Trailing Arsenal by just a point in the race for a place in the top four, Everton entertain David Moyes's Manchester United this weekend in one of the most anticipated games of the season. The Blues go in search of the double over United for the first time in 44 years and a win that would maintain the pressure on the Gunners. James McCarthy is expected to shake off a thigh injury and retake his place in the starting XI but Phil Jagielka is still touch-and-go. KO is 4.10pm on Sunday.
Tim Howard has signed a new contract with Everton that extends his existing deal by two years, the club have announced. The American, who has been in fine form in Roberto Martinez's first season in charge, has committed his future to the Blues until 2018.
Everton's top-four hopes took a hammer blow under the Goodison lights this evening as Crystal Palace inflicted on them only their second home defeat of the season. A first-half goal by Jason Puncheon and then another early in the second period from Scott Dann stunned the Blues who pulled one back through Steven Naismith, only to concede again to Cameron Jerome's strike 17 minutes from time. Kevin Mirallas' awareness allowed him to halve the deficit again late on as the Blues laid siege to the visitors' half but they couldn't rescue the game during an agonising finale.
Roberto Martinez says that while he expects David Moyes will be shown respect by Everton's fans on his return to Goodison Park, he explains that there cannot be a nice atmosphere during the game given its importance for the Blues' season.