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Everton - Crystal Palace
Premier League - 8 February 2020
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FULL-TIME: Goals from Bernard, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin move Everton up to seventh in the Premier League; Crystal Palace, still winless this calendar year, remain just six points above the drop zone in 14th.
Miss! Guaita can only parry Richarlison's powerful shot into the path of Calvert-Lewin. But with the goal gaping, he leans back and blazes it over the bar. What a chance and with the form he's in, you would have expected him to bury it.
There will be THREE minutes of added time to play.
- GoalDominic Calvert-LewinEverton
GOAL! Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace (Calvert-Lewin): That will seal it! Richarlison wriggles free of his marker to head Digne's corner onto the post and Calvert-Lewin reacts quickest to bundle it home for his 13th goal of the season.
- OffGylfi SigurdssonEverton
- OnMason HolgateEverton
Everton sub: Mason Holgate, who had made 19th consecutive league appearances before today, replaces Sigurdsson as Ancelotti shores up his defence.
Zaha clips a cross into the box, Dann wins it at the far post but Benteke shoots wide on the turn.
It has been a quiet affair since Everton's second goal, to be honest. Palace win a corner but Mina rises highest to head clear. Hodgson's side have played OK today, but again, haven't done enough in front of goal.
- OffJoel WardCrystal Palace
- OnCheikhou KouyatéCrystal Palace
Palace sub: Another tactical switch up from Hodgson as Cheikhou Kouyate replaces Ward.
Here's the moment Richarlison gave Everton the lead...
Palace need inspiration from somewhere. Andros Townsend has been injured with a hamstring problem but he's on the bench today. Will he get an opportunity?
Everton have gone 4-5-1 now as they search for a killer third goal, as Calvert-Lewin sees his shot blocked by Dann.
McArthur could release Zaha if he got his head up and saw the forward free in the box; he doesn't and plays the ball back to Van Aanholt who then overcooks his cross and Everton now have a goal-kick.
- OffJames McCarthyCrystal Palace
- OnMax MeyerCrystal Palace
Crystal Palace: Max Meyer comes on for McCarthy as Hodgson rolls the dice.
- OnTom DaviesEverton
Everton sub: Tom Davies replaces Bernard, who has also picked up an injury.
A fantastic save at the other end! Beautiful close control from Sigurdsson, who slaloms his way through a crowd of bodies in the Palace penalty area before trying to lob the ball over Guaita, but he makes a strong one-handed save to keep Palace in the game.
What a save! Pickford makes amends for his earlier mistake, somehow saving Benteke's bullet header at point-blank range with his chest!
Palace sub: Another blow for the visitors, as Tomkins has picked up a knock and is replaced by Scott Dann. Like-for-like replacement.
GOAL! Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace (Richarlison): It's the perfect response from Everton! A terrific solo goal by Richarlison on the counter-attack. Everton break from their own half, Calvert-Lewin flicks a header into the path of the Brazilian, who embarks on a lung-busting run. Cahill backs off and Richarlison punishes him, drilling the ball into the bottom corner for his 11th goal of the season.
Off the post! Another left off for Everton! The corner delivery slips between the legs of Coleman at the near post, hits Benteke, who knew nothing about it, and smacks against the woodwork.
Palace are on top at the moment; they have the momentum. Zaha forces a corner now, it's delivered into the box where Cahill wins another corner.
1,426 minutes of football. That was how long Benteke had gone without scoring for Palace, who are now on top and threatening a second goal.
It's a scruffy goal for Benteke, but boy did he need that. His last goal came on 21 April 2019 against Arsenal. Pickford is left red-faced.
- GoalChristian BentekeCrystal Palace
GOAL! Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace (Benteke): BENTEKE HAS SCORED! Thirty-four games without a goal, the Belgian has finally ended the drought! Zaha switches the ball into the feet of the forward and his routine shot squirms underneath Pickford and nestles in the back of the net.
Palace have yet to register a shot on target, but that was a nervy moment in the Everton penalty area.
A comedy of errors in the Everton penalty area as Yina makes a mess of his clearance and has to bailed out by his goalkeeper Pickford, who is fouled in the process of punching the ball clear.
- 2nd Half
KICK-OFF: Everton get the second half underway, with no changes in personnel from either side.
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HALF-TIME: Everton have been the better side and deservedly lead at the interval, but the injury to Walcott will be a concern to Ancelotti.
Nice build-up play from Palace, as Zaha leaves Sigurdsson for dead, crossing for Benteke, who lays it off for Van Aanholt, but he gets his first time shot all wrong. So wrong.
There will be three minutes of injury-time to be played at the end of the first half.
No penalty! Chaos in the Everton penalty area. Again Palace go direct, a long ball is pumped into the box for Zaha to run onto. Pickford comes to collect, spills it, and then the Palace forward takes a tumble after contact from Coleman. Referee David Coote isn't interested in the visitors' appeals.
Guaita won't thank his team mate for this: Van Aanholt tries to play it back to his goalkeeper, but with the wind swirling, it's not the best idea. Predictably, the ball falls short and Guaita is forced to rush off his line to clear.
