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Everton suffered a downturn before the international break with league defeats to Chelsea and Burnley, as well as an FA Cup exit at the hands of Man City.
Carlo Ancelotti will hope the time off will allow the group to refocus, though losses to Thomas Tuchel’s Blues and Pep Guardiola’s outstanding machine shouldn’t be overblown.
The Toffees’ home form does however remain a concern. They’ve won just five times from 14 league games this season, including a W1-D1-L5 record in 2021 so far.
They can point to good results against Palace though, having gone unbeaten in 12 clashes since 2015 home or away, winning the last three meetings at Goodison Park by two-goal margins each.
Palace have experienced mixed form, but it’s difficult to see them claiming maximum points here. They’ve had two wins from their past seven, though it’s fair to say the 2-1 victory at Brighton was a smash and grab effort, while the other was a 1-0 success over a doomed looking West Brom outfit.
The Eagles drew a blank in four of those seven games and as ever, won’t be taking the game to their opposition, but instead looking to strike on the counter.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin To Score Anytime
Ancelotti is still without Abdoulaye Doucoure in the centre of the park, but Roy Hodgson has better news as full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and Tyrick Mitchell could return here, as might midfielders James McArthur and James McCarthy.
Still, the outright market doesn’t hold much appeal with Everton’s poor home showings, as well as Palace’s inability to win convincingly.
Indeed, away from home, the Eagles are a poor W2-D1-L5 since Christmas in all competitions, and they’ve rarely managed clean sheets on their travels with just one from their past 15.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is certainly of interest here after netting three times in five appearances against Palace since 2018/19, including strikes in each of the last two meetings.
He’ll have been buoyed by his brace against San Marino, and should also find the service improves with James Rodriguez set to return here.
Given Palace will undoubtedly favour a low defensive block, the striker should have aerial opportunities in the box, especially as only Sheffield united and Leeds have conceded more goals from set-pieces than Palace this season.