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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Everton players celebrate Romelu Lukaku of Everton scoring during the Premier League match between Everton and Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on September 17, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

By Guest Writer. LAST UPDATED September 30th, 2016

Friday Night Football returns with Everton hosting the Eagles

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Tonight sees Everton host Crystal Palace in a competitive contest between two teams who have both showed solid form early in the season. Ronald Koeman’s men have shown good potential this season, winning four and only losing once.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on September 17, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Eagles have started the season steadily, sitting in seventh place with 10 points. Last week’s comeback win against Sunderland proved the team are finally bonding after an influx of summer transfer signings.

Looking to return to winning ways on the third Friday Night Football of the season, Ronald Koeman’s side could rise to second place with a win while Alan Pardew’s men can climb as high as third with a large enough victory.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace in action during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Crystal Palace FC on September 24, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Steve  Welsh/Getty Images)

Several Palace players including Wilfried Zaha, Scott Dann and James Tomkins are likely to miss out with injuries. No return dates have been pencilled in for the trio. Romelu Lukaku starts despite concerns picking up a minor toe issue.

Fans will be hoping for the complete opposite of what happened when last Palace hosted Everton in April when the two teams played out a desperately dull goalless draw.

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