As it happened Ended
Follow live updates from Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace look to put a fraught summer behind them against Everton.
Palace sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka but clung on to Wilfried Zaha, who Everton heavily pursued, and the Ivorian winger is on the bench this afternoon.
Everton have bolstered their side with the additions of several players including Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean and Fabian Delph as they aim to challenge the top six. Follow it live:
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Hello and welcome along to live updates from Crystal Palace vs Everton, very much the ‘Wilfried Zaha derby’ of the recent transfer window. We’ll have all the team news and build-up right here from 2pm ahead of the game at Selhurst Park…
Zaha on the bench
As expected, Wilfried Zaha is on the bench after a dramatic end to the transfer window.
He handed in a transfer request one the eve of the window closes and Everton, today’s opponents, failed to sign him.
Zaha was part of the Ivory Coast’s side in the Africa Cup of Nations and did not play in pre-season, which is why he features on the bench.
He has received a round of applause as he came out to warm up and he clapped in response to the supporters.
2: Everton have an early chance!
Palace only clear Lucas Digne’s cross as far as the edge of the penalty area and Gylfi Sigurdsson latches onto a shot, which drifts wide. You feel a better connection on that and Everton could well be ahead.
8: This is exactly how you might imagine the first game of the season will look. There’s lots of over-hit passes and loose touches out there.
Both sides not at their absolute best.
10: Everton are pressing well and quickly winning back possession, often by forcing Palace to go long.
15: Off the line!
Everton drill a low corner to Sigurdsson, who gets to the ball first and his shot is going in but for Christian Benteke’s header off the line.
Everton on top.
19: Everton are all over Crystal Palace and all of their attacks are coming down the left, Digne and Bernard are causing the home side problems. Palace are relying on Joel Ward after selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United.
21: The away side are just beginning to get into dangerous areas more often than Palace will like, watch this space.
25: While Everton are getting a lot of joy in wide areas, this Palace side look incredibly narrow. Everton look very content at the back and are able to commit both full-backs forward as there is not really a threat of Palace exposing them on a counter attack.
Elsewhere, Brighton have taken the lead against Watford. An Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal separates the side at Vicarage Road.
30: Meyer, who has been very quiet all half, links up with Ayew in the penalty area but can’t produce anything as Coleman is on-hand to see off any danger.
31: Everton are getting closer and closer to the opener.
There’s a scramble in the Palace penalty area as Coleman’s effort is saved by Guaita and palmed towards players from both sides. Calvert-Lewin then heads wide from close-range after Everton work the ball back out wide to Bernard.
38: Palace really need this man. He’s currently having a wam-up on the side.
We did have a brief VAR check on Milivojevic’s challenge on Bernard, but there was nothing in it.
41: Palace go close!
Everton are caught napping as Palace take a quick free-kick and work the ball to Meyer. He cuts onto his right foot and lashes an effort at goal, which is deflected over.
Dann heads over the bar from the resulting corner, which is just as well for Everton because Pickford was nowhere.
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Everton to have too much for this depleted Palace side. 2-0.
How to watch or stream online…
The game won’t be shown on terresterial TV in the UK but you can follow live updates right here.
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