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    Iron Man

    45′ + 1′ Two minutes added on.

    44′ Everton are finishing the half strongly but still can’t get their noses in front. Rodriguez delivers a free-kick from deep on the left and finds Richarlison eight yards out, but he heads over again. 

    42′ Richarlison spins nicely away from Ayew and Milivojevic at the left side of the area and lays the ball back to Rodriguez. He hammers a left-footed effort towards the bottom-right corner, but puts it just wide.

    41′ Everton win a free-kick just outside the area, over to the left. Richarlison is adamant he’s taking it, ignoring some friendly advice from Digne, Rodriguez and Sigurdsson. He looks to curl it into the far top corner – bringing to mind that Dimitri Payet stunner against Palace a few years ago – but bends it high and wide. He probably won’t take the next one.

    39′ Milivojevic tries to slip Benteke in behind but he has to come back to collect the ball, and he does so from an offside position.

    37′ A loose ball drops to Benteke in the area and he reacts quickly to shoot, but it deflects off an Everton boot and spins kindly up in the air for Olsen to catch.

    36′ Digne checks onto his right foot and bends an inswinging cross towards Calvert-Lewin on the penalty spot, but a Palace defender gets across to head clear.

    35′ Benteke lays off Van Aanholt with a lovely flicked pass at the edge of the area but the left-back can’t take it cleanly as he bursts infield and the ball goes astray.

    L. Digne

    Yellow Card


    33′ Digne is booked for a nasty sliding challenge on Ayew as the Ghanaian looked to slip away after a throw-in in his own half.

    32′ Davies and Van Aanholt collide just at the right corner of the Everton penalty area. The left-back released the ball and ran straight into the Everton man, who didn’t really have time to get out of the way. The ball goes out for a goal kick and after a moment to catch their breath, the two players are back up and running.

    G. Sigurðsson

    André Gomes


    31′ Gomes can’t carry on, though he walks off under his own power. Sigurdsson comes on to replace him.

    29′ This could be bad news for Everton. Gomes is down, and Sigurdsson is being readied on the touchline.

    27′ Zaha works the ball onto his left foot around 25 yards out, but drags a low shot across goal and wide to the right of goal.  

    26′ The game has really livened up after a slow start. Everton will be annoyed not to be ahead, after two very presentable chances for Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin.

    24′ Holgate floats a cross-field pass from left to right, picking out Coleman by the touchline. He loops a cross into the area and Rodriguez controls it nicely but has to rush his shot with defenders converging on him, and lifts it over the bar.

    23′ Richarlison should score! Gomes robs Ayew inside Palace’s half and the forward has his head in his hands as he sees the ball slipped through to Richarlison, who drives into the area and looks certain to finish. He feints onto his right foot and looks to curl one but puts it straight at Guaita’s chest, and he can’t react quickly enough to collect the rebound and slide it home.

    21′ Things are happening! Coleman gets to the byline and cuts back away from Van Aanholt, giving himself a yard of space to measure a cross. He picks out Richarlison but the Brazilian mistimes his jump and can only head over from six yards out.

    20′ Chances! Eze gets the ball at the left corner of the penalty area and plays a neat one-two with Ayew, bursting between two defenders before seeing a low shot saved at the near post. Everton go up the other end and Calvert-Lewin is played through on goal, but Guaita comes out and makes a great save at the edge of his area.

    19′ Riedewald chips a pass over to Eze on the left but Coleman holds him off well and Keane steps across to take the ball.

    18′ Ayew looks to turn on the centre spot but he’s dragged down by Gomes. These little fouls are killing any sort of rhythm in the game so far.

    17′ Milivojevic swings in a cross from a free-kick deep on the right. He looks for Benteke on the penalty spot but an Everton defender gets above him to head half-clear. The ball drops to Van Aanholt who swings a boot at it, but his optimistic shot floats well over the crossbar.

    Y. Mina

    Yellow Card


    15′ Eze gets on the ball in space for the first time and looks to burst forward from the centre circle. He looks to slip a ball forward for Benteke but is tripped by Davies, and Benteke is pulled back by Mina. Mina gets the first yellow card of the night.

    14′ Keane fires a flat ball down the right for Coleman to chase but he can’t catch up and it’s behind for a goal kick.

    12′ Rodriguez finds Digne in space to the left of the penalty area but his cross is poor, lofted straight to the near post where Guaita takes an easy catch. This has not been a high-quality game of football so far.

    11′ Benteke sends Davies head over heels with a late challenge in the centre circle.

    9′ Ward takes his time working out the position of a free-kick deep on the right. It’s one of those classic situations where the player has stolen a few yards so the referee tells him to go back – as soon as the ref turns around, Ward rolls the ball straight back to where he had put it in the first place, before overhitting his free-kick straight through to Olsen in the Everton net. Great stuff.

    7′ What happened there?! Gomes wins the ball from Milivojevic on the halfway line and slips it forward to Richarlison, who looks to be in on goal. Instead of shooting, he squares it to Calvert-Lewin, but his pass is wayward and he can’t twist back to put it into the empty net. Eventually the flag does go up because Richarlison was well offside when Gomes played him through.

    6′ First chance of the match comes to Zaha after some nice play between himself and Benteke. Benteke eventually finds Zaha in some space just outside the area and he goes for goal, but Mina blocks his effort behind for a corner, which is cleared.

    4′ Palace have only kept one clean sheet in their 18 Premier League away games so far this season, in a goalless draw at Arsenal back in January. Only Sheffield United have a worse record, and they’re bottom of the league.

    3′ Digne goes down after getting a hand in the face from Ward. Play carries on as referee Kevin Friend doesn’t seem to spot it, but the whistle eventually goes as the Everton left-back stays down. He’s fine, though.

    2′ It is cold and very blustery at Goodison today. Things could get interesting for the two defences, particularly at set pieces.

    1′ We’re off!

    The teams are on their way out onto the pitch and we’re almost ready for kick-off.

    Everton are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games against Palace, winning six and drawing six. However, four of Palace’s last five league wins against the Toffees have come here at Goodison Park.

    Everton’s last game before the international break was a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City here in the FA Cup and they make four changes from that game. Olsen, Keane, Davies and Rodriguez come in for Virginia, Godfrey, Allan and Sigurdsson. Palace, meanwhile, are unchanged from their win over West Brom, with Benteke and Zaha leading the line once again.

    SUBS: Reece Hannam, Scott Dann, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Martin Kelly, Michy Batshuayi, Tyrick Mitchell, Andros Townsend, Jack Butland, Jeffrey Schlupp.

    CRYSTAL PALACE (4-4-2): Vicente Guaita; Patrick van Aanholt, Gary Cahill, Cheikhou Kouyate, Joel Ward; Eberechi Eze, Jairo Riedewald, Luka Milivojevic, Jordan Ayew; Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke.

    SUBS: Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Ben Godfrey, Harry Tyrer, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Joshua King, Kyle John, Niels Nkounkou, Joao Virginia, Nathan Broadhead.

    EVERTON (3-4-1-2): Robin Olsen; Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate; Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, Tom Davies, Seamus Coleman; James Rodriguez; Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    Carlo Ancelotti and his side are still dreaming of the Champions League as we enter the final stage of the season – they’re five points off the top four with two games in hand going into this game. Roy Hodgson’s Palace, meanwhile, are safely tucked away in mid-table in 12th.

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Monday evening Premier League match. We’ll have all the action from Goodison Park as Everton look to keep up their hunt for European qualification with a home fixture against Crystal Palace.

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