EPL: Palace vs EFC



At least one perfect Premier League record must come on Saturday when Crystal Palace host Everton at Selhurst Park. The pair are 2 out of 5 clubs that have won both their opening matches in 2020-21, and they enter this weekend's match after particularly encouraging results last time.

Crystal Palace fans will have the right to enter the new season with anxiety; they finished the 2019-20 season in poor form and started the campaign with a tough run - hosting a team that had a stellar away Southampton record last season before marching to Old Trafford. The 6 points from those 2 matches exceeded what even the most enthusiastic fans would have expected, but last weekend's 3-1 win at Manchester United continued their perfect start to the campaign. Wilfried Zaha was the star of the match against his former club as he netted in head-to-head matches for the first time since November 2019, and his apparent comeback helped Palace score more than 2 goals for the first time.

The Toffees were quick to sit at the top of the group following a 5-2 win over West Bromwich Albion last weekend and, although they were pushed back to second place, it was still a very encouraging start to the campaign against with them. James Rodriguez merged immediately, Everton's other summer signings also had a bright start and Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the Premier League scoring charts after a hat-trick against the Baggies. Overall, there is every reason for Carlo Ancelotti to be optimistic about the season ahead, with the Merseysiders winning their opening two games for the first time since 2012-13, when they finished sixth. However, not only in the Premier League but Everton are developing a habit of winning, they have a 3-goal win over Salford City and Fleetwood Town - a match which then saw Everton score a second 5-2 win in four days - saw the Toffees progress to the fourth round of the EFL Cup, where They will play against West Ham United. A few mistakes by Jordan Pickford in their win over Fleetwood raised concerns whether England's number one goalkeeper could be something responsible in Everton's attempt to finish in the top six, but Ancelotti was quick to dismiss those allegations. Pickford made two important saves on Everton's last visit to Selhurst Park when the two teams went goalless on the opening day of the 2019-20 season. A few mistakes by Jordan Pickford in their win over Fleetwood raised concerns whether England's number one goalkeeper could be something responsible in Everton's attempt to finish in the top six, but Ancelotti was quick to dismiss those allegations. Pickford made two important saves on Everton's last visit to Selhurst Park when the two teams went goalless on the opening day of the 2019-20 season. A few mistakes by Jordan Pickford in their win over Fleetwood raised concerns whether England's number one goalkeeper could be something responsible in Everton's attempt to finish in the top six, but Ancelotti was quick to dismiss those allegations. Pickford made two important saves on Everton's last visit to Selhurst Park when the two teams went goalless on the opening day of the 2019-20 season. 




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