MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@Mark_Scott_: Both sides will have a spring in their step after cracking wins last weekend.
Palace had another enjoyable away day, but their form at Selhurst Park contradicts the regular comments about it being a tough place to go.
With safety now mathematically confirmed, wins from their remaining fixtures would also ensure the Eagles’ best ever Premier League points total.
Everton’s mauling of Manchester United continued their excellent recent run at Goodison Park. However, they previously followed up an impressive home victory over Arsenal with a flat performance at already-relegated Fulham.
Finishing seventh would probably represent a satisfactory season for the Toffees and, with Watford facing Wolves, a win will ensure they overtake at least one of those teams in the battle for that position.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on whether player motivation will be an issue now they are safe from relegation: “I don’t think it will, because of who they are. They are a serious group and a group that is used to needing to fight.
“I don’t see characters who might show complacency in terms of knocking off what we have been doing. The games will prove me right or wrong, but I don’t fear it.”
Everton manager Marco Silva: “I can see really good quality in Palace’s team, top players in their attack line who can decide the game in one moment.
“Selhurst Park is a tough place to play and, in my opinion, a good place to play.
“It is up to us to do our best and if we reach our best level we can win the match. We have three more matches and must keep fighting and proving our quality.”
I think this will be an open game, which will suit Palace, but if Everton play with the sort of tempo they showed against United, they will make life difficult for them.
- Everton are unbeaten in eight meetings since a 3-2 home defeat in September 2014 (W4, D4).
- Crystal Palace have won only one of nine previous Premier League home matches against Everton and scored just five goals.
- Crystal Palace have alternated between victory (five) and defeat (four) in their last nine Premier League games.
- The Eagles have scored in 14 of their 15 league matches in 2019, including all seven at Selhurst Park.
- Roy Hodgson’s side have kept a clean sheet in all four of their home league wins this season.
- Only Huddersfield have earned fewer top-flight points at home in 2018-19 than Palace, who have 16.
- Wilfried Zaha is one goal shy of reaching double figures for the first time in a Premier League season.
- Christian Benteke scored his first league goal of the season last week – he has not scored in back-to-back appearances since April 2017.
- Everton have won four of their past five league games, as many victories as they achieved in their previous 17.
- The Toffees have kept a clean sheet in six of their last eight league matches.
- They have won just one of their past 12 Premier League away games in London (D3, L8).
- Gylfi Sigurdsson has been involved in seven league goals against Crystal Palace, with three goals and four assists.
- Marco Silva has lost both of his Premier League matches as a manager at Selhurst Park: 0-4 with Hull and 1-2 with Watford, both in 2017.