Premier League Preview: Everton vs. Crystal Palace
- Palace won 3-2 on last 2 visits to Everton
- Lukaku has scored in 4-straight games
- Toffees third highest scorers in PL
Everton host Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with both teams aiming to push for a top six spot in the Premier League this season.
The Toffees are unbeaten in four games as Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku have hit top form heading into December with Roberto Martinez’s side regaining their free-flowing attacking instincts.
As for Palace, they’ve enjoyed recent success on the road at Everton, winning both of their last trips to Merseyside by a 3-2 scorelines. So, we can expect plenty of goals today, right? Alan Pardew’s side are pushing on with their plans to become a top six team with Yannick Bolasie leading the way they will give Everton’s defense plenty of problems. Expect an open game involving two teams who love to attack.
In team news Wilfried Zaha is suspended for Palace, while Everton’s James McCarthy will have a late fitness test.
What they’re saying
Martinez on Everton’s young core of players: “We don’t treat them by age, we treat them by what they do and they have always been at the front of our thoughts as it is a way you can reach a level that probably you cannot achieve with money. Barkley, Lukaku, Deulofeu, Stones - they are not just young players who have appeared on the scene and had a good game here or there, they have been very consistent for the last two seasons.”
Pardew on Lukaku emulating Drogba: “His all-round game has improved; he is the full No 9. We looked at the iconic one of the last 10 years, Drogba. You have to say Lukaku does look like he could emulate that. I’m sure that would be his ambition.”
These two teams will be fighting for a top eight finish this season and depending on who gets luckier with injuries and suspensions, they could both finish in the top six. In Lukaku and Barkley, Everton possess two top attacking talents and with Palace missing both Zaha and Sako on Monday, I think the Toffees will just shade this one. 2-1 to the blue noses.