Both teams need a win here. Everton is seven points back of sixth-place Manchester United. To have any hope of catching them and their European spot, the club needs to start racking up wins in a hurry. Crystal Palace is outside of the relegation zone on goal differential alone. Obviously, they could do with a little breathing room.
The Eagles are a tough team to figure out. It’s clear that they can score goals, even with Wilifried Zaha away on international duty. Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke and Jason Puncheon are a dangerous three-headed attack that has helped Palace scored 30 league goals this season, tied for the eighth-most in the Prem.
It’s the defense and the 40 goals they have allowed that are the Eagles problem. In the league, they haven’t won since December 3rd. Over that time, they have three points from seven games.
Everton, on the other hand, are on a bit of a roll. Excluding that farce of a match against Leicester in the FA Cup, the team has taken 10 points from four games, including an impressive 4-0 beating of Manchester City last week. Ronald Koeman’s effect on the team seems to be in full swing. They are the “in-form” side, but of course that doesn’t always matter.
Date and start time: Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. EST/7:00 a.m. WST/3:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Selhurst Park, London, England
Weather: 37°F/3°C, sunny, 4% chance of rain, 5 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: CNBC - United States; not listed - United Kingdom
Radio: BBC Radio, TalkSport Radio
Live stream: NBC Sports Live Extra, evertonTV, Palace Player HD
Starting XI - Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Tomkins, Schlupp, Cabaye, McArthur, Puncheon, Remy, Benteke
Bench - Speroni, Kelly, Lee, Ledley, Flamini, Townsend, Kaikai
Starting XI - Robles, Baines, Funes Mori, Williams, Holgate, Coleman, Barry, Davies, Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku
Bench - Stekelenburg, Schneiderlin, Jagielka, McCarthy, Valencia, Oviedo, Lookman