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Two sides with 100% records meet, something’s gotta give

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Live Blog

There’s the final whistle! Everton with three straight wins to start the season, for the first time in 27 years!!

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90+3’ - DCL doing very well winning two niggly fouls, running down the clock.

90’- Richarlison going off now, Tom Davies is on. We’ll have 4 minutes added on.
Davies promptly gives it away just outside his own half. Never change Tom. Meanwhile, Iwobi has had about five touches and every single one has been a give away. Come on man.

87’ - Former Blue James McCarthy brings down Sigurdsson deep on the left, outswinger from Digne is cleared. Iwobi gives the ball away and Zaha tries to break away, but Allan pulls him down smartly. Hoofed into the box, and Pickford eventually falls on it.

84’ - Coleman wins a corner off Mitchell, James to curl it in, Guaita gets fists on it and clears. James will be going off with Alex Iwobi coming on.

82’ - Calvert-Lewin doing yeoman’s work holding up the ball on his own, Richarlison gets the ball and nutmegs Townsend who then yanks him down out of frustration.
Christian Benteke on for Jordan Ayew.
Digne’s freekick into the box, cleared and Allan comes steaming in and volleys it.. up up and away, and apparently off the big screen!

75’ - Michy Batshuayi is on for Eze. Still no changes from Ancelotti., no wait! Andre Gomes off for Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Gylfi almost immediately in the thick of it, has a shooting chance and tries to play DCL in instead, deflected and the striker gets a boot on it but it goes safely to Guaita.

72’ - Eze with another freekick from the Everton right, and Kouyate wins a corner on the opposite side.
Townsend inswinger, Gomes first man clearance. Everton are just sitting back now and being pulled every which way.

70’ - Mina slips and falls and now gives away a freekick in another dangerous area, just outside the box on the right this time. Eze standing over it, taken short to Zaha and he crosses into the box, cleared.
Now Zaha cuts and shoots, straight into DCL’s abdomen. Replay shows it going off part of the arm too? Surely that is a penalty? Friend says now, doesn’t go to review it.

66’ - Nice move there between Richarlison and Digne, the Frenchman curls in a cross and James tries to hit it first time, blocked for a corner. Taken quickly, and wasted.

64’ - All Palace right now, with Everton not really looking like they have a plan now besides containing the hosts. Can expect substitutions soon.
Now Mina concedes a foul in the same spot Digne did a few minutes ago. Gives away a dangerous freekick for Townsend to curl into the box. Deep to the far post and Kouyate does get a head to it, bounces down and into the side netting, with Doucoure failing to get off the ground.

62’ - Ward wins a corner on the Everton left, Townsend hits it deep and this time Pickford attacks it, parrying it away to clear.
Deflected cross into the box skims through the six-yard box and lucky for the Blues there was no one to take advantage.

60’ - First Gomes then Richarlison both foul Townsend and it’s the Brazilian who goes into the book, the first for Everton.

58’ - Rain pouring down, and the commentator tells us that Joel Ward has been booked for clattering Richarlison.

55’ - Digne wins a corner off Kouyate. James to curl it outwards, DCL to it first but blocked by a defender and now Palace try to break, but Doucoure and Digne clear the danger.

50’ - Everton corner, James drives it low into the box and DCL attacks it, mishits it and goes wide, that was a chance.
Now Palace win a corner that Eze gets his head to, but balloons it over.

49’ - Now Allan brings down Eze who was waltzing past him, freekick from nearly 30 yards out. Eze might curl it towards the back post.. Kouyate climbs all over Gomes and foul given.

48’ - Digne concedes a foul in line with the box on the left. Townsend curls it into the box, a not fully-convincing punch from Pickford, but it’s cleared.

46’ - Palace get us underway in the second half.

Halftime Thoughts - The Blues have been good value for the lead, though Palace have played well too. The zonal marking on setpieces is going to come up for conversation and expect the hosts to keep focusing on that. But once again, VAR steals the show, though to me the first was not a penalty, the second was.

Halftime Stats
Premier League

45+4’ - Halftime whistle from Kevin Friend, with the Blues ahead 2-1.

45+2’ - James takes advantage of a giveaway and runs at goal, about to shoot just outside the box and is tripped by McArthur, who gets a yellow.
Freekick from a very dangerous central area.. should be James and he gets it over the wall but not enough power and Guaita can run across and gather.

