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May 19, 2022 at 7.45pm UK at Goodison Park
Everton
3 - 2
Crystal Palace
Keane (54'), Richarlison (75'), Calvert-Lewin (85')
Keane (67'), Doucoure (82')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Mateta (21'), Ayew (36')
Hughes (32'), Ayew (34'), Zaha (69')

Preview: Everton vs. Crystal Palace - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Premier League clash between Everton and Crystal Palace, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Having tried and failed miserably to confirm their Premier League safety at the weekend, Everton's final home game of the season takes place on Thursday evening, with Crystal Palace making the journey to Goodison Park.

Frank Lampard's side fell to pieces in a 3-2 loss to Brentford on Sunday, while the Eagles were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa.


Match preview

Everton manager Frank Lampard celebrates their first goal on April 9, 2022© Reuters

While Everton fans were busy letting off fireworks outside the Brentford team hotel at 3.30am in the morning, the Bees made sparks fly on the pitch, as Everton ended the game with zero points and nine men after a five-goal classic.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison both struck for the Toffees in a first half that also saw Jarrad Branthwaite shown a 16th-minute red card and Seamus Coleman's own goal handing Brentford a lifeline, but two quickfire headers from Rico Henry and Yoane Wissa turned the game on its head before Salomon Rondon's dreadful challenge and subsequent sending off.

However, with Leeds United and Burnley both failing to win at the weekend as well, 16th-placed Everton would ensure that they could not be caught by the Whites with all three points on Thursday evening before a trip to Arsenal on the final day.

A four-game unbeaten run on home soil came to an abrupt end for Everton against Thomas Frank's side, but they are now 90 minutes away from salvaging their top-flight status, and defeat to Brentford represents just a second loss in seven for Lampard's men.

Furthermore, not since January 2015 have the Merseyside outfit lost a Premier League game on a Thursday - winning three and drawing four since - and Palace travel to Goodison Park with far less on the line than their survival-scrapping hosts.

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira applauds fans after the match on March 5, 2022© Reuters

On the back of being nominated for the Premier League's Manager of the Season award, Patrick Vieira extended his side's unbeaten run in the top flight to four matches at Villa Park, but the Eagles left it late to salvage a result.

Ollie Watkins's brute strength allowed him to get on the end of Lucas Digne's cross and poke home the opener in the 69th minute, but Jeffrey Schlupp was in the right place at the right time to equalise with nine minutes to go for the resilient Eagles.

At first glance, 13th-placed Palace are enjoying a simple stroll to the finish line, but while it is still mathematically possible for Vieira's men to push for a top-half finish, the Frenchman will not allow his side to put their feet up just yet.

Vieira's young squad also travel to Goodison Park having suffered only two defeats from their last nine Premier League away matches, and the prospect of completing a first-ever league double over Everton is certainly a realistic one given their recent travails.

Indeed, Everton were thumped 4-0 by Palace in the FA Cup two months ago following a 3-1 Premier League win back in December, but Lampard's reinvigorated side fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table will prove a different kettle of fish at Goodison.

Everton Premier League form:
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  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L

Crystal Palace Premier League form:
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D

Crystal Palace form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D


Team News

 Crystal Palace's Michael Olise reacts, January 23, 2022© Reuters

Everton duo Branthwaite and Rondon will serve suspensions this week owing to their red cards against Brentford, so Lampard will be desperate to have Michael Keane back in the fold to cover for the former.

Nathan Patterson, Andros Townsend, Fabian Delph and Yerry Mina remain confined to the infirmary, but the duo of Donny van de Beek and Ben Godfrey could force themselves back into contention for their side's final home game.

Andre Gomes was given the nod in midfield alongside Abdoulaye Doucoure last time out, but Allan and Tom Davies will both have their eyes on starting roles in midweek.

Meanwhile, Palace will be forced to cope without starlet Michael Olise for the remainder of the season owing to his recent knock - joining Nathan Ferguson on the long-term absentee list after his recent setback.

James McArthur's calf strain may not let up until the final-day meeting with Manchester United, while James Tomkins is also out, and Vieira has no reason to take unnecessary risks over his players' fitness at this stage.

Schlupp is certainly pushing for a return to the first XI after coming up with the goods at Villa Park, which could see Eberechi Eze drop back down to the bench.

Cheikhou Kouyate will also be spoken to by the club after appearing to show support for Idrissa Gueye's refusal to play for Paris Saint-Germain while they were sporting LGBTQ+ rainbow colours, but there is nothing to suggest that the Senegal international will not be involved here.

Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane; Iwobi, Allan, Doucoure, Mykolenko; Gordon, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Kouyate, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Zaha, Mateta


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We say: Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Palace are the Premier League's stalemate specialists with a whopping 15 draws already this season, and it would not be a surprise to see a similarly tight contest on the Goodison turf.

Everton's recent defensive implosion and hefty injury list has hampered their bid to secure survival early, and Vieira's side have what it takes to keep the Toffees at bay for large portions and force them to do it the hard way at the Emirates.

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