Everton v Crystal Palace

29 Sep

Ronald Koeman

A win will take Ronald Koeman’s side to second in the table


Romelu Lukaku will start for Everton against Crystal Palace on Friday night despite concerns over a toe problem.

Leighton Baines is yet to fully recover from a hamstring injury, while James McCarthy also remains sidelined.

Wilfried Zaha is available for Palace after missing the win at Sunderland with a hamstring strain.

Jonathan Benteke, younger brother of fellow striker Christian Benteke, could be out for up to four months with a knee injury which requires surgery.


Steve Bower: “Last weekend reiterated once again what the Premier League is all about. Everton lost their unbeaten record under Ronald Koeman at Bournemouth, while Crystal Palace dramatically won their third league game in a row at Sunderland, having managed just three wins in their previous 25.

“Everton’s defeat was a reminder there is still work to be done and they will be determined to return to winning ways.

“Palace have timely momentum and the opportunity to go level on points with their opponents. They will be wary of Yannick Bolasie, against them for the first time, but have Christian Benteke back on Merseyside, who’s added a much-needed extra element to their play.”

Twitter: @SteveBowercomm


Everton manager Ronald Koeman on the defeat by Bournemouth: “You learn every day about players, about wins and about defeats.

“We want a reaction but one defeat in six is not bad. Win and we are second in the table, more than anyone expected.”

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew on being linked with the England job: “Eddie Howe said it was the pinnacle for any Englishman’s career, I agree with that.

“I’m so lucky to have this football club where it is right now, the chairman and I have a great relationship. They have shown me great faith and I have a team I have a good feeling about. This is where I want to be.”

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  • The Eagles are unbeaten in their last three Premier League visits to Goodison Park – including two 3-2 wins.
  • Everton have won just one of their last six Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (D3, L2) – a 1-0 victory in January 2015 courtesy of a goal from Romelu Lukaku.


  • Everton are looking for a third successive home league win. They have gone six league games unbeaten at Goodison Park – their best run since an eight-match streak between January and April 2015.
  • An Everton win will give them 16 points and equal their highest tally after seven matches of a Premier League season, set in 2004-05. They went on to record their best Premier League finish that campaign, ending fourth.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in his last four top-flight appearances against Crystal Palace.
  • Yannick Bolasie has provided two assists for Everton this season, only one fewer than he managed in the Premier League in the whole of 2015-16 for Palace.

Crystal Palace

  • Crystal Palace could equal their top-flight record of three consecutive away wins, set on three occasions since the beginning of 2014.
  • Palace have collected 10 points from their last four Premier League games, just one fewer than their other 21 fixtures in 2016.
  • The Eagles have gone 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet – their last coming against Everton in a 0-0 draw at home in April 2016.
  • Christian Benteke has scored four goals in five Premier League appearances against Everton.

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