Super Sunday sees Everton meet Crystal Palace at Goodison Park as Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina look set for their debuts.
Both teams have experienced challenging starts to the season but Everton can potentially put themselves into top ten with victory here, whilst Palace could find themselves dangerously close to the drop with defeat depending on Saturday’s results.
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Everton could hand summer signings, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes their first appearances as they face Crystal Palace.
Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka and Beni Baningime could also be in the selection mix after coming through a training match during the international break.
James McCarthy is under consideration as he continues his comeback from a 10 month lay off, following a double leg fracture suffered against West Bromwich Albion but is unlikely to be risked.
Idrissa Gueye is ruled out with an ankle injury.
Crystal Palace have a near full squad available apart from Christian Benteke and Scott Dann who remain absent with knee injuries.
Connor Whickham could feature off bench as he prepares for his first Premier League game in nearly two years, when he suffered a serious knee injury in 5-4 defeat at Swansea City.
Everton endured a difficult period between September and October international breaks, losing and winning two apiece.
During that period, they netted six goals with only two coming before half time through Gylfi Sigurdsson against West Ham and Richarlison who netted a seventh minute opener in their last outing at Leicester City.
Crystal Palace meanwhile are in dire form with just four points from their last five and two goals scored in that time.
They have however kept two clean sheets in that period and are yet to not score in an away game this season.
- Everton have won three of last seven meetings with Crystal Palace (W3, D4).
- During that run, both teams have scored at least once in four of those fixtures.
- In last season’s meetings, a total of eight goals were scored (2-2 at Selhurst Park, 3-1 at Goodison Park) with first four all coming in first half and rest coming in second half.
- Everton’s Oumar Niasse scored once in both meetings last season.
- Crystal Palace have kept three clean sheets so far which is the joint third highest alongside Tottenham Hotspur.
- Victory here will see Everton record their first run of three consecutive league wins since January 2017 and they beat Crystal Palace in the third game of that run.
If Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina feature, I am expecting this to be a decent match as Everton finally start to find their feet after a shaky start whilst Palace lack pace up front.
The Eagles however have scored in all of their away matches this season so they should easily breach an inconsistent Everton defence if Mina is on bench.
Ultimately, I can see Everton coming through this with a strong victory if continue their recent progress.
Prediction: Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace
Jake predicts: Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace
Result: Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace