2020-21 Premier League: Week 30 – Everton vs Crystal Palace

Everton welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park in the first of a Easter Monday Night Football double-header.

Victory will see Everton stay eighth but move to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea, whereas Palace will stay 12th with a win but move to within two points of tenth.

 

Team News

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James Rodriguez could return for Everton after recovering from a calf injury that kept him sidelined prior to the international break.

Robin Olsen (knock), Ben Godfrey and Tom Davies (both fitness) are also in contention to feature, with the latter two having returned to Everton on Friday after playing for England U21s in their Group Stage exit at UEFA U21 Euros.

Jordan Pickford (abdominal muscle) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) are unlikely to be risked and could join Fabian Delph (tendon), Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) and Bernard (unspecified) on sidelines.

Palace could be without Cheikhou Kouyate after the Senegalese player made a late return from international duty.

Nathaniel Clyne, Tyrick Mitchell (both muscle) and James McCarthy (groin) are in contention to return from injury.

James McArthur (muscle) and Nathan Ferguson (thigh) won’t be risked unless fully fit, whilst Mamadou Sakho (thigh) and James Tomkins (eye) remain absent.

 

Stat Attack

  • Everton are unbeaten in their last 12 meetings against Crystal Palace (W6, D6).
  • Palace have claimed just two points from their last five trips to Goodison Park (D2, L3).
  • Both teams have scored in four of their last five clashes at Goodison Park.
  • Everton are yet to score a second half league goal at home in 2021, with two of their four first half home goals this calendar year coming from Richarlison.
  • Palace’s last two away goals have come from Christian Benteke.

 

Prediction

After playing a strong defensive game in their FA Cup exit last time out despite wasting shots, Everton now simply have to win here if want a shot at European football and to keep pace with their rivals ahead.

Palace meanwhile currently sit mid-table but will be looking to push on in this run-in because tenth isn’t entirely out of the question, especially after grinding out a win in their last match three weeks ago with strong attacks and robust defending.

Throw in the fact that Everton have claimed just four points at home in 2021 and this should be an interesting game between two solid teams, although I feel like Everton should just have enough for the win given recent home form over Palace.

Prediction: Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace

Result: Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

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