Selhurst Park - Premier League
Crystal Palace and Everton are set to get their Premier League campaign underway on Saturday afternoon, with both sides hoping to set an early marker. The two sides faced a slow start to the season last year, but with managerial and squad continuity, should fare better this time around.
Everton got the better of Palace at Goodison Park last season, thanks to goals from Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. However, the Eagles were able to hold out to a draw at home, and may be aiming for the same this weekend.
Roy Hodgson has a full contingent to select from, and may look to restore Mamadou Sakho to his back line following nearly a full season out. Christian Benteke is expected to start up front, flanked by Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend.
Everton also have a quiet treatment room, and may look to introduce new forward signing Moise Keane from Juventus. Cenk Tosun remains out of favour with Marco Silva, whilst Andre Gomes will expect to start following permanent signing from Barcelona.
Crystal Palace v Everton Preview and Predictions
It is easy to read too much into the first game of the season, although for both Everton and Crystal Palace, it will provide an early indication of how their season is likely to shape up.
Even so, the overwhelming story of the game is likely to be that of Wilfred Zaha. The Ivorian winger has reportedly been the subject of two transfer bids from Everton, although both have been rejected.
The will of the player appears to be to move away from Selhurst Park, although the owners are unwilling to sell for under £80 million. The Toffees have started bidding with a cash plus players offer, giving an extra dimension to Saturday's game - as potentially three players may be swapping sides by the close of the window, which is a few days before this fixture takes place.
Transfer speculation aside, the fixture should be an interesting one. Everton looked a strong side by the end of last season, whilst Palace learned to balance their defensive priorities with an attacking threat. The home side will undoubtedly look to shut up shop, challenging the visitors to score the first goal.
Benteke is 11/4 to score, and the striker's hold up play will be key to Hodgson's counter-attacks. Whether the Belgian is able to make an impact in front of goal however, remains to be seen.
Everton's plethora of attacking options should give Silva the edge some Saturday with Richarlison 23/10 to score, although, Hodgson's has more than enough experience in holding out against stronger teams.
Wilfred Zaha to score anytime at 3/1
The winger will be keen to prove his worth to Everton and will be Palace's main outlet.
Under 2.5 goals at 37/50
Palace won't want a demoralising defeat so early in the season and may look to park the bus.