EVERTON vs CRYSTAL PALACE
Everton squares up against inform Crystal Palace this night at Goodison. The Tofees will be hoping to get the better of the visiting London side.
Leighton Baines will not feature in Friday’s game against Crystal Palace, with boss Ronald Koeman deeming it “too risky” following the left-back’s recent absence with a hamstring injury.
Romelu Lukaku, however, will start in attack, that despite the Belgian reporting pain in his foot earlier this week.
James McCarthy is progressing well in his bid to recover from a groin operation but won’t be fit in time.
Palace are missing key players Scott Dann and Wilfried Zaha (both hamstring), while Pape Souare is absent after a recent car accident.
- The Eagles are unbeaten in their last three Premier League visits to Goodison Park – including two 3-2 wins.
- Everton have won just one of their last six Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (D3, L2) – a 1-0 victory in January 2015 courtesy of a goal from Romelu Lukaku.
- Everton are looking for a third successive home league win. They have gone six league games unbeaten at Goodison Park – their best run since an eight-match streak between January and April 2015.
- An Everton win will give them 16 points and equal their highest tally after seven matches of a Premier League season, set in 2004-05. They went on to record their best Premier League finish that campaign, ending fourth.
- Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in his last four top-flight appearances against Crystal Palace.
- Yannick Bolasie has provided two assists for Everton this season, only one fewer than he managed in the Premier League in the whole of 2015-16 for Palace.
- Crystal Palace could equal their top-flight record of three consecutive away wins, set on three occasions since the beginning of 2014.
- Palace have collected 10 points from their last four Premier League games, just one fewer than their other 21 fixtures in 2016.
- The Eagles have gone 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet – their last coming against Everton in a 0-0 draw at home in April 2016.
- Christian Benteke has scored four goals in five Premier League appearances against Everton.