For the first time in the early goings of the 2016-17 Premier League season, Everton will be coming off of a loss. Last week, they fell to Bournemouth in a disappointing 1-0 result at the Vitality Stadium. Today, they host Crystal Palace, a team that has gotten 10 points from their last four games but, like Everton, have yet to succeed against top-level competition.
The two meetings between these clubs a year ago ended in a pair of draws. First, goals from Romelu Lukaku and Scott Dann in December forced a deadlock. Then, the rematch in April was a scoreless draw after James McCarthy got sent off with a second yellow in the 52nd minute.
Yannick Bolasie, a key man for the Eagles last year, has come over to Everton. At times, he has looked dangerous, creating chances for Lukaku in the middle. He would surely like to net his first goal in an Everton shirt against his old club.
Date and start time: Friday, September 30 at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. WST/8 p.m. BST
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
Weather: 53°F/12°C, partly cloudy, 4% chance of rain, 5 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: USA Network - United States
Sky Sports 2, NOW TV - United Kingdom
Radio: EvertonFC.com Match Centre, BBC Radio
Live stream: NBC Sports Live Extra, Sky GO
Starting XI - Stekelenburg, Oviedo, Williams, Jagielka (c), Coleman, Gueye, Barry, Cleverley, Barkley, Bolasie, Lukaku.
Bench - Joel, Mirallas, Lennon, Valencia, Funes Mori, Davies, Holgate.
Starting XI - Mandanda, Ward, Delaney, Tomkins, Kelly, Ledley, McArthur, Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend, Benteke
Bench - Hennessey, Fryers, Flamini, Cabaye, Lee, Wickham, Campbell