Match Day 1
Crystal Palace vs. Everton
Saturday, August 10th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Last five matches form: L W D W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.34
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.39
Top Scorer (18/19): Luka Milivojevic (12)
Last five matches form: L W D W D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.42
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.21
Top Scorer (18/19): Gylfi Sigurdsson & Richarlison (13)
Everton did make some progress under Marco Silva last season, and with the board having backed the manager in the transfer market once again over the summer, hopes will be high that they can improve further this season. First up it's a trip to Crystal Palace to take on Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace outfit.
The game here last season ended in a goalless draw, with Everton coming out on top 2-0 in the reverse fixture.
James Tomkins will be the only absentee for Crystal Palace. Quite what frame of mind Wilfried Zaha will be in remains to be seen. The wide man handed in a transfer request this week in an effort to force through a move to Everton and, with that move having failed to materialise now faces the Toffees first time up.
The loss of Idrissa Gueye may upset the balance of this Everton side, but otherwise you would have to be impressed with the business they have done over the summer, bringing in Moise Kean, Fabian Delph, Alex Iwobi and more.
Crystal Palace haven't exactly stood still over the summer, but we fancy they may well have fallen further behind an Everton side who do now look to be on an upwards trajectory. The top six may not be out of reach for Marco Silva's men, and they are fancied to get off to a winning start here.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Everton
Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 6 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 2
Possession: 39% - 61%
Max Meyer and Luka Milivojevic were booked for the home side at Selhurst Park. Bernard and Morgan Schneiderlin of Everton had their names taken by referee Jonathan Moss, with Schneiderlin then being dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 76th minute.
There was no place in the starting line up for Wilfried Zaha following his protracted summer transfer saga, although he did come on in the 65th minute.
Two of Everton's big summer transfers also had to make do with cameos from the bench, with Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean only being introduced after the interval.
Gylfi Sigurdsson had a golden opportunity to hand Everton the lead in just the second minute when the ball broke to him space beside the penalty spot. The Icelander however could only uncharacteristically scuff his effort wide.
Everton were having the best of it in the opening period - Seamus Coleman looking sure to score when presented with an opportunity at the far post but seeing his effort well blocked. 0-0 at the break.
The pattern of play continued in a similar vein after the interval - Patrick Van Aanholt doing well to get back and block an effort on the line.
Palace probably should have taken the lead in the 58th minute - Max Meyer clean through in the left of the area but only ably to blast an effort straight at Jordan Pickford.
Only half chances for either side from there on in, with the major incident being the dismissal of Schneiderlin. His second booking coming courtesy of a late challenge on Luka Milivojevic.
Everton may have been marginally the better side on the day, but there wasn't much in it and neither side can really have too many complaints about sharing the points.