Crystal Palace and Everton kick off their Premier Leaguecampaigns at Selhurst Park today – 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.
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.
However, the manager has since suggested that the wantaway star could still play a part against Everton, warning him that he must deal with any potential reactions to the saga from fans at Selhurst Park.
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, new signing Fabian Delph is sidelined with a thigh injury suffered during pre-season and veteran left-back Leighton Baines is doubtful.
Djibril Sidibe, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean will be pushing to make their debuts.
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, McArthur, Meyer, Townsend, Ayew, Benteke
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Gbamin, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin
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.