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Everton FC v Crystal Palace
Goodison Park
Wednesday 16th February 19:45
Premier League Match 34

Everton's last 5 domestic results:

Everton 3-2 Swansea (Baines Pen, Lukaku, Barkley)
Newcastle 0-3 Everton (Barkley, Lukaku, Osman)
Fulham 1-3 Everton (O.G, Mirallas, Naismith)
Everton 3-0 Arsenal (Naismith, Lukaku, O.G)
Sunderland 0-1 Everton (O.G)

Crystal Palace's last 5 domestic results:

Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace
Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea (O.G.)
CArdiff 0-3 Crystal Palace (Puncheon x2, Ledley)
Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa (Puncheon)

Everton were made to grind out their 7th league win in a row after beating Sunderland 1-0 courtesy of a Wes Brown own goal to record their longest win streak in Premier League history. The win also equalled a Premier League record of 3 Everton away wins in a row. Everton will break another record with a win over Crystal Palace, making it 8 league wins in a row at home, beating the previous record of 7 league wins in March 2010. Everton have scored in each of their last 7 league matches, only rivals Liverpool (24!) are on a better run.

This will be Everton's penultimate game against teams in the bottom half of the table, with Hull City the last of those on the final day of the season. Only Sunderland have managed to beat Everton in 18 matches against sides in the bottom half and the only other team to take points of Everton at Goodison Park are West Brom who managed a 0-0 draw in the first home match of the season.

Possible Line Ups

Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace continued their impressive revival this season under Tony Pulis with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa which seems to have almost secured them of another season in the Premier League. This made it 3 wins in a row for the Eagles as well as 3 clean sheets in a row. However, despite a 3-0 win away to Cardiff, they are the lowest scorers on the road in the Premier League with just 9 goals in 16 matches. Only Chelsea (15), Everton (18), Manchester United & West Ham (19) have conceded less goals than Crystal Palace (21) away from home.

Crystal Palace had 7 points from a possible 36 and sat joint bottom of the table when Tony Pulis was handed the task of keeping them in the Premier League. Since then, only the current top 7 have managed to take more points in matches and Arsenal have only won 1 more match than the Eagles. In this period, only Norwich have scored less goals (16) than Crystal Palace (17), however only Chelsea have conceded less goals (14) than Crystal Palace whom along with Everton have conceded the second least (18).

Stats & Injuries

Everton: Long Term injuries Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo along with loanee Lacina Traore will all miss out this game whilst Phil Jagielka isn't due to return until the Manchester United match. Steven Pienaar could return.

Crystal Palace: Crystal Palace only have one doubt for the game, Kagisho Dikgacoi who went off with a knock in their last match.

Expecting a tough game, it'd help immensely if we could find a way to score early.


--- Quote from: blueToffee on April 14, 2014, 04:03:23 AM ---Expecting a tough game, it'd help immensely if we could find a way to score early.

--- End quote ---

This will be like playing the Stoke of four odd years ago. We'll do well to break them down.

They are Stoke-lite . If we get an early goal we'll batter them.

Pulis sets them up really well and they will hit us on the counter. Expect lots of possession and loads of bodies behind the ball for Palace. An early goal is crucial in this one.


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