Everton vs Crystal Palace: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s fixture at Goodison Park

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Everton will be looking to build on their 2-0 victory at West Brom on Saturday, which saw them secure their first win and first clean sheet of the season.

Everton had equalled a Premier League record by conceding 10 goals in their opening three games, but they will expect to claim the points against a struggling Crystal Palace. Since Neil Warnock’s return to Palace, his side have managed two draws, perhaps still reeling from boss Tony Pulis’ sudden departure.

Another return – this time Wilfried Zaha on loan from Manchester United – has boosted Palace’s hopes following his lively displays against Newcastle and Burnley.

Everton may have some tired legs after their Europa League fixture against Wolfsburg on Thursday, but Roberto Martinez’s side boast the league’s second best scoring record this season, and they are sure to keep Palace busy.

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KICK OFF: Sunday, 4pm.

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Everton 2 (Naismith, Mirallas) Crystal Palace 3 (Puncheon, Dann, Jerome), Premier League, April 2014

Crystal Palace 0 Everton 0, Premier League, November 2013

Everton 4 (Arteta, Cahill x2, Vaughan) Crystal Palace 0, Premier League, April 2005

STATS…

Jason Puncheon has scored on both occasions he has played at Goodison Park in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace pulled off a remarkable 3-2 win at Goodison Park last season, ending Everton’s seven game winning streak.

Crystal Palace have the worst pass success rate in the Premier League this season.

Everton have committed 58 fouls this season, the most in the Premier League.

ODDS:

Everton to win: 1.40

Crystal Palace to win: 8.00

Draw: 4.33

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm

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