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Crystal Palace v Everton: Both sides aim to maintain winning starts

25 Sep 2020
Crystal Palace v Everton

Crystal Palace have won their opening two top-flight fixtures for the first time in their history and now target a first victory against Everton since September 2014.

A win for Carlo Ancelotti's side would be the first time Everton have started a season with three successive wins since 1993/94.

Team news

Roy Hodgson says striker Christian Benteke is available for selection after playing 45 minutes for the PL2 side on Monday.

Carlo Ancelotti reports no new injury concerns but Everton remain without Mason Holgate (ankle) and Jarrad Branthwaite (toe). Jean-Philippe Gbamin (achilles) and Cenk Tosun (knee) are long-term absentees.

Did you know?

Wilfried Zaha has scored three goals this season, netting the winner in both of the Eagles' matches. His current total is just one fewer than he managed in 38 Premier League appearances in 2019/20.

Each of the last three league contests between these two teams at Selhurst Park have ended level, including back-to-back 0-0 draws most recently.

Following their 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend, Everton are looking to win successive Premier League matches in London for the first time since May 2015.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin can become the first Everton player since Steven Naismith in 2014/15 to score in three consecutive matches at the start of a season.

Match officials

Referee: Kevin Friend. Assistants: Simon Beck, Eddie Smart. Fourth official: Gavin Ward. VAR: Anthony Taylor. Assistant VAR: Gary Beswick.

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