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Preview: Everton v Crystal Palace

9 February 2018

Palace hope to continue their excellent recent record at Goodison Park up this weekend as they head to Merseyside to take on Everton, and indeed their former boss Sam Allardyce.

It will be the first reunion with the Toffees manager since he departed Selhurst Park at the end of last season, having guided the Eagles away from the drop zone - a feat he has also achieved with Everton after replacing Ronald Koeman in the hot-seat at the end of November.

However, the blue half of Liverpool has been a happy hunting ground for the Eagles, who haven't lost their in their four trips to Goodison since returning to the Premier League in 2013/14, winning two and drawing the others.

Big Sam Made An Immediate Impact

Everton

Allardyce's arrival brought about an upturn in fortunes for Everton, who went six league games unbeaten under their new manager during his first month at the helm, but since then things have taken a turn for the worse. They have won just once in the following six games, which came against Leicester City last time they were in front of their own fans.

Just as they were in the summer, the club were involved in plenty of big money deals in the recent transfer window, with Cenk Tosan, Theo Walcott and Eliaquim Mangala being added to the ranks while Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas were amongst those departing.

Despite the reinforcements, last weekend saw an unhappy return to Arsenal for Walcott who was part of the team dismantled 5-1 by the Gunners in a display deemed by Allardyce as "pathetic" on the occasion of his 500th Premier League match as a manager.

View From The Opposition

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce: 

At his pre-match press conference Sam commented on the threat he expects from the Palace side. 

"They won't make it easy for us, It has been a great turnaround from Roy and the lads, but it was always in the players and Roy has managed to bring it out of them.

"It is more or less the same players I think that I had. There's only really [Timothy] Fosu-Mensah that is playing in the team at the moment who wasn't there when I was.

"They have got some really good strengths in the side, 

"But really at Goodison it is about us and playing to our best, like we did against Leicester and trying to win the game."

Team News

Wilfried Zaha

Roy Hodgson has been left with even more injury headaches this week, with Wilfried Zaha set for a period on the sidelines with a knee issue, adding to a busy treatment room that also recently saw Martin Kelly (hamstring) and Julian Speroni (knee) join its ranks.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jeffrey Schlupp, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham are also all out long-term, but Alexander Sørloth could make his Eagles debut while Erdal Rakip and Jaroslaw Jach featured for the development side on Monday.

There are much fewer injury issues for Allardyce, with Seamus Coleman returning to action against Leicester last week following his long lay-off with a broken leg, but having seen his three-man defence backfire against Arsenal, the former Palace boss is expected to make multiple changes,

Leighton Baines, Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy are the only injury absentees for this clash with the Eagles.

Matchday Officials

Jonathan Moss

Having been involved in a controversial game on Merseyside last weekend, Jon Moss and his assistants return to the city to take charge of this fixture. He has overseen Palace's 3-0 opening day defeat to Huddersfield Town as well as their goalless draw against Manchester City on New Year's Eve already this campaign.

The Eagles have only won six of the 22 games he has refereed, although Moss did take charge of the correspondng fixture last season when the sides played out a 1-1 draw.

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: Paul Tierney

Matchday Stats

Crystal Palace haven't lost at Goodison Park in any of their last four Premier League visits (W2 D2), last tasting defeat in April 2005.

Crystal Palace have won more Premier League away games vs Everton than they have against any other club (4). 

Christian Benteke has had a hand in four goals in four Premier League appearances at Goodison Park (three goals, one assist). 

Since Ronald Koeman's departure, Everton have only lost one of their eight Premier League home games (W5 D2), having lost three of their last four at Goodison Park under the Dutchman.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson will become only the second manager to manage five different clubs at Goodison Park in the Premier League. Hodgson has previously been in charge of  Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom in league visits to Everton. 

Head-to-Head

  Everton wins Draws Palace wins
League 13 12 10
FA Cup 4 2 1
League Cup 1 2 0
Total 18 16 11

Matchday Information 

Goodison Park

There will be no tickets for Palace fans available on the day of the match.

Coach travel will depart from Selhurst Park at 7.30am.

Travel information for fans going to Goodison Park. 

Visiting Fans Guide for the match at Everton.

Minute's Applause.

Everton fans will be undertaking a minute’s applause at the 29th minute in memory of Anthony Condron, life-long Blues fan who died after an incident in Liverpool city centre last weekend.

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Goodison Park, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, for which a 24-hour pass can be purchased if you aren't an annual subscriber.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday morning. 


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