Everton confirmed XI v Crystal Palace: Frank Lampard makes one big change
Frank Lampard’s Everton starting XI for the crucial Premier League clash with Crystal Palace has been confirmed by the club.
Following a controversial 3-2 defeat to Brentford last time out, top flight survival still hangs in the balance, but it is in the club’s hands with this the penultimate game of the season.
Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon are suspended after being sent off at the weekend, and Lampard has made a single change to bring Michael Keane in at the back.
This could finally be the game where the Toffees end the months-long battle against the drop that has had fans so stressed.
If they can get one last crucial win at Goodison then Leeds will not be able to catch them on the final day and depending on Burnley’s result at Aston Villa they might not be able to either.
The defeat against Brentford was demoralising one but at least contained some positive elements, in that they scored two goals and battled for so long despite being a man down.
Nobody wants to be going into the final day relying on a result at the Emirates to maintain survival, so if it can be secured tonight the players and the supporters will get the chance to have at least one game with the pressure off.
The home fans have put everything into helping this team stay up over recent weeks, and without them it is hard to imagine the opportunity to finish the job still even being on the table.
The final home game of the season seems an entirely fitting occasion to deliver Premier League survival, and the long task of picking over the ruins of this season can begin.
Patrick Vieira’s side have the quality to cause problems, and haven’t lost in four league games, but if the Toffees can produce a performance anything like the ones that defeated Chelsea and Manchester United then they will surely have enough.
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