Venue: Selhurst Park.
Date and Time: Saturday, August 10. 3:00 pm BST
All eyes on will be on Palace to see if Wilfried Zaha plays against the club he could have ended up joining this week, while Roy Hodgson must decided on a right-back following the departure of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Everton head to Selhurst Park having drawn their last three visits, with Marco Silva to decided whether he will hand a debut to the Italy striker Moise Kean.
Palace’s pre-season performances haven’t been much better either, with just one victory in amongst a raft of defeats.
The manner of the defeats will be of biggest concern for Palace, with a 4-0 battering against Hertha BSC fresh in the memory. Humiliating Under-23 defeats to Barnet, as well as a defeat to Bromley, have added to the doom and gloom – with just a solitary mauling of Bristol City the one positive note.
Everton’s pre-season has been equally as bad, with just a solitary victory to the Toffees name as well.
Marco Silva’s greatest bother will come from a lack of goals, but a string of offensive signings will no doubt gel the longer they play together.
Head to Head
Unsurprisingly, it is Everton who have the better record against Saturday’s opponents having won 20, lost 13 and drawn 16 of their meetings with the Eagles.
Zaha was sent home from training on Thursday with Hodgson suggesting the winger was not “in the right frame of mind” after his hopes of a move away fell through on deadline day.It would be a shock to see Zaha in Hodgson’s squad on Saturday, though the manager may decide he needs an option off the bench.James Tomkins (groin), Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) are all out of contention. New signings James McCarthy and Victor Camarasa could play some part.
As for Everton, Tom Davies (shoulder) and Cenk Tosun are not available, while Alex Iwobi could be a late inclusion. Fellow new signings Fabian Delph, Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin will all be pushing for minutes as well.
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Ward, Meyer, Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Ayew, Benteke
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Delph, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin
H 23-10 A 16-11 D 12-5
Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton
Keeping hold of Zaha will be considered a big win at Selhurst, but it could well be another long season for the Eagles.
Everton have seriously strengthened in the summer window, and will be confident of leaving south London with three points.