Bernard's goal separates the sides as we approach half time.
Shot! That's better from Palace. They finally go direct, as Benteke knocks it down to McArthur, who rifles the ball high and wide.
Zaha has switched flanks now. He has been out of form for some time now and Palace need more from him.
Zaha, making his 350th appearance for Palace, is frustrated his team didn't take a free-kick quicker; that's the story of their first half performance so far. A lack of urgency.
There isn't any urgency from Palace, who haven't been able to get Benteke on the ball enough. Sometimes you have to do direct, especially when you're struggling for goals and results.
Richarlison, always trying to make things happen, tries to pass through the eye of a needle to find Coleman, but Guaita is off his line to smother it.
Half an hour on the clock and it has been a mixed bag, hasn't it? Ancelotti will be delighted with the score-line, but the loss of Walcott will have pained him. Same old story for Palace, who have created chances but haven't been able to get on the score-sheet.
Close! Coleman's cross is controlled at the back post by Bernard, who whips a teasing ball across the face of goal, but Calvert-Lewin can't quite make the finishing touch, missing his header by inches.
- OffTheo WalcottEverton
- OnDjibril SidibéEverton
Sidibe is now ready to come on.
Walcott has to make the long walk off the pitch - and Sidibe isn't ready to come on yet! Carlo isn't happy. The hosts are temporarily down to 10.
Walcott is down again. He's coming off. Sidibe will be his replacement. This is a huge blow for the Englishman; he had been on a rich vein of form.
Walcott is down with what looks like a hamstring injury. He goes off for some treatment but looks like he's coming back on. Appears OK for now.
This is almost a disaster for Palace. They have scored only 22 goals this season - averaging less than one goal a game - but now they need at least two to win the game. Remember, they are only six points off the drop zone and haven't won this calendar year.
GOAL! Everton 1-0 Crystal Palace (Bernard): This is a lovely goal. Walcott, who scored the winner last week, shows quick feet to get away from his marker before delivering a cross to the back post where Bernard fires the ball past Guaita on the first time volley.
Ayew and Richarlison are down after a clash of heads while challenging a Palace free-kick. Nothing to worry about, however, as both players are fine.
Off the post! Van Aanholt drills a low shot from a tight angle, it takes a deflection off Walcott and smacks the post, with Pickford beaten at his near post. A let off for Everton.
Beneteke moves into a wide position to pick the ball up and drives into the Everton penalty area, using his body well to force the corner from Keane.
- Yellow cardJames McCarthyCrystal Palace
Yellow card! McCarthy lunges in on Digne and goes into the book. It looked bad, but his feet were kept on the ground.
McCarthy, playing against his former club, plays a through ball to Zaha on the left, but can't get the better of Coleman, who comes away with possession.
And now Digne hurts himself after racing back to win the ball cleanly from Ayew, who was leading a Palace counter-attack. He'll be OK in a few minutes, looks like an impact blow.
Save! Digne wraps his foot around the free-kick, it's low and an awkward one for Guaita as the ball bounces in front of him but the Palace goalkeeper does well to push it wide.
A nervous moment in the Palace defence as Cahill, blinded by the sun, takes a heavy touch and is forced to foul Calvert-Lewin. Evertonh have a free-kick 25 yards out.
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF! Palace get the game underway at Goodison Park.
Tyrick Mitchell, 20, is on the bench this afternoon for Palace awaiting his senior debut, but their starting XI today is the club's oldest ever in the top-flight...
Ancelotti: "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."
Only Liverpool have taken more points in the last 10 games than the Toffees.
Head-to-head: 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.
Roll up, roll up: it's the Paper Round!
Theo Walcott has more goals than Benteke this season, having netted a stoppage-time winner in Everton's 3-2 victory over Watford last time out. Under Ancelotti, the Toffees have suffered just one defeat in 10 and after dropping into the relegation zone two months ago, a win would move them a point off fifth place.
Palace have scored just 22 goals in 25 games this season, the lowest tally of any Premier League side. They have now failed to net a first half goal in 20 of their 25 games this season. Hodgson needs to find a way for Benteke, who is yet to score this season, to rediscover his talent - and soon.
Talking about surprises, Palace are unchanged from the side that lost 1-0 to Sheffield United. Roy Hodgson's side haven't won in six matches, and having made such a bright start to the campaign, they are now just six points above the relegation zone.
Carlo Ancelotti makes FOUR changes to the team which came from behind to beat Watford 3-2 last weekend. Michael Keane and Seamus Coleman are restored to defence, while Morgan Schneiderlin - remember him - replaces the suspended Fabian Delph and Bernard comes in for Alex Iwobi in midfield. Mason Holgate is on the bench, which is a surprise, along with Djibril Sidibe.
TEAM NEWS - Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Schneiderlin, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.. subs: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Baines, Sidibe, Davies, Iwobi, Kean. /// Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Ayew, McCarthy, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha, Benteke.. subs: Hennessey, Dann, Mitchell, Riedewald, Kouyate, Meyer, Townsend.
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