May 18, 2024

Everton: Pardew responds to point deduction claim amid relegation verdict

Alan Brazil interrupts Alan Pardew live on air with Everton points deduction argument

Alan Pardew responds to points deduction claim in Everon relegation verdict

Alan Pardew has claimed that Everton will have enough to avoid relegation this season unless they suffer a points deduction as has been suggested if they are found guilty of alleged financial breaches.

The former Crystal Palace manager was previewing Saturday’s clash at Selhurst Park as he insisted Sean Dyche would view the game as one to take some points from.

Pardew claimed that Ebere Eze and Jordan Ayew would be the key players for Crystal Palace, but Everton are in form and could cause problems for the Londoners and avoid getting into trouble at the bottom of the table.

Pardew was speaking live on talkSPORT [10 November, 09:42], when he claimed ahead of the game: “I think Dyche will be looking at that thinking we can go there and cause them problems.

“I don’t think Palace have been brilliant this year, they’re just sort of doing enough. Jordan Ayew is so important to them on that right-hand side, such a key player.

“But I think Eze is back and that’s going to help them because I think his stats in the Premier League are right up there in terms of creative ability and dribbling. So you know that will be a massive bonus if he can start the game.

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“But Everton, yeah, going well, and I can’t see them getting involved down the bottom now, those three of four teams down there look like…” before Alan Brazil chimed in: “Unless the points deduction comes in, Al” to which Pardew responded “Yeah, exactly.”

A tightly-contested fixture

While Palace may not have been in the best form leading into this game, their record at Selhurst Park speaks volumes about how Roy Hodgson has got his side performing so far this season.

Losses to high-flying Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City are the only defeats in Palace’s last 15 home games, keeping Selhurst Park up with its connotations of being a difficult place for away sides to go and get three points.

Similarly to Dyche, Hodgson’s style of play is focused on defensive stability first and foremost, before letting the more talented and expressive players do their thing in the final third, able to play through the lines but also to go direct when necessary.

The return of Eze could cause problems as Pardew suggested, but Everton have had their own fitness boosts as Amadou Onana, Jarrad Branthwaite and Abdoulaye Docuoure are all thought to be fit for the clash.

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