Crystal Palace injury news as Patrick Vieira confirms four players to miss Everton game
The Eagles travel to Goodison Park on Thursday night with Frank Lampard's side desperate to secure their Premier League status with a win
Patrick Vieira has confirmed that four Crystal Palace players are set to miss Thursday’s trip to Goodison Park to face Everton.
The Eagles are chasing a top-ten finish and a record Premier League points haul that can only be accomplished if they win on Merseyside and beat Manchester United at Selhurst Park on the final day of the season. Everton are fighting for top-flight survival meanwhile and know three points against Palace would secure their status in the division.
Vieira has already bested the Toffees twice this season in south London, overseeing a 3-1 win in the league and a 4-0 demolition in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. The Frenchman told reporters in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday he was expecting a fervent atmosphere at Goodison Park on Thursday and said his side would need to be prepared for a physically intense 90 minutes.
He also gave an injury update on his Palace squad, confirming that four players would not be making the journey due to injury. Michael Olise ’s absence was already known, with Vieira saying after his side’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa last Sunday that the 19-year-old winger would miss the remainder of the season with an injury.
Aside from Olise, Palace will also be without midfielder James McArthur after his latest knock following the 2-1 win at Southampton last month. The Scotsman was not in the squad for the subsequent win over Watford nor Sunday’s draw at Villa Park. with Vieira adding him to the list of unavailable players for Thursday.
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Everton defender Michael Keane is fit to start against Crystal Palace after recovering from illness, while Ben Godfrey and Donny van de Beek will return to the squad for Thursday's game at Goodison Park.
Everton will be without injured duo Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph, but Lampard says Dominic Calvert-Lewin is "fine" despite limping at the end of Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Brentford.
Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon are unavailable through suspension after both being sent off on Sunday.
Nathan Patterson and Andros Townsend remain out with long-term injuries.
Crystal Palace are sweating over the return of James McArthur who has been out with a calf strain since the end of April.
Patrick Vieira knows he will also be without Michael Olise, who he has confirmed will not play again this season, as well as Nathan Ferguson whose long-term recovery has taken another set back.
Vieira has also announced James Tomkins will miss out on the trip to Goodison Park.
Crystal Palace have beaten Everton twice this season, once in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup. As a top-flight side, the Eagles have only twice before beaten a side three teams in the same campaign - Charlton Athletic in 1989-90, and Stoke City in 2015-16.
Seven of Crystal Palace's Premier League goals this season have been scored by substitutes, their highest ever such tally in a single campaign. Odsonne Édouard, Jeffrey Schlupp and Michael Olise have netted two each for the Eagles this term, with only Dwight Gayle in 2013-14 (4) ever netting more from the bench for them in a single Premier League campaign.
Everton boss Frank Lampard and Crystal Palace's Patrick Vieira faced each other 13 times as players in the Premier League, with Vieira winning nine of those meetings (D3 L1). The Frenchman was sent off in his only defeat to Lampard, a 2-1 loss for Arsenal at West Ham in October 1999.
Everton's Richarlison has been involved in seven goals in his last nine Premier League appearances (5 goals, 2 assists). Overall, he's had a hand in 14 Premier League goals this season (9 goals, 5 assists), only registering more in 2019-20 (13 goals, 3 assists).