By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has stated that Everton put in a “pretty average” performance in their defeat to Bournemouth, but expects them to bounce back with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.
The Toffees were beaten 1-0 by Eddie Howe’s side last Saturday, as Ronald Koeman’s men now take on Alan Pardew’s Palace at Goodison Park on Friday night.
The Merseyside club suffered their first defeat of the season last time out, but could still go into second place with a win at home to the Eagles.
Ex-Liverpool defender Lawrenson expects to see a “reaction” and a win from Everton, despite Palace beating Sunderland 3-2 last Saturday thanks to a 95th minute Christian Benteke header.
“Crystal Palace have won their last three Premier League games so their confidence will be sky high,” Lawrenson wrote on the BBC Sport website. “The fact the Eagles were in decent form already will have helped them come back from 2-0 to beat Sunderland last week.
“That was a game they should never have got anything from but, with half an hour to go, they still thought they had a chance.
“Everton have also been impressive but they suffered their first league defeat under Ronald Koeman at Bournemouth last time out. The Toffees put in a pretty average performance too, and I think we will see a reaction to that here.”
Koeman’s side have started the season brightly by winning six out of eight matches in all competitions this term.
The Toffees currently have 13 points from their opening six games and a victory against Palace would put them two points behind leaders Manchester City, who travel to Tottenham on Sunday.
Everton have conceded only four goals during this campaign, with Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs conceding the least amount in the league with three.
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