37’ - James with a lovely diagonal finds Digne in the box, he heads it down and off Ward’s lower forearm, with his arm well away from the body, and Friend ignores it!
VAR advises the ref to take a look for himself on the pitchside monitor, that was pretty blatant. Friend gives a penalty!
Richarlison steps up to take.. slows his run up, and then hits it midheight to his left, GOAL! Guaita dives the right way, but it’s too high for him. Ward is still complaining and lucky not to get booked yet.

35’ - Poor giveaways from Allan and then Doucoure allow Palace to move forward. Need to tighten up a bit here.

33’ - Palace’s McMidfield are snapping into tackles, and now both McArthur and McCarthy are one foul away from a booking.

29’ - Mina now gives away a corner on the other side. Into the box again, but cleared and Everton break. James finds Richarlison streaking away, but a poor first touch allows defenders to regroup.
The Brazilian twists and turns, and then shoots and it appears to go off Ward’s arm and for a corner, shouts for a penalty. VAR says no penalty, though that did clearly hit below the ‘t-shirt line’, from almost point-blank distance.

26’ - Townsend marked closely by Allan on the Everton left, but wins a corner. It’s low into the box, Pickford nowhere near to claim it and Kouyate heads in, 1-1 now. Keane couldn’t reach it, and Richarlison had lost his man on that. No chance for Pickford on the header.

22’ - Zaha and Mina tangle in the middle on a Palace break, and Friend straightaway shows the Palace captain a yellow. Didn’t look like much honestly.

19’ - Poor clearance from Sakho wins the Blues their first corner. They take it short though and it eventually fizzles out.

16’ - Digne clears for a corner to Palace. Townsend to swing it in, goes for the back post to likely knock it back into the middle like they have done in the past, but it’s too deep.
Now Ward finds Zaha in the box with his back to goal, he turns and shoots but blocked by Coleman.

10’ - GOAL! What a sweet flowing move! Coleman passes to Doucoure, who finds James inside, his one-time right-footed pass finds Coleman behind the lines, and his cutback is perfect.. all DCL had to do was tap it past Guaita.

Mesmerizing is right.

9’ - Keane(!) drives forward and finds Coleman wide, his cross is met by Doucoure but his pass/shot across the box is collected by Guaita.

6’ - Townsend can get a cross in but Mina gets to it before Zaha, and Pickford collects

2’ - A bit of confusion in the Everton backline allows Eze to nip in and Mina has to put it out for a corner which is cleared. Ref blows for a foul on the hosts in the Everton box.

1’ - Richarlison gets us underway here after the minute’s silence for the police officer killed in the line of duty yesterday in Croydon, and then a knee for the Black Lives Matter movement. Kevin Friend is our referee today.

Everton are in their yellow away kit, a nod to their School of Science years in the 60s.

Lineups are out! No changes for Ancelotti.

Preview

Everton are off to a flying start, four wins in four games across the Premier League and the Carabao Cup, and a somewhat difficult trip upcoming today to Crystal Palace. The London side are riding just as high as the Blues are, having dismantled Manchester United 3-1 at Old Trafford last weekend.

The Blues have been humming along, consecutive 5-2 wins showing that while there’s room for improvement in the backline, the attack is firing on at least a couple of cylinders with more likely to come.

Carlo Ancelotti will be relieved to see his side come through unscathed through the last round of fixtures, and most likely will keep the same XI on the pitch as last weekend. His counterpart Roy Hodgson is well pleased with how his Palace side has been playing early on, and they will to maintain their 100% record too.

Match Details

Competition: Premier League Matchday 3

Date and start time: Saturday, September 27th at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST

Stadium: Selhurst Park. London, England, United Kingdom

Capacity: 25,546

Weather: 54°F/12°C, showers, 19% chance of precipitation, 19 mph winds

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Lineups

Everton

Crystal Palace

Last Meeting

It’s been some time since the Blues scored more than once in this fixture, but if there was ever a time for Everton to grab some goals, today must be it. The last time they met was at Goodison Park in early February before COVID-19 halted play, and late goals for the Blues lifted the hosts to a 3-1 win.

The last fixture at Selhurst Park ended in a 0-0 draw, to open the 2019-20 season, the second consecutive stalemate at Palace after an April 2019 draw as well.