Prematch: Crystal Palace vs Everton
Everton are hoping for their first league double over Palace since 2004-2005, as relegation-threatened Everton look for redemption against Palace this Sunday.
Published: April 20, 2023 08:35
After an impressive three wins in a row, Palace are back against Everton FC with hopes of continuing their impressive form and ending relegation fears. Kickoff for this matchup at Selhurst Park Stadium begins at 15:00 (GMT+1).
Eberechi Eze Powers Palace to Third Consecutive Victory With Double
Eberechi Eze’s double [54′, 68′] secured three consecutive victories for Crystal Palace after their win against Southampton last weekend. As such, Palace remain 12th with 36 points after picking up 9 wins, 9 draws, and 13 defeats during that span. Roy Hodgson has won his opening three games since taking back over management of Crystal Palace after coming back out of retirement, as they now match up exactly with Palace’s previous 18 match results [3W, 5D, 10L]. Roy Hodgson will aim to extend his three-game winning run and equal his previous record of four victories he established under his first managerial stint at Arsenal back in June 2020. However, Palace have only won one of their 16 Premier League games against Everton [1W, 7D, 8L], although that victory came during this same fixture last season. An attacking three of Odsonne Edouard, Jordan Ayew and Michael Olise should lead Palace’s attack, with Eberechi Eze set to retain his right side midfield spot from last weekend despite Wilfried Zaha being sidelined due to muscle injury.
"Everton Must Find Something Exceptional to Survive Premier League Relegation Race"
Everton were defeated 3-1 by Fulham last time out and have gone four matches without winning since being knocked off their perch at 17th place with 27 points after 6 wins, 9 draws, and 16 defeats. All three bottom teams suffered defeat as well allowing Everton to remain unbeaten on 27 points from 6 wins, 9 draws, and 16 defeats. Sean Dyche organized for his side to play against National League North side Chester in an under-the-counter friendly match earlier in the week; unfortunately it ended in defeat with Chester emerging victorious by 1-0 despite fielding eight first team players. Sean Dyche must find something exceptional to instil confidence into his side in order for them to overcome the Premier League survival race. After their 3-0 win at home turf in the reverse fixture, Everton are poised to complete their first league double over Palace since 2004-2005. Sean Dyche could go for a 4–4–2 formation featuring Neal Maupay and Demarai Gray up front, Abdoulaye Doucoure remains suspended while Dominic Calvert-Lewin remains questionable; Amadou Onana however will likely miss this weekend’s clash due to a groin injury.