Everton's last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:Everton 3-2 Newcastle
Crystal Palace v Everton FC
Selhurst Park (Capacity: 26, 309)
Saturday 9th November 15:00
Premier League Match 11
(Lukaku x2, Barkley)Manchester City 3-1 Everton
(Lukaku)Everton 2-1 Hull
(Mirallas, Pienaar)Aston Villa 0-2 Everton
Everton 0-0 TottenhamCrystal Palace's last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:Southampton 2-0 Crystal PalaceLiverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace
(Gayle)Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham
(Mariappa)Crystal Palace 0-2 ArsenalWest Brom 2-0 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace's 2-0 defeat away to West Brom on Saturday increased their run of Premier League defeats to 7 and a total of 9 defeats in 10 games which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table. With the lowest goal tally in the league (6) and the second highest concession of goals (21) then it's easy to see why they're in such a predicament. However, hope is not all lost as history goes to show that poor starts don't necessarily mean relegation is a fact.
As you can see, there have been four instances in which teams who have accumulated 4 points or less after ten games and have still managed to stay up. Southampton have managed to do it on two occasions whilst Blackburn also achieved this feat having picked up 4 points after ten games. The only side to do it with 3 points at this stage, like Crystal Palace now are Everton who replaced Mike Walker with Joe Royle 19 years ago this weekend. Perhaps a good omen for Palace considering they're due to appoint a new manager soon.
Potential Line Ups
The Tottenham game was a bit of a damp squib at the weekend with a lacklustre first half and an improved second half with any real chances created by either side being a true description of the drab 0-0. The outcome of the Crystal Palace match will determine whether this will be seen as a good point or 2 points dropped as we head into the international break. The lack of chances in the Spurs match shouldn't have been much surprise as both sides prefer to have a lot of the ball before carving out chances.
Roberto Martinez's new style of play stands up against the other quick starters in the league this season. Having just nudged ahead of Southampton and Manchester United's average possession stats, Everton follow only Manchester City and Tottenham from the top 8 teams in the league. Considering Brendan Rodgers has a reputation for possession football, it may be surprising to see Liverpool a distance behind the rest.
Match stats and Injuries
Crystal Palace have 5 injury concerns ahead of this match with Jack Hunt out with a broken ankle, Johnny Williams out with a foot injury and Glenn Murray out with an ACL knee injury. It's likely to be too early for club captain Paddy McCarthy to return from a groin injury whilst Guedioura is likely to be missing with a rib injury.
Similarly, Everton have 5 doubts for this match. Darron Gibson is out with an ACL knee injury and Antolin Alcaraz will not be fit until after the international break. Arouna Kone has a knee problem and Apostolos Vellios also has a knock. Romelu Lukaku will be a concern following his collision with Hugo Lloris which forced him off with a knee injury.