Everton vs Crystal Palace. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats, and more

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Will the hosts use the opponent's problems to their advantage?

Everton FC will host Crystal Palace FC in the English Premier League 25th round match at the Goodison Park Stadium. The fixture will take place on Tuesday, February 20, beginning at 01:30 IST.

Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Everton News & Current Form: 

Everton are in a deep crisis, they have not won in the last 7 matches in the EPL. In addition, something happened to the performance of the Liverpool collective. In 3 of the 4 previous matches in the championship of England, they left the field without scoring.

The only match that the team can be proud of is the match with Tottenham Hotspur FC. It is only the second in the current championship of the country, where the wards of Sean Dyche managed not to lose, conceding in the score in the course of the meeting: the confrontation ended in a draw (2:2).

Thus, Everton are in 18th position, trailing by 1 point from Luton Town FC. In the current round the Hatters will meet with Manchester United FC, so the Toffees have a great opportunity to get out of the relegation zone. On home field Dyche’s wards play more confidently than away, having collected 63% of all their points in the current national championship.

In the last five matches in the EPL, Everton performed poorly. They lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (0:3), and the matches with Aston Villa FC (0:0) and with Fulham FC (0:0) ended in a draw. Note that the positional offense is struggling to create dangerous moments, so in this stretch Everton scored only twice

In the last round, the team lost to Manchester City with a score of 0:2. The CItizens completely owned the initiative and controlled the ball 73 percent of the game time. Everton’s coaching staff chose a defensive model, counting on quick counterattacks. Sean Dyche’s charges selflessly defended and did not allow the opponent to create many chances in the first half.

Goalie and captain of Everton FC – Jordan Pickford

Man City pressed, but scored only at the end of the match. Erling Haaland made a double, taking advantage of the fatigue of Everton’s defense. However, it is worth noting goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who confidently led the defense.

Everton’s last win in all competitions dates back to the 17th of January and it was just a match against Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup. Especially considering that they were robbed of 10 points and now have to fight for survival.

The club’s fans are sympathetic to what is happening. They do not criticize Dyche and the team, but on the contrary, support them. It is worth noting that with such a performance on the field the results should be better, so the future does not look so dark yet. On the other hand, a potential defeat in a match like this could completely change the perception of the current Everton.

Sean Dyche is looking forward to the return of Abdoulaye Doucoure and there is actually a good chance that he could be ready for this match. The ones who will definitely not be able to help the Toffees are Arnaut Danjuma, Dele Alli and Andre Gomes

Crystal Palace News & Current Form: 

Crystal Palace lost at home to Chelsea FC (1:3) in the last round of the EPL. In the first half, the Eagles owned the initiative, and Jefferson Lerma opened the scoring. At half-time, the Blues’ coach Mauricio Pochettino made significant changes, and his wards won by scoring three goals in a row.

Author of the goal in the game against Chelsea FC – Jefferson Lerma

Roy Hodgson’s wards have played poorly in the last five matches in the EPL. In addition to Chelsea, they lost to Arsenal FC (0:5) and Brighton and Hove Albion FC (1:4), and won with Brentford FC (3:1) and Sheffield United FC (3:2). At the moment the club occupies 16th place in the EPL standings, having collected 24 points in 24 meetings. On the road, they spent 12 matches, gaining three wins and three times playing in a draw.

The results do not satisfy the management of the club and Roy Hodgson is already a step away from leaving the post of head coach of the team. All reputable insiders write that the decision on his dismissal has already been made and the successor of the Briton will be Oliver Glasner. The Eagles are in a deep crisis, not least because of injuries, but it’s not just about them.

Coach Hodgson missed the press conference the previous day due to illness. One wonders if he will take the team to the pitch on Monday, given such heated discussions about his position as mentor.

The club’s main problem is the injuries to Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze, two creative players without whom Crystal Palace lack meaningful football. Neither of them have recovered in recent days, which means that the Londoners will have serious problems against the Liverpool side in both defense and attack.

Everton form guide: D-W-L-D-D-L

Crystal Palace form guide: D-L-L-W-L-L

Everton vs Crystal Palace Head-To-Head Record:

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  • November 11, 2023: Crystal Palace 2 – 3 Everton (Premier League);
  • January 4, 2024: Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Everton (FA Cup);
  • January 17, 2024: Everton 1 –  0 Crystal Palace (FA Cup).

