Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Everton

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  • Everton leads all-time 17W-13D-11L
  • Palace 2 points behind Toffees
  • Jagielka out for Everton

We’re unsure whether Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew will be channeling Lou Brown’s “winning streak” speech from “Major League”, but the Eagles have stumbling Everton on Wednesday in the lone midweek fixture of the Premier League week (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

It’s a big one for Palace in the sense that chairman Steve Parish said finishing higher than last season is imperative to considering this season a success. Palace finished in 10th with 48 points last season, and is in 16th with 37 right now.

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A win would jump the Eagles over Everton, which is having a poor season outside of the FA Cup. The Toffees have played one less game than the Eagles, and have 16 goals better differential. Still, 14th place is not acceptable at Goodison Park.

While Palace won at Everton last year and drew there earlier this season, the Selhurst Park faithful haven’t seen a home win over the Toffees in their last 4 meetings, with the last win coming in Oct. 1994.

Phil Jagielka will miss Everton’s next two games with a hamstring injury, but Ross Barkley should be good to go for the Eagles tilt.

What they’re saying

Eagles leader Pardew on building off the win: “It gives everybody a lift; you would expect that, we weren’t expecting the run to go on that we went on. We’ve still got the FA Semi Final to look forward to and this last programme of league games. Hopefully the confidence levels have gone up and our nervousness has disappeared and we saw the game out reasonably well against Norwich which was a pleasing factor.”

Toffees manager Roberto Martinez on the season“The home results haven’t been good enough. You have to be consistent with your results over 10 months and we’ve managed to do that away from home but not at Goodison.”

Prediction

No doubt Everton has been a decent road team this year, and that Palace has struggled for much of the second half despite decent efforts. Everton’s back line has been leaky even with its name defenders, but Palace hasn’t exactly found many ways to score. Romelu Lukaku just may be the difference maker here in a 1-0 Toffees win.