Saturday 10 February FA Premier League Goodison Park 3pm kick-off
TEAM NEWS Sam Allardyce has confirmed Everton are in the “best shape” injury-wise, since he took over at Goodison Park in late November. The manager revealed keeper Maarten Stekelenburg [hernia] has returned to training, as well as Ramiro Funes Mori [knee] who stepped up his recovery with 45 minutes for the Under-23s on Monday. After his injury sustained at Southampton in November, Leighton Baines [calf] has started running again but is yet to join in on training.
Palace's injury list has lengthened, with winger Wilfried Zaha set to be out for a month with a knee injury. He is joined on the treatment table by Scott Dann, Bakary Sako and Jason Puncheon - who are all out for the rest of the season - with Jeffrey Schlupp, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Connor Wickham remaining sidelined.
Everton will look to make it a second home win on the bounce after the Blues ran out 2-1 winner over Leicester at Goodison Park on 31 January thanks to a brace from Theo Walcott. The Blues will also be determined to right the wrongs of last weekend's 5-1 loss at Arsenal. Under Sam Allardyce, Everton have won three and drawn two of their six matches at Goodison, their only loss coming to Manchester United on New Year's Day.
Palace have been rejuvenated under manager Roy Hodgson, losing only two of their past 15 matches - a far cry from the side which lost their opening seven games without scoring a goal.
ONE TO WATCH: LUKA MILIVOJEVIC
After Wilfried Zaha was ruled out for a month with a knee injury, Crystal Palace will turn to top scorer Luka Milivojevic for inspiration. The Serbian midfielder has popped up with six goals this campaign, including the winner against Southampton at the start of the year, along with equalisers against Newcastle United and Bournemouth. Signed from Olympiakos for £11million, Milivojevic has a return of eight goals in total.
LAST TIME: EVERTON 1-1 CRYSTAL PALACE
Everton missed the chance to go second in the Premier League when Crystal Palace last visited Goodison on 30 September 2016. The hosts led in the first half when Romelu Lukaku’s free-kick found the top corner, however his Belgian teammate, Christian Benteke, hit back on 50 minutes to level the scores. Both teams had chances to win the game towards the end but Palace held on for the point.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: JON MOSS
Referee Jon Moss takes charge of Saturday’s fixture in what will be his 164th top-flight fixture. Moss’ most high-profile game came in 2015, as he officiated the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa. This campaign, Moss has refereed 21 Premier League games, including Everton twice. Firstly, the home defeat to Burnley in October before the Toffees’ win over Swansea later in December.
Everton take on Crystal Palace this weekend and, ahead of the Premier League clash at Goodison Park, evertonresults.com provides the facts and figures from down the years between the Blues and Eagles.
Everton’s last home game on 10 February was a 2-1 win against Chelsea in 2010, with Louis Saha netting twice and also missing a penalty.
Only 19 players have played for both the Blues and Palace in competitive matches - and six of them have been goalkeepers! They were: George Wood, Bobby Mimms, Nigel Martyn, Thomas Myhre, Iain Turner and Carlo Nash. One of the other 13 players was striker Andrew Johnson, a goalscoring star at both clubs, and he will celebrate his 37th birthday on Saturday.
Everton are unbeaten in six matches against Palace, home and away in all competitions - W2 D4 L0. The last meeting was a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park in November. The last Goodison Park game also ended all-square - 1-1 in September 2016.
Our last home victory against the Eagles was back in April 2005 when we won 4-0 and James Vaughan became the Club's - and the Premier League's - youngest ever goalscorer aged just 16 years and 270 days, records he still retains.
If he plays against Palace it will be Phil Jagielka's 370th appearance for the Toffees in all competitions. That would move him one ahead of Kevin Sheedy and into 21st place on the Club’s all-time list. It would also extend his Everton playing career to 10 years and 180 days. That would move him up to 36th place on the 'Longest Everton Playing Career' chart, jumping ahead of legendary 1960s/70s defender John Hurst.
If Seamus Coleman features it will be his 208th League appearance for Everton - the same number of games both Gary Stevens and Alan Ball made for the Club.
One goal for Everton on Saturday will take the Club to 5,300 goals in all of our competitive games at Goodison.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson will become only the second manager (after Alan Pardew) to manage five different clubs at Goodison Park in the Premier League. Hodgson has previously been in charge of Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom in league visits to the Grand Old Lady.
So far this season there have been 15 penalties in games Everton have been involved in in all competitions. One more this weekend would be the most since a remarkable 21 in 1988/89 - the highest number in the Club’s history.
Between the Blues and their opponents this term, five penalties have been saved by goalkeepers. Only once before - in 1904/05 - have six penalties been saved in Everton fixtures!
The match is, of course, a traditional Saturday 3pm game. In Everton’s past 10 home Saturday league games with that kick-off time, the Blues’ record is an impressive W8 D1 L1. In the past 15 it is W10 D4 L1!
THEY PLAYED FOR BOTH
Andy Kennedy John Watson Stuart Shaw Gerry Humphreys Alan Whittle Kenny Sansom George Wood Alan Irvine Bobby Mimms Nigel Martyn Terry Phelan Thomas Myhre John Oster Marcus Bent James Vaughan Iain Turner Andrew Johnson Carlo Nash Yannick Bolasie