Everton host Crystal Palace at Goodison Park tonight, hoping to extend their seven match winning streak in the Premier League, a new club record. That run will face a stern test this evening as in-form Crystal Palace come to Goodison Park with safety virtually assured, following a hard-fought win over Aston Villa last weekend.
Date: 16th April, 2014
Venue: Goodison Park
Referee: Andre Marriner
Kick-off: 20:45 GMT
Everton Manager: Roberto Martinez
Crystal Palace Manager: Tony Pulis
The Toffees are in great form at home and have only lost once at Goodison Park this season (against Sunderland). They managed to trash Arsenal 3-0 at home and will hope their star players can deliver the same performance against Crystal palace.
For Crystal Palace, life under Tony Pulis has delivered a new sense of hope and optimism. The Eagles are three points clear of definitive Premier League safety and a run of three consecutive wins, have propelled them into mid-table. Palace will be keen to continue their good run of form against a impressive Everton outfit.
For Everton the return of Phil Jagielka is a welcome boost as they embark on an important run of games which will define their season. Long-term casualties are Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson, both out with knee injuries as well as Brian Oviedo who suffered a broken leg earlier in the season.
Palace have no long term casualties and their only concern is Kagisho Dikgacoi and Yannick Bolasie who will both undergo late fitness tests to see if they can play tonight.
Everton have won seven successive Premier League matches at Goodison Park, they last won eight home league games in a row back in April 1990.
The Toffees have won three and lost none of the last five matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions.
Crystal Palace have failed to score in five of their last seven away games in the Barclays Premier League.
Everton: 3 - 0 Crystal Palace
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