Crystal Palace vs Everton predictions: Eagles can check Toffees' progress
- Everton have taken 10 points from a possible last 18
- Palace won 2-0 at Burnley last weekend
- Recommended bet: Draw
Everton have improved in recent weeks but they may find a draw is best they can get from a tricky trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Toffees are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions, winning two, and their only defeat in their last five matches all told was a 2-0 Merseyside derby defeat at Liverpool.
Palace ended a run of three games without a victory with a much-needed three points at Burnley last weekend and this Selhurst Park clash could see two evenly-matched teams cancelling each other out.
Palace forward Jesurun Rak-Sakyi is set to be out for around a month with a hamstring injury, while Michael Olise and Dean Henderson remain out with thigh injuries.
James Tomkins is still being hampered by a calf problem for Roy Hodgson's men.
Eberechi Eze made a welcome return off the bench last weekend and got an assist for the second goal against the Clarets so he is in line for a start against Everton.
For the visitors, midfielder Amadou Onana will face a late fitness test on his calf strain, while Seamus Coleman is recovering well from his knee injury and managed another run-out for the Under-21s in midweek, so could be an option from the bench.
Andre Gomes (calf) and Dele Alli (groin) are still long-term absentees for Sean Dyche's side.
Everton have drawn six of their 11 league games this season, the Eagles have drawn four of their matches so far.
This fixture last season in April finished goalless at Selhurst Park.
Neither side have been prolific in an attacking sense this season with Palace scoring 10 goals from 11 games, while Everton have managed just one more so far from their first 11.
This should be a competitive clash with two sides going up against each other who will have similar aims of finishing at least mid-table this term.
Everton's improvement under Dyche is clear. They look well organised and typically difficult to beat at the moment and will approach their trip to South London with a fair bit of confidence, as they are on a three-game unbeaten run with just one defeat in their last five.
However, the Eagles will be tough to break down on their own patch and two of their last three home league games have ended goalless.
This could be a similar sort of occasion and a draw may well be the best play in the main full-time result market.
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