Everton vs Crystal Palace: Can the Toffees keep their European dream alive?

Everton's dream of playing in Europe is still alive but a win over Palace is paramount if they are to remain serious contenders.

When: Monday, April 5, 18:00 GMT

How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event

Best bets

Correct score 1-1 at 6/1 (bet365)

Both teams to score at 11/10 (PaddyPower)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score first at 4/1 (bet365)

Everton forward, Richarlison, scored in his last game against Palace
Everton forward, Richarlison, scored in his last game against Palace

Mathematically speaking, Everton still have a fighting chance of making the top four.

But in reality, that chance is fading… fast.

Carlo Ancelotti's men are enjoying a good season however, inconsistent results could cost them a place in Europe - not only the Champions League but also Europa League football.

This Monday night, the Toffees take on Crystal Palace as they look to end their two-match losing run.

Palace, though, won't be easy meat. Roy Hodgson's side may be sitting mid-table but they've only lost one of their last five league games.

One way or another, this is shaping up to be an interesting contest.

Last Three Premier League Meetings

Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton (September 26, 2020)

This was very much a game of two halves with the opening one treating viewers to three goals and a penalty, while the second only produced a single shot on target.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Everton ahead after just ten minutes however, Palace were quick to respond with an equaliser from Cheikhou Kouyate.

With five minutes remaining until the half-time break, the visitors were awarded a penalty which was converted by Brazilian forward Richarlison.

There was nothing to report from the second half as Everton held on for the victory.

Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace (February 8, 2020)

The last meeting at Goodison Park between the two clubs ended in a convincing 3-1 victory for the hosts.

Ancelotti's men took an early lead courtesy of goal from Bernard. Despite enjoying more possession in that opening first half, Palace were unable to land a single shot on target and went into the break behind.

Roy Hodgson's half-time talk sparked a reaction from the Eagles who grabbed the equaliser just five minutes after the restart - Christian Benteke grabbing the goal on that occasion.

However, the spark was quickly extinguished as goals from Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin helped Everton to three goals and three points.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton (August 10, 2019)

Some games in the Premier League go down in history. Some are unforgettable. Some are instant classics. This was as far away from that as is humanly possible.

The two teams produced a dazzling total of five shots on target and played out a bore draw at Selhurst Park. The game's high point arrived in the 76th minute when Morgan Schneiderlin received a red card from referee Jon Moss.

Last ten head-to-head games

Everton wins: 5

Draws: 5

Crystal Palace wins: 0

Everton goals: 14

Crystal Palace goals: 6

Can Palace end dreadful run against the Toffees?

If we had to use a gif to illustrate how long it has been since Palace picked up a win over Everton, we would have gone for the one from Titanic 'It's been 84 years'!

In truth, it hasn't been exactly that long - but it's not far off. Palace last beat the Toffees back in 2014 when Yannick Bolasie's goal proved to be the winner in a 3-2 classic at Goodison Park.

Seven years on, the Democratic Republic of Congo international now plays for Middlesbrough in the Championship. Palace, meanwhile, are still alive and kicking in the Premier League.

Yannick Bolasie in action for Palace back in 2013
Yannick Bolasie in action for Palace back in 2013

Consistency is certainly a key word with regards to Palace. Players may have come and gone but the club has consistently avoided relegation, they've consistently finished mid-table and they've consistently lost to Everton.

The last of those consistencies, however, could come to an end. The Toffees have lost five of their last eight games and they're certainly there for the taking.

Time to prove European credentials

We keep hearing that Everton is a club that could challenge for a place Europe. However, every year that European dream is nothing more than just that… a dream.

The Toffees have ten games left to try and secure a place in a UEFA competition - starting with the clash against Crystal Palace.

Defeats to Chelsea and Burnley before the international break left Everton in eighth place but the Toffees are still very much in touching distance of the top four.

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Chelsea's shock defeat to West Brom means that Carlo Ancelotti's side trail the Blues by just five points.

There is a lot of competition for European places this season - mainly from Leicester, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa - but a strong finish to the season would certainly give the Toffees a fighting chance.

Everton's last ten games

Crystal Palace (H)

Brighton (A)

Tottenham (H)

Arsenal (A)

Aston Villa (H)

West Ham (A)

Sheffield United (H)

Wolves (H)

Man City (A)

Aston Villa (A) - Date to be confirmed

Goalscorer bets

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 14 goals this season and the Everton frontman currently finds himself 4th in the Premier League's goalscoring charts - level with Patrick Bamford.

He is the man to watch in this game and at the price of 4/1, he is our pick to open the scoring at Goodison Park.

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