Pape Souare, Connor Wickham, Jonathan Benteke and Steve Mandanda will all miss out.

Everton: Leighton Baines is a slight doubt due to a rib injury, whilst Matthew Pennington, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Muhamed Besic will all miss out.

The big loss for the Toffees is former Eagle Yannick Bolasie, who will likely be out of action until 2018 with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Palace wins
Everton wins
FA Cup124
League Cup

The Eagles have lost just one of their last seven Premier League meetings with Everton (W2 D4), with the last three all ending level.

Everton haven't lost to Palace at Selhurst Park in the league since October 1994, winning three and drawing two since.

Palace haven't scored a home goal against Everton in any of their last three meetings with them, since Mark Hudson scored in a 1-3 defeat in August 2004.

Romelu Lukaku has scored four of Everton's last five Premier League goals against Crystal Palace.

Sam Allardyce won his last Premier League game against Everton (3-0 with Sunderland in May 2016), following a run of seven straight defeats against the Toffees.

Everton have won five of the seven Premier League games Tom Davies has played this season (D1 L1).

Ross Barkley has created more chances than any other English player this season in the Premier League (47) and provided two assists in his last game versus Manchester City.

Everton have had 17 different teenagers score for them in Premier League history, a record in the competition. Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman both netted in the Toffee's last Premier League game vs Manchester City.


Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: G Beswick, S Bennett
Fourth official: J Moss


13th April 2016
Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
Premier League

Both sides settled for a point in a goalless draw in their last meeting in SE25, with James McCarthy's sending off the main moment of the match.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder received bookings for fouls on Yohan Cabaye and Yannick Bolasie, receiving his marching orders in the 52nd minute.

Ross Barkley struck the crossbar from 20 yards and Joel Robles made six saves to keep the Eagles out, with Jason Puncheon having the pick of the chances following his previous week's exploits at home to Norwich City.

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