Everton host Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime as the Premier League begins its reshuffled scheduled amid the new winter break.
The top-flight’s Gameweek 26 will be split over the next two weekends with four teams in action on Saturday and Sunday and rest playing next week.
Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form Everton take on struggling Palace to kick things off and talkSPORT will have all the action from Merseyside exclusively live.
Everton are undefeated in their last four outings and beat Watford with Theo Walcott’s 90th-minute winner last Saturday.
Palace, meanwhile, have not won since Boxing Day and lost to Sheffield United last time out following Vincente Guaita’s calamitous own goal.
This fixture ended in a goalless draw in August but talkSPORT will be on hand this weekend to see who will claim a vital victory at Goodison.
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Everton vs Crystal Palace: How to listen
The Premier League clash will get underway at 12:30pm on Saturday, February 8.
Full commentary from Goodison Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.
Reshmin Chowdhury will bring you all the build-up before handing over to Sam Matterface and Stuart Pearce for our live and exclusive commentary.
To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.
You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.
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Everton vs Crystal Palace: What has been said?
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti: “It is difficult to change the mentality and the character.
“The work I’ve done is to make the players comfortable when they play, to give them an idea and strong motivation.
“This is my job, honestly I am not able to change the character of the people.
“Of course to play in the Europa League could be a fantastic result for us for the next season but this is the target.
“Chelsea is too far in this moment, maybe in the next three or four games they could be closer to us but the fact there are a lot of fantastic teams means our target has to be the Europa League.”
Everton vs Crystal Palace: Match stats
- Everton are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (W4 D6), keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three.
- Four of Crystal Palace’s five Premier League wins against Everton have been at Goodison Park (80%), though their last win there was in September 2014. At no side have they won more Premier League away games as they have against the Toffees (also 4 vs Leicester).
- After losing eight of their last 11 Premier League games under Marco Silva (W2 D1), Everton have lost just one of their last 10 under Duncan Ferguson/Carlo Ancelotti (W5 D4). Indeed, only Liverpool (30) have won more points over their last 10 Premier League games than Everton (19).
- Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games (D6 L3), with the Eagles winless in six since beating West Ham in December (D4 L2).
- Crystal Palace are without a clean sheet in nine Premier League games, the longest current run in the competition. However, the Eagles have only conceded more than once in two of those nine games.
- Everton have scored a league-high 61% of their Premier League goals in the first half of games this season (19/31). Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have scored the lowest ratio before half-time (23%), with just five of their 22 goals coming in the opening 45 minutes.
- Crystal Palace have had fewer shots on target than any other Premier League side this season (77). Their rate of 3.1 shots on target per game is the Eagles’ lowest in a single campaign in the competition that we have on record (since 1997-98).
- The average age of Crystal Palace’s starting XI in the Premier League this season is 29y 230d, the oldest in the competition in 2019-20. The Eagles are the only side yet to start a player under the age of 23 this term, with Jairo Riedewald their youngest starter (23y 98d).
- Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the highest Premier League goalscorer this season among players who haven’t provided a single assist so far (10).
- Theo Walcott 90th minute winner in Everton’s last game against Watford was his first goal in 18 Premier League games this season – he last scored in consecutive league games in August 2018.
Everton vs Crystal Palace: Line-ups
Everton midfielder Fabian Delph is suspended following his red card against Watford last weekend.
Andre Gomes could return later this month having made a brilliant recovery from a serious ankle injury.
Crystal Palace loanee Cenk Tosun is ineligible to face his parent club while Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp are still out.
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