Crystal Palace welcome Everton to Selhurst Park as both teams look to continue their unbeaten starts to the 2020-21 Premier League season.
Palace could go top with victory with those currently above them except Everton not playing until Sunday at earliest, whereas Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees can retain top spot with a win plus extend their goal difference advantage.
Jairo Riedewald is set to be available for Palace after recovering from a muscle strain which had sidelined him for their last three matches in all competitions.
Christian Benteke (foot) is also expected to be available for selection, whilst Scott Dann (muscular) joins Patrick van Anholt (shoulder), Gary Cahill (hamstring), James Tomkins (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee) and Connor Wickham (unspecified) on sidelines.
Everton have no fresh injury concerns to report as Jarrad Branthwaite (ankle) remains absent alongside; Jonas Lossl (back), Jean-Phillipe Gbamin (Achilles), Mason Holgate (toe) and Cenk Tosun (knee).
- Crystal Palace are winless in their last 11 meetings against Everton (D6, L5).
- Everton are unbeaten in their last nine trips to Palace (W4, D5), with four of five draws between these teams in this period at Selhurst Park finishing goalless.
- No Palace player has been sent off in 22 previous Premier League meetings against Everton.
- Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored from four of his five shots on target in his two appearances so far this season.
- Lucas Digne is the only Everton player to have hit the woodwork so far this season.
Having produced a strong performance at Manchester United last weekend, Palace have a huge opportunity to kick on and continue picking up vital points in their quest to secure safety as early as possible against a strong Everton team who are currently top of table.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees however enjoy the stronger record in recent meetings between these teams and have looked sharper since returning from the post-season break, especially in terms of pressurising opposition when out of possession which is something that Palace need to be wary of at the back.
I however am expecting a good competitive encounter if Everton can continue their attacking impetus and Palace continue to hold firm and take their chances, although I have to go for a Toffees win because they look just too good to settle for a draw here.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Everton
Result: Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton