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Silva wary of depleted Palace

Everton boss not taking Sunday’s struggling visitors lightly

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Silva is on the verge of three straight wins
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Everton manager Marco Silva says his side will not underestimate a beleaguered Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Eagles’ top scorer and star man, Wilfried Zaha, will be assessed after sustaining a thigh problem on international duty, while striker Christian Benteke is definitely out.

Meanwhile, Max Meyer and Alexander Sørloth are having trouble with viruses, and Joel Ward and Jonny Williams will definitely join Benteke on the sidelines.

Roy Hodgson’s men, 14th, also have only two league this victories season and have not won a match without Zaha since September 2016.

But Silva praised Sunday’s visitors in his pre-match press conference this afternoon, saying:

“We have to work really hard to achieve a third win in a row. It’s a tough game. We have to respect our opponent; in the counter attack they are very strong.”

“We have to play in our best level. We have to make sure we are strong and keep more of the ball and possession. Always at our best level, and always balanced controlling the game.”

Following the impressive 2-1 win at Leicester a fortnight ago, excitement is building among Evertonians about the team’s growing attacking options.

Gylfi Sigurðsson is in his best form since joining the Blues last summer, while Brazilians Richarlison and Bernard are both fan favourites already despite only being at the club for a few months.

On the trio, Silva added:

“It is really important for me to see what they did; everybody is happy with this situation. It is important they enjoy what they are doing too and they are.

“The players did well and it is up to us to continue in this way and get better every time. We have to find solutions to score and win the match.”

Silva also spoke glowingly about the impact the Goodison faithful can have on the team’s performance, and hopes they will continue to get behind his new side this weekend:

“It’s important for our fans to feel the connection with the squad and then some of our players. They have to enjoy what they are seeing on the pitch because with them behind us we’ll be stronger for sure.”