Crystal Palace and Everton kick off their Premier League campaigns at Selhurst Park on Saturday – and the Eagles have already secured one victory over the Toffees before a ball has even been kicked.
Wilfried Zaha was desperate to leave Palace this summer after early interest from Arsenal and, while the Gunners eventually turned to £72million Nicolas Pepe instead, Everton pushed for a late deal.
Despite Zaha handing in a transfer request, the Eagles held on to their star man – and time will tell whether that was the correct decision come May 2020.
Right now, Roy Hodgson must figure out a way to stop an ambitious Everton side, with Marco Silva backed heavily in the transfer market to bring the glory days back to Goodison Park.
Crystal Palace vs Everton team news and predicted lineups
Zaha was sent home from training on Thursday with Hodgson suggesting the winger was not “in the right frame of mind” after his hopes of a move away fell through on deadline day.
It would be a shock to see Zaha in Hodgson’s squad on Saturday, though the manager may decide he needs an option off the bench.
James Tomkins (groin), Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) are all out of contention. New signings James McCarthy and Victor Camarasa could play some part.
As for Everton, Tom Davies (shoulder) and Cenk Tosun are not available, while Alex Iwobi could be a late inclusion. Fellow new signings Fabian Delph, Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin will all be pushing for minutes as well.
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Ward, Meyer, Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Ayew, Benteke
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Delph, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton
Keeping hold of Zaha will be considered a big win at Selhurst, but it could well be another long season for the Eagles.
Everton have seriously strengthened in the summer window, and will be confident of leaving south London with three points.
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TV channel and live stream information
The match will not be televised live in the UK due to broadcaster blackout rules for 3pm kick-offs on a Saturday.
You can follow all the action and analysis on Standard Sport’s LIVE blog with Jack Rosser at Selhurst Park.