Everton vs Crystal Palace Predicted XI:

Everton’s possible starting lineup (4-4-1-1): Pickford; Coleman, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko; Harrison, Onana, Garner, Doucoure, McNeil; Calvert-Lewin.

Crystal Palace’s possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Munoz, Andersen, Richards, Mitchell; Ahamada, Lerma, Wharton; Ayew, Mateta, Franca.

Statistical preview of the match Everton vs Crystal Palace:

  • Everton’s First XI average age is 27.3 years, Palace’s First XI average age is 26.2 years.
  • The total value of Everton’s  squad is 336 mln euros, while the total of Crystal Palace comes up to 385 mln euros.
  • Paul Tierney has been appointed as the center referee. The referee has already served 17 games this season, showing an average of 3.5 Yellow Cards and also whistles 21 fouls per game. 
  • Wards of Sean Dyche have not won in the championship for 7 matches (3 draws and 4 defeats).
  • At least one team did not score in 4 of the 5 previous games of Everton in the EPL.
  • On their field, the Liverpool team has a 3-match winless streak in the Premier League (2 draws and 1 defeat). 
  • In the last 15 matches in the EPL Crystal Palace have won only 2 victories (4 draws and 9 defeats).
  • Away Londoners have a 7-match winless streak in the Premier League (2 draws and 5 defeats).
  • Everton are averaging 4.25 corners per game, while Crystal Palace are averaging 4.65. 
  • Everton collect an average of 2.1 yellow cards per game, while Crystal Palace collect 2.05. 

What has been said before the match:

Gaffer of Everton FC Sean Dyche ahead of the EPL clash with Crystal Palace FC:

“I think the noise around it changes, but, at the end of the day, the mentality we’ve been trying to build here is that every game is a big game here; every game is an important game, so we find that consistency in the mentality of the team.”

“I think there’s a belief in the team. It’s not just my belief in them. I think their ownership of it has grown. As a team, I think their demands have risen. They demand more from each other and I think that’s given some positives.”

“It’s about delivering a performance. I speak to our players about it all the time. We have to perform, and that’s been an idea I’ve been speaking about to the group since I got here – the consistency of performances, as well. I think it’s been pretty good this season. Turning those consistent performances into wins is the challenge. We’ve done that somewhat this season. We have to do it again.”

“There is an awareness of the opposition and a tactical understanding, but we’ve always kept the straight-forward thinking that it’s about us. We have to make the game about us – particularly at Goodison. We want to take the game on and we have to have that mentality. The players are aware. The coverage of everything in football is so vast, so they’re all aware of the situation. We focus on what we’re doing.”

Everton vs Crystal Palace Prediction:

Both teams are now in a crisis of results, Everton based on the form of the last 5 matches looks more favorable (scored 8 points in the last 5 matches in all tournaments). The Toffees do show their own style, system, they perform relatively good football, which hardly corresponds to such pale results. And such a low position in the standings is resentful (10 points were deducted for financial violations). For instance, despite losing to Manchester City (0-2), the Merseysiders only allowed their opponents their first shot on target in the 70th minute. The Citizens only managed three shots on goal. To hold off an opponent of such caliber with such an array of star players in attack is at least a testament to the remarkable level of defensive cohesion in the team, Sean Dyche’s men have a knack for resilience and can be patient in the low block, waiting for their moment. At Goodison Park, the Toffees have lost just three of their last ten matches. Over the course of the season, the Toffees are conceding an average of just 1.2 goals per game at his stadium, which is the 5th fewest goals conceded at home in the EPL. The return of key player Abdoulaye Doucouré, who is the team’s top scorer (6 goals + 1 assist), is encouraging news for Everton. 

The player offers tremendous functionality in both boxes and is also noted for his workrate. Crystal Palace have suffered 4 crushing defeats in their last 5 matches, one of them being 0:5 at the Emirates Stadium. The level of play corresponds to what we see in the table. Roy Hodgson’s wards were only able to overcome Sheffield United, a club that is dragging at the bottom of the table. The goals were scored by Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise, the main creative attackers of the team, who are now unavailable. Besides, Hodgson is suffering health issues and it’s happening against the backdrop of rumors of his sacking. The main defender Marc Guéhi will also not be able to help the Eagles.

Parimatch News staff prediction:

We say: Everton will not lose, and the match total will be less than 3.5 – Yes.

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