|5||Shots On Target||4|
|35%||Aerial Duels Won %||65%|
- A much better performance in a deserved win for Everton.
- However, the Blues did have a couple of scares in the first half.
- A poor pass from Eliaquim Mangala put Jordan Pickford in a bit of an awkward position and his clearance went to Yohan Cabaye, whose shot ended up nowhere near the gaping goal.
- Near the end of the first half, Crystal Palace had another chance to break the deadlock but Christian Benteke couldn’t direct his header into the back of the net.
- But Everton didn’t need to worry as Gylfi Sigurdsson scored as soon as the second half began (not for the first time this season).
- Things got even better for the Blues just a few minutes later when Oumar Niasse converted a Cuco Martina cross to double Everton’s lead.
- Tom Davies then made it 3-0 before Luka Milivojevic scored a consolation penalty for Crystal Palace after a handball from substitute Ashley Williams.
- The first 6 minutes of the second half made the difference.
- Crystal Palace didn’t give up since Everton’s second goal – they had 10 shots to Everton’s 3.
- But Everton held their guard and earned their 3 points.
- Theo Walcott made 8 successful dribbles – double the next highest player.
- Oumar Niasse had more shots on target and created more chances than any other Everton player (2 each).
- Michael Keane blocked 3 shots – more than any other player.
Average Player Positions
- Cuco Martina has had 2 assists in his last 2 league games – as many as in his previous 117 league games.
- Cuco Martina is only the second Everton player with assists in successive league games this season (after Dominic Calvert-Lewin).
- Oumar Niasse is the third Everton player with a goal and an assist in the same league game this season (after Leighton Baines and Wayne Rooney).