Post international break; Crystal Palace are looking for a fresh start coming off two straight defeats. They take on Marco Silva’s Everton at Goodison park on Sunday.
The Toffee’s are looking to record three straight wins for the first time in over a year whilst Palace are similarly looking to avoid three straight defeats. The Eagles have seen their best moments away from the comforts of home this season after a dismal start at Selhurst and will be now desperately looking for points as they embark on an arduous run of tough fixtures.
The latest news is that striker Christian Benteke is set to be out past the turn of the new year after surgery, which is a massive blow to one of the division’s lowest scorers, sitting four points above the drop thus far. Connor Wickham has a chance to play however and may replace Jordan Ayew if fit. Wilfried Zaha is also a doubt after a groin injury.
For Everton, summer signings Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes are available to make their debuts 2 months after signing from Barcelona in the summer. Irishman Seamus Coleman is also expected to start after an ankle Injury, likewise James McCarthy is edging closer to a heroic return after receiving game time for the U23 side following his horrific double leg break against West Brom at the turn of the year.
Sunday will mark the 47th meeting between the sides with Everton marginally winning the standings 19 to 16, after going unbeaten in the last six meetings. Last season saw a 2-2 at Selhurst Park in November and a 3-1 win for Everton at Goodison in early February.
The absence of the Belgian Benteke up front already makes the task at hand significantly harder, should Wilfried Zaha not pass a fitness test, the odds will significantly rise in favour of the inform blues. Likewise as we saw with Watford earlier in the season, the international break can tarnish form build up prior to the league’s hiatus and also possibly kick start another team’s season.
Pickford; Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Digne; Davies, Schneiderlin; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison
Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Ayew
Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace