The irresistible force faces the immovable object.
Both Crystal Palace and Everton have started the season well and maintain an unbeaten record.
Crystal Palace have enjoyed two impressive wins over Southampton and Manchester United; while Everton have had victories over Tottenham and West Brom.
The clash at Selhurst Park will be an intriguing battle of tactics. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have tried to become a possession-based team looking to break forward whenever possible.
Whereas, Palace under Roy Hodgson this season have had success in counter-attacking well against likes of Southampton, who had 70% possession against the Eagles.
This will be an interesting match for Wilfred Zaha as the Palace main man has been linked with a move to Everton for the last two seasons. Everton will hope he has a quiet day at the office as his pace and dribbling could cause trouble for Seamus Coleman.
Crystal Palace are winless against Everton in the last 11 Premier League games, the last being a 3-2 win at Goodison Park.
One worry for Crystal Palace is their weakness to defend down the wings. Everton pride themselves attacking down the flanks with Richarlison and Digne linking up on the left, while Coleman and Rodriguez work well on the right.
Palace will be wary of Rodriguez as we’ve seen in the last two games he likes to drift inside the field and works well in pockets of space.
Ones to watch:
While Everton have a range of dangerous players going forward it has to go to their striker. Coming off an impressive hattrick against West Brom he will be full of confidence and fancy himself to add to his tally.
His key strengths are his aerial duels and heading ability that will play into Everton’s wing style play. Along with this he also allows others to get involved with his hold up play and flick on ability. One negative is his ability to track back and help his team out defensively.
Who else would it be? He has been a key player for Palace for the last few years and is one of my ones to watch. He has three goals this season after an impressive break against United.
One of his key strengths is his ability to dribble at pace. We saw with Southampton and United once he gets away he has the pace and ability to run straight at the keeper. Everton will have watch out as he is good at drawing in fouls.
The task will be to police him without giving away set pieces, especially penalties which he won the most of last season. A weakness to his game is holding up the ball due to his size and lack of strength. This isn’t surprising and explains why teams are often found kicking chunks out of him.