Everton will wear their white 2018/19 third kit when Marco Silva’s team kick off the new Premier League campaign at Crystal Palace.
The Club had planned to play in this season’s new coral and navy second strip at Selhurst Park. However, match officials for this weekend’s fixture have requested a change due to concerns Everton’s away colours would clash with the hosts’ 2019/20 season red and blue jerseys.
Everton’s Umbro third kit for 2019/20 will be revealed and available to purchase on Friday 23 August.
Everton will be without Fabian Delph for Saturday’s Premier League opener at Crystal Palace (kick-off 3pm).
The midfielder, a summer arrival from Manchester City, is continuing his recovery from a thigh injury.
Deadline-day signing Alex Iwobi is also unavailable for the Blues due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations and not being registered before Thursday's midday deadline.
Defenders James Tomkins (groin) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) may miss out for Crystal Palace.
Jeffrey Schlupp is also a doubt for the Eagles with an ankle injury.
PREMIER LEAGUE STATS 2018/19
Top goalscorers 1. Gylfi Sigurdsson/Richarlison: 13 2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 6 3. Theo Walcott: 5
Most assists 1. Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6 2. Lucas Digne: 4 3. Bernard/Cenk Tosun: 3
Top goalscorers 1. Luka Milivojevic: 12 2. Wilfried Zaha: 10 3. Andros Townsend: 6
Most assists 1. James McArthur: 6 2. Wilfried Zaha: 5 3. Andros Townsend: 4
KEY STATS, FACTS AND MILESTONES
Everton have not lost in their past seven Premier League opening-day clashes.
The Blues are also unbeaten in their past eight matches at Selhurst Park – winning four and drawing four.
Saturday’s game will be Everton’s 50th meeting with Crystal Palace. The Toffees’ record against the Eagles is W20 D17 L12.
An appearance for Seamus Coleman would represent his 290th for the Club, one more than 1900s goalkeeper Billy Scott and goalscoring hero Bob Latchford. Coleman would move to 43rd place on his own on the Club’s all-time appearance list.
ONE TO WATCH: Luka Milivojevic
Serbian midfielder Milivojevic has emerged as an integral figure for Palace since signing for the south London side from Olympiakos in 2017.
He has provided the Eagles with composure and consistency in the middle of the park, and the 28-year-old’s leadership qualities have seen him named club captain.
He was Palace’s top goalscorer last season, netting on 12 occasions, with 10 of his strikes coming from the penalty spot.
The only time Milivojevic failed to convert from the spot came in Palace’s 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last October, when Jordan Pickford saved his effort from 12 yards.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Jon Moss Premier League games refereed last season: 27 Yellow cards issued: 93 Red cards issued: 5
Crystal Palace Selhurst Park Whitehorse Lane London SE25 6PU
Tickets for this fixture are sold out and supporters are advised not to travel unless they are in possession of a valid match ticket.
No ticket upgrades will be available on the day of the fixture.
For any ticket queries the Everton Fan Centre will be open 10am-3pm on the day of the game. Call 0871 663 1878*.
TRAVEL AND PARKING
• Leave the M25 at Junction 7 and follow the signs for the A23 to Croydon. • The A23 bears left at Thornton Heath roundabout. • Take the fourth exit (A235) before an immediate left turn into Brigstock Road (B266). • Continue past Thornton Heath station on your left and bear right on to the High Street. • At the next mini-roundabout (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) turn left into Whitehorse Lane. • Now continue until you see the ground on your right.
From the North:
• Drivers arriving from the North are advised to follow the M1, taking the exit towards to A40 and Wembley. • Merge onto the North Circular Road heading West. • Take the A404 for three miles. • Turn right on to the A219 and follow it until you get to the A40. • Head east and take the second exit at the roundabout (A3220). • Stay on the A3220 until you reach the kings Road. • Turn left onto the A3217 take second turning on the right over the Thames (Battersea Bridge). • You are on the A3220. Follow it until you reach a T-junction with the A3. • Turn left and then first right on to the South Circular road. • At the junction of the A23, turn right and drive for one and a half miles. • Turn left on to the A214 at the crossroads turn right on to the A215. • Drive for two miles, then at the lights turn right to reach Selhurst Park.
Streets around the ground are either designated as residents-only parking on matchdays, or pay and display with a four-hour limit at 60p per hour. Please take note of any street signs advising of parking restrictions. There are a limited amount of streets that are not pay and display – these include St Mary’s Road and Sangley Road.
