It is an extremely different situation to the build-up of Everton's trip to Crystal Palace to when the Eagles made the opposite journey following the Blues' dominating win over Arsenal to put themselves in pole position to finish fourth two season ago. Back then manager Roberto Martinez had nearly 40,000 Toffees singing about him 'having a dream' - present day there are as many calling for his head.
Martinez and his side will be heading down to Selhurst Park without captain Phil Jagielka at their disposal following the defender suffering a hamstring injury in the draw at Watford. Another casualty from that game was Tom Cleverley; who is being rated 50-50 to be fit enough for Wednesday after getting a knock. Ross Barkley came off with a knee injury during the game at Vicarage Road but is still expected to start. Both Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar are reported to have 'knocks' and remain doubtful.
The hosts are without Brede Hangeland and Marouane Chamakh with a knock and groin injury, respectively. Emmanuel Adebayor also has a knock and is ruled out of the clash. Another out for Alan Pardew's side is James McArthur, who has been on the treatment table with an ankle and foot injury.