PREVIEW | EVERTON V CRYSTAL PALACE
Here we are, 5 months after Everton defeated Crystal Palace under the floodlights at Goodison Park the blues are set to face Patrick Vieira’s Palace side again this Saturday on the final 3pm Kick Off at Goodison before the World Cup taking place in November.
Frank Lampard’s Toffees have lost their previous 3 League matches and are currently sat 15th in the table meanwhile Crystal Palace are 11th. A win at Goodison would be a massive morale boost for this Everton side who have fallen into slump of poor performances and defeats. More points ideally need to be on the board after these final 4 League fixtures before the World Cup not only to give the Evertonians breathing room but Frank Lampard also who is starting to come under criticism from some fans. 3 points against Palace would be a good start.
Everton One To Watch – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Everton’s number 9 started his first League game of the season in the 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United and wasn’t given many chances to try and get on the scoresheet. DCL has had his critics recently due to his injury record but there is no doubt that he will want to put that far behind him and look to kick on and get the ball in the back of the net dragging Everton up the table.
Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon will no doubt be told to whip that ball into the Crystal Palace box for DCL to get on the end of it and with Crystal Palace’s two Centre Backs in Andersen and Guehi he will have a job on his hands.
Crystal Palace One To Watch – Wilfried Zaha
Seamus Coleman will have a job on his hand’s this weekend as he will likely be up against Wilfried Zaha who is in great form for Palace so far this season scoring 4 goals in 8 games. Zaha who Everton courted in the summer of 2019 has been Palace’s go to man for the big occasions for some time since rejoining in 2015 after a failed move to Manchester United.
With a front line of Zaha, Edouard and Olise, Crystal Palace have bags full of pace ready to attack the Everton back line so the blues will have to watch out when pressing high up the Goodison pitch for a Crystal Palace counter attack.
Overall Frank Lampard will need to make sure that his Everton team is well drilled for Crystal Palace set up that Vieira has put in place. After some good cameo appearances from Midfielder James Garner and some midfield slipups from Idrissa Gueye and Amadou Onana the England U21 International is knocking on the door and could potentially start for the blues if Lampard is to shake up his starting 11.
After the Palace game Everton will face Fulham away and Leicester at Goodison before two final fixtures down the South Coast against Bournemouth in the League and the Carabao Cup. Hopefully Frank Lampard and his Everton side can put an end to their current losing streak and start accumulating more points this weekend.