Understandably these get very busy on matchdays.
There are private car parks in the local area on matchdays.
Justpark.com also provide pre-bookable parking spaces in close proximity to the stadium. These are available in the 'Offers' section.
The closest train stations to the ground are Selhurst and Thornton Heath, which are all served by regular connections from London Victoria station.
Norwood junction, which is a 10-15 minute walk to Selhurst Park, is served by trains from East Croydon, London Bridge, Gatwick Airport, as well as limited service from Victoria.
On Saturday, engineering work is taking place at London Bridge closing some lines.
No Southern trains will run to or from London Bridge to Norwood Junction or Thornton Heath/Selhurst.
Additionally on Saturday, trains between London Bridge and Horsham are diverted to run between London Victoria and Horsham.
Passengers travelling to the game are encouraged to travel via London Victoria to Norwood Junction or London Victoria to Thornton Heath.
London Overground services between Canada Water and Norwood Junction are also available.
Passengers to/from Beckenham Junction should travel to/from East Croydon and then by Tramlink to/from Beckenham Junction.
Do not make the mistake of going to Crystal Palace station as it is a long way from the ground.
The following bus routes run past Selhurst Park:
468 – Elephant & Castle to South Croydon X68 – Russell Square to West Croydon 75 – Lewisham to Croydon Fairfield Halls 157 – Crystal Palace to Morden 50 – Stockwell to West Croydon 250 – Brixton to Fairfield Halls 198 – Shrublands to Thornton Heath High Street
From Selhurst station walk up Selhurst Road and turn left into Park Road.
From Norwood Junction station walk up Station Road turn left into Selhurst Road then right into Park Road. The Arthur Wait Stand is on Park Road and the away gates are at the far end.
Everton Supporters will be seated in the Arthur Wait Stand, entrances R-T.
There is an away fans' enquiries window on Park Road. Opening times: 9am until 30 minutes after kick-off.
FOOD AND DRINK
A number of restaurants and pubs are situated around 10-20 minutes’ walk from Selhurst Park. Food and drink is also available inside the ground.
To enjoy Everton's Barclays Premier League match against Crystal Palace on Saturday 31st January, premium Thai lager brand and Everton sponsor - Chang Beer - is offering football fans a foodie treat, with discounts on delicious Thai meals in London.
Warm up for the big match with a range of spicy, aromatic Thai foods and wash it all down with a crisp, cool, refreshing Chang before or after the game at any of the below participating restaurants. Each restaurant is offering 10 per cent off the total food bill to all Everton football match ticket holders.
Everton Football Club does not condone the use of pyrotechnics whatsoever those found using them either home or away will be subject of action by the Club and the Police. Being convicted of using them could also result in a jail sentence that is how seriously the matter is being treated by courts across the country. As a Club we would also impose an indefinite ban on anyone caught using pyrotechnics. Apart from the risk of a ban or conviction the devices have a serious effect on others, particularly those with breathing difficulties and the disabled in wheelchairs who cannot easily get away from the smoke.
During the season 2015/16, we have noticed an increase of persistent group “bouncing”, culminating in beer being thrown in the air. This has happened on both home and away concourses and would stress has only involved a very small minority of fans.
This has resulted in both the Club and the Police receiving complaints from supporters who have become soaked in beer. As we are sure you will agree this is anti-social behaviour and people should not have to put up with this. As a consequence, both the Club, Merseyside Police and supporter’s groups have discussed how this should be addressed.
Firstly, both the Club and the Police want to make it clear that we want ALL our supporters to enjoy their day and we understand that this may include singing and an element of “bouncing” as a group.
However, a decision has been made that should home or away fans participate in the throwing of alcohol in any area of the stadium, they will be dealt with by Match Day Stewards with the full support of Merseyside Police Officers. This could culminate with an ejection from the ground or potentially an arrest, dependent on the specific circumstances. This season, you will see more stewards and Police Officers on the concourse, who will provide early advice should a situation look like it is getting out of control.
Please continue to enjoy the match but we ask that you also consider other supporters and how they will be affected by your behavior and we ask for your support in this.
Everton Official Club Contact for this fixture
Club Supporter Liaison Officer Rachel Meikle, will be available to help with any queries on the day of the fixture up until Kick Off via Email: [email protected]
A team of Everton stewards will also be in operation at the Stadium of Light and are on hand to help with any issues that arise on the day of the game.