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Everton team news: Ancelotti has concerns ahead of Crystal Palace encounter

Carlo Ancelotti is thin on the ground regarding midfield options as Everton take on Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, according to a match preview by Sky Sports.

The Toffees are without the likes of Fabian Delph (suspended), Andre Gomes (ankle) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh) for the game, leaving the Merseysiders with just Tom Davies, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Morgan Schneiderlin.

It would not be a surprise if the Iceland international were to be one of the names on the team-sheet, as he has already featured 22 times for the Everton this season (WhoScored).

However, the 30-year-old appears to have struggled for form throughout the campaign, having only managed to achieve a rather poor match rating of just 6.74.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin might have to be the focal point for the Merseysiders on Saturday afternoon, as the Sheffield-born striker has two goals in his last three Premier League appearances (per TransferMarkt).

Indeed, the three points are vital for Ancelotti’s Everton side as it would take them closer to a spot in European competition next season, as they will be able to leapfrog Manchester United and draw level on points with Sheffield United.

And, it would seem the Goodison Park outfit could hold a sense of confidence heading into the game against the Londoners as they have an extremely solid record against them.

Everton have not suffered a defeat in their last 10 Premier League meetings against Palace, however they appear to struggle to get the job done – having won just four of those fixtures, with six draws accounting for the rest (per Sky Sports).

The Toffees are also in a rich run of form at the moment as well.

Having got rid of Marco Silva at the beginning of December (BBC), they have suffered just one defeat in their last 10 matches and are behind just city-rivals Liverpool in the current form table regarding points total.

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