Everton vs. Crystal Palace
Venue: Goodison Park
Kick off: 1:30PM
Everton will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five matches when they welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park this afternoon.
The Toffees came from two goals behind to beat Watford 3-2 at Vicarage Road last weekend, but Palace lost at home to Sheffield United to make it six league games without a win.
It has not all been plain sailing for Carlo Ancelotti since his arrival at the club, but there is no question that the Italian would have been delighted by his team’s response at Watford last weekend after falling 2-0 behind.
The Toffees turned the game around to record a 3-2 win at Vicarage Road, meaning that they are unbeaten in the Premier League since a narrow 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on New Year’s Day.
After this weekend, Everton will not play again until February 23 when they visit Arsenal, and a win in Saturday’s early kickoff would actually move them into seventh position in the Premier League table.
Not since November 23 have the Merseyside giants lost a league match at Goodison Park, winning three of their last five in front of their own fans, who will be expecting another positive result this afternoon.
Everton have actually not lost to Palace in the Premier League since September 2014, although the last two league meetings between the two sides have finished in goalless draws.
Roy Hodgson deserves immense credit for the job that he continues to perform at Palace, but the experienced manager will certainly be concerned by his team’s form in recent weeks.
Indeed, without a Premier League victory since Boxing Day, the Eagles have dropped into 14th position in the table.
They are only actually six points clear of the relegation zone, suggesting that the club are far from safe despite impressing in the opening months of the campaign.
The capital outfit have lost their last two in the league to Southampton and Sheffield United without scoring, but they did pick up a point at Manchester City in their last away match on January 18.
Palace have actually only lost one of their last nine Premier League matches on the road, demonstrating that they are a much tougher proposition on their travels than at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles have been beaten on each of their last two visits to Goodison Park in the top flight, though, and will be the underdogs entering this weekend’s clash on Merseyside.
Everton possible XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Iwobi, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Crystal Palace possible XI: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Ayew, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha, Benteke.