Premier League finally resumes for Everton after 15 days which comprised of International break and several players joining their national sides. The Toffees take on Crystal Palace in a Monday evening fixture as the Premier League weekend has already ended, producing some shocking and spell bounding results.
Chelsea’s appalling defeat to West Bromwich Albion along with Tottenham Hotspur’s draw with Newcastle has blown the top four race wide open once again. The Royal Blues have a chance to close down the gap and have one game in hand compared to their direct rivals in the quest for Champions League places.
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The last time these two sides met back in September 2020, Everton managed to win a cagey affair as Richarlison and Domini Calvert-Lewin were on the score sheet. The Toffees are unbeaten against Palace in the last seven fixtures (4W, 3D).
Roy Hodgson’s men, quite frankly, sitting in no man’s land in the Premier League table. The Eagles are 12th with 37 points, trailing 12 points for the last Europa League spot and 11 points ahead of the drop zone. If things continue to go as they are right now, the Londoners will be finishing mid-table this season.
As for Everton, every game is as important as a final if they want to achieve Champions League qualification. The Toffees have everything to play for and hence they will have to look as the more eager, motivated and determined side. The Royal Blues have lost their previous two games (to Manchester City in the FA Cup and Chelsea in the Premier League) but that will have very little to do with the momentum as there was an International break in between.
Everton team news
Carlo Ancelotti already announced that Jordan Pickford, Fabian Delph, Bernard and Abdoulaye Doucoure will be unavailable for the clash. The Toffees have a lot to celebrate about as James Rodriguez and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are fit to feature. Meanwhile, Robin Olsen is also ready and will start in goal in place of the injured Pickford.
When and where to watch Everton vs Crystal Palace
Date: 5th April 2021
Time: 6 pm GMT
Place: Goodison Park (to be played behind closed doors)
Referee: Kevin Friend
TV info: Sky Sports (UK), won’t be live on TV in the USA
Live Stream: Peacock Premium (USA)
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