Crystal Palace: Alternative Preview

Preamble:

Two wins from the last two games has turned round a bad start to something a lot more promising and has bought a lot more optimism to the Everton fans. We all know what happened last time out vs Crystal Palace and a revenge mission should hopefully be on the cards.

Selection:

The same team was selected for West Brom and Wolfsburg and I think it could be the same again with the changes coming against Swansea in the League Cup. That being said, we have yet to see Martinez’ post European policy and he may feel that he wants to rest a few players for this match. The only changes I can see at the moment is Disitn for Jagielka who has had a poor start to the season and is surely now behind John Stones in the managers thoughts. I do envisage Samuel Eto’o to come into the side for Steven Naismith in time but think this game may be too soon for that.

Trivia:

Crystal Palace were named after ‘The Crystal Palace’ which was a huge exhibition and events centre which was destroyed by a fire in 1936. The Palace gave it’s name to the surrounding park and Crystal Palace FC was born before eventually moving after World War I.

Key Men:

Despite their poor start to the season, what Crystal Palace do have is a lot of pace in the form of Dwight Gale and Wilfried Zaha. We all remember Gayle fondly from the ‘Crystanbul’ night where his two late goals bought tears to the eyes of Suarez and had Gerrard waving the camera’s away. As said though, he is quick and a good finisher, the type of striker Jagielka struggles with. Zaha wasn’t exactly Moyes’ favourite player in his time at Man Utd but nevertheless he is very talented and can cause any defence problems on his day. He, like McGeady, can be very frustrating but is equally capable of something special.

Prediction:

We have been scoring goals freely this season and I think this match will be no different. We have also looked shaky at the back having conceded 11 goals in our five games and it was more luck, than judgment, that we didn’t concede more vs West Brom and Wolfsburg. I’m going for a repeat of Wolfsburg, 4-1.

What will it mean?

We have 4 very difficult away matches coming up in Swansea, Liverpool, Krasnodar and Man Utd. It is important to get a win so that we come out of those matches still feeling we’ve had a decent start to the season. Regardless of that, the match vs Crystal Palace at Goodison last year was very painful and it was also the night we thought Liverpool were going to win the league after Man City drew with Sunderland. I just want revenge.

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