Preview - Crystal Palace vs Everton 27 April 19

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Match Day 36
Crystal Palace vs. Everton
Saturday, April 27th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace: 
Last five matches form: W L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.23
Average goals against per match: 1.37
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojević (12)

Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.43
Average goals against per match: 1.26
Top Scorer: Gylfi Sigurdsson & Richarlison (13)

Two sides who arrive on the back of big wins last time out lock horns at Selhurst Park this weekend as 12th placed Crystal Palace play host to ninth placed Everton.

Inconsistent throughout the season, Crystal Palace have certainly been displaying that trait of late, having now alternated wins and losses for their past nine Premier League fixtures. Safe from relegation and with no chance of Europe, they were impressive in beating Arsenal last time out, but will they be able to maintain that level here?

Only two points behind seventh placed Wolves, Everton do still have seventh place and European football to aim for, and should they carry on in a similar vein as when hammering Manchester United last time out they might just do it.

Everton took the points with a 2-0 win at Goodison in the reverse of this fixture. The game here last season ended in a 2-2 draw.

Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp all miss out through injury for the home side. No injuries for Everton, but André Gomes is side-lined through suspension.

Palace have just the one win in their past five at home - and even that came against Huddersfield. With only four wins from 17 in front of their own fans overall, the Eagles aren't a side to be trusted here.

Trying to predict what Everton are going to do on the road is almost as difficult, backing up an impressive win at West Ham with a loss to Fulham in their two most recent away outings.

We fancy there may be a few goals around in this one. Everton are playing marginally the better football of the two for us and they may just nick it.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2 - 3 Everton


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  8 - 22
Shots on target: 0 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 10
Possession: 36% - 64%

Two bookings at Selhurst Park, both for the home side, with referee Lee Mason taking the names of Luka Milivojevic and Cheikhou Kouyate.

A little surprising to see this one end up in a stalemate with both sides having been amongst the goals of late. Failing to register a single shot on target over the course of the ninety minutes though, we suspect Crystal Palace wouldn't have scored even if they were still playing now. Miles clear on possession and total efforts on goal, it is Everton who were the unlucky side not to have come away with the win, but even they will also likely have been disappointed with their play in the final third at times.

Palace did start brightly enough with Max Meyer firing into the side netting after only a couple of minutes. Everton quickly grew into the game though and were on top for most of the remainder of the first half. The best of their chances probably falling to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who produced a tame effort when played in over the top on the left. 0-0 at the break.

Similar story in the second half; Palace hitting the side netting after a couple of minutes and Everton bossing the rest. Bernard hit the near post from inside the area to the right, and Cenk Tosun saw a back-heeled effort from point blank range denied by Vicente Guaita. No way through though. 0-0 final score.

Crystal Palace stay 13th as their season now trundles to a conclusion. Disappointing for Everton who now sit ninth and lie four points behind Wolves with two to play in the race for seventh and the Europa League.

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