Everton vs Crystal Palace: Premier League preview

Consistency has been the problem for Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees in a promising season, but results elsewhere this Easter weekend mean the Merseyside club are now five points off fourth place with two games in hand.

That means Champions League qualification is still very much a possibility for Everton, but they will have to hold their nerve and cut out the mistakes which have cost them winnable points this term.

As for Palace, there could be some big changes this summer with Roy Hodgson and a dozen players out of contract. Sitting 11 points off the relegation zone, the Eagles look pretty safe – and Hodgson will want a strong run-in ahead of what could be a trasformative close season at Selhurst Park.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Everton vs Crystal Palace is scheduled for a 6pm GMT kick-off on Monday, April 5, 2021.

The match will be held behind closed doors at Goodison Park.

How to watch Everton vs Crystal Palace

TV channel: The match will be televised live on Sky Sports’ Main Event and Premier League channels.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

Everton vs Crystal Palace team news

Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has not recovered from the abdominal injury which kept him out of England’s World Cup qualifiers. He was expected to be ready for the resumption of the Premier League but manager Carlo Ancelotti said it would be at least another week.

Ancelotti will, however, be able to call on second-choice goalkeeper Robin Olsen as he is now fit having missed five matches. And injury-plagued midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who has played only two matches for the club since his £25million move from Mainz almost two years ago, is finally back with the squad.

Tyrick Mitchell could return for Palace while Nathaniel Clyne, Cheikhou Kouyate and James McCarthy will be assessed.

James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and James McArthur have not featured since earlier this year and remain sidelined.

Everton vs Crystal Palace prediction

The Toffees have tended to struggle in these sort of games which, on paper, look entirely winnable. If Palace take the game to the hosts, they could be rewarded – but you’d still back Everton at this point.

Everton vs Crystal Palace head to head (h2h) results

Last meeting: Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton (26/09/2020)

Everton vs Crystal Palace odds and betting tips

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