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Crystal Palace will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Sunday as they host Everton in the Premier League at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Sunday as they host Everton in the Premier League at Selhurst Park.

Patrick Vieira’s side have lost their last three league games, while Benitez’s side defeated Arsenal in their Monday night victory.

Crystal Palace

Despite losing just five games in their opening 15, Crystal Palace have recorded just three victories in total with their last coming in early November against Wolves.

Now on the back of three successive defeats to Aston Villa, Leeds United and Manchester United, Vieira side now sit just six points above the relegation zone as the fixtures begin to roll in for his side.

The Eagles’ have back-to-back away games against Watford and Tottenham to come, followed by Norwich to conclude their December list – and two wins in 11 will need to be improved upon if they are to avoid being dragged into a relegation fight.

Everton

Benitez will be breathing a sigh of relief after his Everton side enjoyed their first Premier League victory since September.

Despite the criticism of the Spaniard and his side in recent months, the 2-1 win over Arsenal on Monday night should see justified praise after Demarai Gray fired home a stunning effort to earn his side all three points – their first victory in eight games.

Although Everton have had difficulty in picking up wins, Benitez’s side still find themselves just three points off seventh-placed Brighton with a highly congested middle of the table.

The Toffees are without an away victory in their last five tries, though Everton fans will be hoping their momentum from midweek should give added confidence going into the fixture.

Team news

Joachim Andersen may be in contention for Vieira as he nears his recovery from a thigh injury, while Joel Ward is to return at right-back following his suspension.

As for Everton, Mason Holgate may come back into the defence after Yerry Mina picked up an injury against Arsenal.

Crystal Palace vs Everton – kick off at 4:30pm (UK time) on Sunday 12th December 2021

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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