Palace have slipped from 10th to 14th in the table in recent weeks after a four-game winless streak, where they’ve lost their past three against Aston Villa, Leeds and Man Utd.
All three of those defeats came by one-goal margins though, so there’s hardly any reason for the Eagles to panic just yet, but they haven’t played quite so well of late and particularly since James McArthur and Joachim Andersen were struck down by injury.
Those two each missed the recent trio of defeats and Patrick Vieira will hope to have the pair back here, with James Tomkins and one of Jeffrey Schlupp or Luka Milivojevic to deputize if they fail to make the cut.
Elsewhere, Joel Ward should also come back into the team at right-back following his suspension against Man Utd, especially as Nathaniel Clyne appeared lost at sea in that encounter.
Rafa Benitez will hope Everton’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Monday serves as a turning point for his side. They had failed to win any of their previous eight outings, losing six of these, with the most alarming aspect their lack of defensive resolve.
In fact, the Toffees have kept just three clean sheets from 17 matches in all competitions this season, and just one from the last nine.
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Everton are still without key striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and back-up Salomon Rondon, but their win over the Gunners also saw Yerry Minna make way for Mason Holgate after an hour and he’s now set for another spell on the sidelines.
The Colombian had only just returned from a thigh problem, with his absence from the team coinciding with a run of six defeats from seven games.
That included matches where they conceded five against Watford, four to Liverpool, three to Man City, as well as twice against a low-scoring Wolves side (only Norwich have scored fewer goals than the latter this term).
Give Palace have registered just two clean sheets of their own across their past 11 games, neither side looks like shutting the other out here.
Both teams have scored in each of the past three head-to-head meetings, as well as four of Palace’s last five outings at Selhurst Park.
Richarlison appeared to rediscover his sharpness against Arsenal and would have had a hat-trick if not for VAR intervening on two occasions, so there should be plenty of goal-mouth action in this clash.
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