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Preview: Everton team news, injury update and predicted XI

Everton will host Crystal Palace at Goodison Park this evening in their penultimate Premier League clash and if they can take all three points from the game they will have won their battle with relegation and remain in the league next season.

The Toffees squandered their opportunity to secure safety in their game against Brentford last weekend and Frank Lampard must not make the same mistakes again if the side has any chance of keeping their fate in their own hands on the final day of the season without relying on the results of their relegation rivals.

In terms of the game tonight, the Toffees boss has confirmed a triple fitness boost with Donny van de Beek, Ben Godfrey and Michael Keane all available for selection, but Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph will remain sidelined alongside Andros Townsend and Nathan Patterson who are out with long term injuries indefinitely.

Lampard’s team went down to nine men against Brentford with both Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon red-carded over the course of the game, so they too will not be featured in the matchday squad due to suspension.

With that being said, this is how Football FanCast expects Everton to line up against Crystal Palace tonight…

We expect to see three changes to the side that lost to Brentford last weekend, with the manager sticking to his 5-2-3 formation he has been deploying over the last few weeks.

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The first change we expect to see is Ben Godfrey straight back in the team following his return from injury.

We predict that the 24-year-old ace who was hailed “powerful” by Carlo Ancelotti, will be deployed in a back three alongside Mason Holgate and another returning player in the squad, with Keane taking Seamus Coleman’s place in the team following a disappointing performance from the captain at the weekend.

The £70k-per-week dud who was dubbed “poor” by journalist Josh Bunting scored an own goal, made only 13 passes and lost 100% of his duels, so injecting a fresh defensive perspective by giving Keane the nod in the starting XI could be the right decision going into the game against Patrick Vieira’s side.

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The third and final change we think that Lampard will make is giving Van de Beek his opportunity to play in the side for one of, if not the last times he will play for Everton as he will return to Manchester United at the end of the season to compete for a place in Erik ten Hag’s side.

Ultimately, if Lampard can pull off a victory tonight it would take a lot of pressure off the team ahead of their clash with Arsenal at the Emirates in the final game of the season on Sunday.

As a result, he will need to put out the best team and hope his choices pay off to give Everton fans a massive relief and positive outcome after a terrible campaign.

AND in other news: Huge boost: Boyland drops Everton injury update ahead of Palace, Frank will be buzzing

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