73′ – The Blues’ first substitution will be Dwight McNeil for Demarai Gray.
70′ – Gray booked for a bad challenge. He left his crampons there. The spirits reach their climax. By the way, Tarky was also booked for his role in Handbags before this.
69′ – Mateta tries to run away from Tarky but the veteran defender slips in then gets the ricochet to take the Eagles player out for a goal kick, and the crowd appreciate his effort.
66′ – Guehi fouls DCL then Zaha leads with his elbow in the back of Gordon’s head and Goodison is livid, like all the Blues on the pitch. Lots of jostling and shouting, then Guehi and Zaha are reserved, but that’s it. GP is not happy and it is understandable.
63′ – GOOOOOOOOOO……. oh shit offside. A brilliant counter sees Myko in acres of space, his shot squirms under Guaita’s grip and Gordon pounces on the rebound to get the ball in, but the assistant referee calls offside.
WAIT! VAR makes it clear that Gordon was okay with it and Goodison can celebrate again! The Blues lead 2-0!!
61 ‘ – Onana too lax with the ball in his own area, then commits a foul on Ayew at the edge of the area. It’s dangerous, Olise goes to the goal and brushes it over the bar. Pickford had it covered.
It’s the Palace player’s last move today as he and Milivojevic leave, and Mateta and Schlupp enter. Vieira attacked hard and the Blues will have to take advantage of it here.
58′ – The Blues defend solidly, but do not press as actively as in the first half and it’s always risky. Palace – as commentators have reminded us – are the best side in the league to come from behind this season.
51′ – Two big blocks! Myko then Coady prevent the shots on goal. Palace on the ascendant here. Eze’s corner is lame and clear.
49 ‘ – Gueye loses the ball and Palace breaks quickly. Coleman gets the ball back but Zaha overshoots his outstretched leg theatrically, and the referee only gives him the corner (and an Oscar nomination) despite his vocal protests. Pickford laughing in Zaha’s face is a sight to behold.
Both resulting Eagles corners are cleared.
46 ‘ – Second half in progress, no change on either side.
Half-time thoughts – The Blues were the better side today, although Palace entered the game as the half progressed.
45+3′ – Ayew somehow escapes a yellow card Again! Onana Cup and the referee does not tell him more when he should have already been booked. Shades of that game against Palace when we went there for the FA Cup last season.
45′ – There will be three more minutes here.
43′ – Palace continue to grab and shoot the whole blunder, and eventually the referee calls one. Gray is pulled down and then swept by Ayew on the left sideline. Wrong delivery and the chance is wasted.
Andersen is sailing for a bruise here, he’s completely lost his temper.
38′ – DCL places a cross in the box and Andersen concedes a corner. Low de Gray, in another bend. Perfect height this time with all the Everton giants in the box, but Palace clears and Iwobi’s volley is wild.
35 ‘ – New collision, this time in the Everton area. Andersen and Myko took the ball, with the Blues defender pulling out of the challenge at the last minute and they both fall in a heap. Strange decision by the referee after whistling, choosing to give Palace the ball lost in their own half? !
30′ – Gordon wins a free kick very close to this where Gray sent that ball for DCL to score last season. Gray hits it deep this time, Tarky brings it back through goal and then Coady and Milivojevic battle it out for the ball. The Blues defender looks worse off.
Both players eventually get up, the referee calls for a drop ball and the home fans are upset at the loss of the chance to attack.
23 – Fired! Gordon cuts from the right and shoots with his left, but it’s too central and Guaita parries. The corner is cleared by the opposing team.
16′ – Everton continued to look the more incisive side here today.
11′ – GOAL!! How we missed Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Retrieves the ball, starts the movement then completes a return pass from Alex Iwobi after having undressed Marc Guehi, 1-0 to the good guys!
10′ – One shot! Target too! Gray takes advantage of an off-the-beaten-path turnover and takes a snap, straight to Guaita’s.
5′ – Both teams attack with enthusiasm but with little else at the start.
1′ – In progress
Frank Lampard keeps his faith in the same starting XI that failed to muster no shots on goal at Newcastle in midweek
Everton take on Crystal Palace with just four games left before the World Cup winter break. Much of the goodwill from the start of the season evaporated after three straight losses to top-six teams. While that in and of itself isn’t unexpected, it’s how these losses have come about that has been most frustrating. The Blues have managed two shots on goal in this trio of games, and their complete inability to apply concerted pressure on the opposition’s goal will have given Frank Lampard plenty to think about ahead of this next stretch of games – Palace, Fulham, Leicester city then AFC Bournemouth twice in five days, first in the League Cup and then in the league.
The Eagles have had a mixed bag of results to start the season and sit just three points clear of the Blues. In fact, a two-goal win for the hosts will see them leapfrog the visitors, but they will need to muster a lot of spirit from the fans and players from the last time the two sides met here to achieve that.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 12
Start date and time: Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. BST
Time: 17°C/63°F, partly cloudy, 4% chance of precipitation, winds 11 mph
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The last time the Blues played Palace was a very important occasion, with the home side rallying from a two-goal deficit at the break to come back with three goals in the second stanza to snatch three points and secure the survival of the Premier League. The winner, courtesy of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s diving header five minutes from time, led to total pandemonium at Goodison Park with two separate pitch invasions of screaming fans. Lampard’s side will need to channel some of that energy today to get out of their slump.