Fulltime Thoughts - Everton were the better side clearly, but are lacking that extra bit of quality that it takes to unlock sides that pack the defence. It’s something we’ve heard before, and will continue to hear as the Blues head into the summer transfer window.
Meanwhile, Wolves have beaten Watford 2-1 and that almost ends the race for seventh place and the Europa League.
90+3’ - Zaha wins a corner off Keane. Milivojevic sends it in, cleared by Coleman. This will end up as a draw, 0-0 the final score.
90’ - Lee Mason has added three minutes, but with Kouyate on the ground that should be another minute at least.
89’ - Digne hits the post! His cross deflects off Wan-Bissaka, swings in over Guaita and hits the upright and bounces out!
86’ - The last sub is Theo Walcott, on for Gylfi Sigurdsson; surprising because the Icelander has had a good game.
84’ - Ademola Lookman is now on, replacing Bernard. It was his cross in the first leg that allowed DCL to open the scoring late on.
81’ - Blues just setting up outside the Palace box looking for that opening. More shots blocked, another corner.
Digne’s low cross is cleared, Everton keep up the pressure.
77’ - Guaita with a great save! Tosun with a magnificent improvised backheel, goalie with lightning quick reactions.
74’ - Cheikhou Kouyate now in the book, clatters Richarlison who had gone around him.
71’ - Cenk Tosun will be the first sub, with DCL coming off. For the hosts Andros Townsend is on, replacing Meyer.
66’ - More misplaced passes, more half-chances, story of Everton’s afternoon so far.
59’ - Another nice move just outside the box, and DCL looks to find Coleman instead of shooting, cleared for a corner.
Sigurdsson takes.. somewhat cleared away, ping pongs around before Schneiderlin’s attempt is wayward and wide.
56’ - Sigurdsson puts Richarlison through on the right, Patrick van Aanholt slides in and gets the ball and the Brazilian tumbles over. Corner, no penalty, Lee Mason makes the right call.
53’ - Nice spell of possession for the Blues ends with a good shot from Bernard, and he fires it through Wan-Bissaka’s legs and onto the post with the goalie beaten!
46’ - Palace start the second half on the front foot, winning a corner and then hitting the side netting again.
Ball played back to Pickford, but it stops dead against the wind and the goalie has to scramble to clear.
Halftime Thoughts - Everton have fashioned a number of chances, but are either missing the killer last pass, the finishing has been wayward, or else the shots have been from distance. The wind has certainly played a part here, but this looks very much like the first leg of this fixture back at Goodison earlier in the season (see ‘Last Meeting’ section at the bottom of the page).
Meanwhile, in other fixtures, Wolves lead Watford 1-0 at the half and this puts them in the driver’s seat and running away in the race for seventh.
45’ - Michael Keane with a poor giveaway, then stands still to watch Zaha blow by him. Luckily Zaha dives more than he does anything else and Richarlison can nick the ball away.
38’ - Everton lining up to shoot, Bernard’s attempt blocked and Gueye fires off an excellent shot but Guaita saves well.
Richarlison steals the ball along the touchline and sprints away, his cross is too strong and though DCL flings himself at it, no contact.
35’ - Coleman chases a lost cause and is able to get in an excellent cross into the middle, but DCL’s header is aimless and over.
30’ - Meyer has provided a handful for Coleman so far, and wins a freekick off the veteran deep down the Everton right. Short freekick sequence is smothered by the Blues.
Palace are waking up again, seeing more of the ball.
27’ - Ball goes off DCL’s face for Palace’s first corner, but that’s cleared away.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka shows why he’s so highly-rated, beats Gueye then skins Bernard before swinging in an excellent cross.
24’ - Another corner now, Everton’s fourth. Digne to take, it’s low again and somewhat cleared away. Palace look to break but Gueye nips that in the bud.
18’ - All Blues right now, as Everton are finding it hard to get the final ball in with the Eagles massing ranks in their own box.
16’ - More half-chances for the Blues, Seamus Coleman’s cross into the box is somewhat cleared away, Sigurdsson’s shot is blocked from close range.
Is the wind going to play a part today? Sigurdsson’s corner is taken as the ball was being blown off the quadrant!
14’ - Gueye’s shot from the right side of the box is blocked for Everton’s first corner. Digne to take, low corner flicked on by Richarlison but it’s cleared.
10’ - Luka Milivojevic goes studs-up on Kurt Zouma, and Lee Mason flashes the first yellow card of the game.
Everton have been quite irresponsible with the ball so far, giving it away too cheaply in the middle.
8’ - Another poor giveaway by Palace and DCL wastes the chance again instead of shooting at first sight, he tries to prod it past the last man and it’s cleared. The fans who wanted Cenk Tosun today are getting a lot of ammo early.
5’ - Fantastic ball from Pickford finds Dominic Calvert-Lewin deep, but he loses the ball in his feet and scuffs a shot right at Guaita.
2’ - Poor giveaway gives Christian Benteke a chance one-on-one on Jordan Pickford, but he’s offside.
Morgan Schneiderlin had conceded a freekick before that, ends up with a Max Meyer shot into the side netting when he really should have crossed into the middle. All Palace early on.
1’ - Idrissa Gueye gets us started on a windy, cloudy day at Selhurst Park.
Starting lineups - The Blues are unchanged from last week as Richarlison has been passed fit to play despite his rib injury.
Everton have just three games to play in the season and are two points off of seventh place. There is still a chance that ending up in that spot could land a spot in the Europa League qualifiers next season, so every point still counts.
The Blues (49 pts) will have to take care of business on their own end while hoping Wolverhampton (51 pts) and Watford FC (50 pts) ahead of them falter, and with the pair playing each other and Leicester City (48 pts) lurking, it’s a pretty open race.
This Saturday sees a game away at Selhurst Park where the Toffees have fared well in recent years, and with Palace stuttering badly at home this is a good opportunity for Everton to come out strong and secure three points.
Last weekend’s thumping win over Manchester United will have filled the side with confidence, but that’s what we said after beating Chelsea and Arsenal and then promptly laying an egg at Fulham, so let’s see what Saturday brings.
The Eagles will be relieved to have secured Premier League safety after a good win away at Arsenal last weekend, but Roy Hodgson’s side will be wanting to correct their poor home record as well.
Date and start time: Saturday, April 27th at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Selhurst Park, London, England, United Kingdom
Weather: 52°F/11°C, cloudy, 1% chance of precipitation, 23 mph winds
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Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Zouma, Keane, Coleman; Gueye, Schneiderlin; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, McCarthy, Walcott, Lookman, Tosun
Starting XI: Guaita, van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Dann, Meyer, Kouyate, Zaha, McArthur, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Benteke
Subs: Hennessey, Ward, Riedewald, Townsend, Sako, Ayew, Batshuayi
Everton rode their luck in the first leg at Goodison Park, seeing a Cheikhou Kouyate header go off the woodwork in the first half, and then Jordan Pickford saved a Luka Milivojevic penalty in the second half, before two late goals in the dying minutes from subs Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun settled it 2-0.
The last time the Blues were in London at Selhurst Park, David Unsworth was still in his caretaker stint after the sacking of Ronald Koeman last season. That game ended 2-2 in an entertaining affair. James MacArthur had given the hosts the lead in the first minute, but Leighton Baines pulled one back from the spot just minutes after. Wilfried Zaha then scored again before Oumar Niasse pulled one back at the stroke of halftime. That contentious penalty will be long-remembered as the one that got the Senegalese forward suspend for simulation; unsurprisingly enough, no other player in the Premier League has since received the same scrutiny or disciplinary sanctions.