By Joe Ellis

19th May, 2022 | 6:00pm

BBC pundit Ian Hutchison urges Everton to 'go for it' against Crystal Palace

Everton welcome Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace to Goodison Park on Thursday (19 May) knowing victory will secure their Premier League survival.

The Toffees are two points clear of the drop zone but they have a game in hand and one point on Leeds United in 17th so a win against the Eagles will make them unassailable to catch by the Whites.

Burnley could throw a curveball into the mix if they go to Aston Villa and win as they currently occupy that final relegation spot but Ian Hutchison thinks Everton is the team he’d want to be in this scenario.

“I would imagine at Goodison it will be all guns blazing,” Hutchison said on the BBC’s Football Daily Podcast. “The game against Brentford was a weird one because I think 11 v 11, Everton would have won it.

“That was a body blow, going down to nine men and losing the game but they’ve got one more life. Crystal Palace at home is that lifeline so you might as well go for it.

“If you want to be in any camp at the minute it would be Everton’s.”

Win and relax

We saw on Sunday against Brentford that a game that looks simple on paper can be far from that when you add grass to the mixture and the same caution needs to be applied for this game too.

Much like the Bees, Palace have nothing left to play for having secured their safety for another year a few games ago which could mean one of two things.

Either they are already on the beach and it will be a cruise to victory or they will be freed up in the attacking phase and it could be a high-scoring affair if the Everton defence is not up to scratch.

Frank Lampard saw two of his players get sent off against Brentford in the last home game and he cannot afford the same kind of ill-discipline on Thursday if he wants his side to remain a top-flight club when the 2022-23 season rolls around.

In other Everton news, the Premier League spend per point statistics should leave Farhad Moshiri embarrassed by his dealings at Goodison Park.

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