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PREVIEW | Everton v Crystal Palace – FA Cup Third Round Replay

Goodison Park will be the home of the FA Cup replay between Everton and Crystal Palace. After a 0-0 scoreline in the previous match between the two that took place at Selhurst Park.

Everton rewind!

Everton welcomed Aston Villa to Goodison Park over the weekend for what would be a decent result for the Blues. Villa would have over double the amount of passes that Everton had (530) and keep 69% possession during the game and also outshoot us 16 to 10, but somehow we would keep it a 0-0 draw once again.

The game would start as you’d expect, but the action would kick-off in the 18th minute when Moreno would score from the top of the box off a corner kick routine. A decent shot but it would not stand due to an offside call in the buildup. The rest of the first half would be quite entertaining, Pickford made a few fantastic saves, but the best chance of the match came in the 45th minute when Danjuma played a ball into Dominic Calvert-Lewin who would be clear as day through on goal! Dom would take his chance very poorly and shoot into a sprawling Martinez, Martinez would make another great save on the follow up shot by Doucoure.

The second half would mostly be Aston Villa pressuring Everton in their own half but the stout defensive shape and a bit of old school defense by our back four kept it level. Doucoure would score late on in the 88th minute but as Moreno’s goal, offside! Overall a decent result against a top side.

Everton: Key player

Dominic Calvert-lewin should and almost has to show up and play at the level he is capable of Wednesday. There is no reason to have Dom as a potential key player or game chance per say but he is bound to find the back of the net. Last Match he was pretty ineffective up until the point of him being sent off. The red card has been rescinded (a ludicrous bit of officiating)

Dom is very useful in hold up play, which is due to his aerial success rate, Fbref has him ranked in the top 91% for aerials won. This season has been nothing short of a poor season for Dom but one goal can change his confidence and inevitably his season.

Crystal Palace: Key player

Joachim Andersen has been nothing short of solid this season for Palace. Last match between these, Andersen had Dom shoved in his pocket. He is quite decent in the air with over 2.67 duels won per 90 but most importantly he has on average five clearances per match. He is a player who cuts out the long ball into the strikers, similar to how Dyche prefers to play into Dom.

Palace may be on the back foot for large chunks of the match, so I’d expect to see Andersen busy cleaning up balls played in the final third.

Final thoughts

Like I previously said, a deep cup could do wonders for our confidence and would be exactly what the fans deserve. The air around the club is hazy with all of this FFP talk and potential deductions but ona great onfield performance is what we crave!

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Cody Harris

A massive Blue from across the pond.

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