After recording the victory at Watford, Everton is aiming to give fans another reason to celebrate when they host the Crystal Palace at their Goodison Park. Palace’s Roy Hodgson has no fresh traumatic worries before a trip to Liverpool, but we don’t believe that the capital’s club is able to catch up with the high-flying Toffees at Goodison Park.
Everton are unbeaten in five matches at home
Everton’s 3-2 win over Watford saw them concede first for the 12th time this season in the Premier League. Highlighting a vulnerability early on. However, despite starting games slowly, they have shown impressive fighting qualities. To gain 15 points in their last eight matches and have only been down at the break on three occasions this season. The ‘Toffees’ are unbeaten in five matches at home and average 2.33 goals per Premier League game at Goodison Park – where they have only trailed at half-time once this season. What’s more, Everton are unbeaten in 80 percent of home league games this term that they started as favourites.
The Eagles failed to impress fans
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United last time out. Their eighth loss out of nine this Premier League season where they failed to score. Worryingly for Eagles’ fans, they have picked up just 12 points since the end of November. More encouragingly, they have played out three draws in their last three away games. Scoring at least once in those matches. Furthermore, they have prevented their opponents from scoring before half-time on seven occasions. When playing away from home this Premier League season.
Will not play
From Everton: Gbamin – Thigh injury; Questionable: Gomes – Ankle injury.
From Crystal Palace: Sakho – Thigh injury, Schlupp – Groin injury, Tosun – Thigh injury.
Players to watch
Everton forward Richarlison has registered one assist and two goals in his last three Premier League games. While Palace have not lost this season when Jordan Ayew has netted with five of his six goals coming after the break.
Stat attack: Everton leads the all-time H2H, while none of the last four meetings saw a goal before half-time.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are dangerous in the 15 minutes before half-time. Scoring eight goals this season, while Palace have scored ten times in the final 15 minutes.
On average, Everton have won 6.42 corners per game at home this season and conceded four. While on the road, Palace average 3.25 corners won and seven conceded.