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Everton v Crystal Palace 16th April Kick off 7-45pm

Team News

Phil Jagielka had failed to fully recover from his injury, so he will once again be deputised by John Stones. Steven Pienaar is also out for the match tomorrow.

Crystal Palace will be giving fitness tests to Kagisho Dikgacoi and Yannick Bolasie. If Bolasie is ruled as being unfit Tom Ince could come in for him.

Match Preview

Everton will be looking to continue their run of recent form with another 3 points against Crystal palace, which depending upon the result of Tuesday’s match between Arsenal and West Ham could be needed to move back above Arsenal into 4th spot. The game is not looking as easy for Everton as it would have done a few weeks ago, Tony Pulis has seemingly turned things around for Palace and so this game looks to have a more difficult edge to it.

This should be a game which if Everton are to reach the target of a top 4 finish need to be winning; however Crystal Palace will offer a stern test for them.

Crystal Palace will be looking to keep up their recent improvements under new manager Tony Pulis, they have moved away from the bottom reaches of the table towards relative safety towards mid-table. Comparing the recent runs of form for both teams, as well as the respective teams, the outcome of the match while not being a sure thing look to be leaning towards Everton.

Match Prediction

Being honest in my prediction I would have to choose an Everton win. The recent run of form produced by Everton seems to have bred confidence in the players and they have a belief that they can beat anyone on their day. Crystal Palace’s recent improvements will make this a more difficult test that it would have done, but I still can’t see anything other than an Everton win and will go for a 3-1 win.

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