Michael Ball acknowledges that his forecast on the outcome of Crystal Palace vs. Everton’s Premier League match was completely incorrect.
The former Everton player predicted that the match at Selhurst Park on Saturday, November 11, “will not be a great watch on the eye” because of the playing styles of the two teams.
That was not the case, though, as they engaged in a nail-biting contest in South London that saw Everton win 3-2 in the end.
“How wrong was I in my column last week because with neither side being great in possession, I wasn’t expecting an exciting football match for the neutrals,” Ball wrote in his weekly Liverpool Echo column on November 13.
“It was ups and downs for Evertonians, but it was great for them.”
Ball’s comments from last week made sense because it was anticipated that both teams would take a slight defensive stance in the hopes of creating counterattacking openings.
Prior to the weekend, Selhurst Park was the Premier League venue with the fewest goals scored this season, so all the signs pointed to a low-key, low-scoring game.
But when Vitaliy Mykolenko gave Everton the lead, that was essentially thrown out of the window in under a minute. Odsonne Edouard and Eberechi Eze both equalized for Palace in the second half after Abdoulaye Doucoure had given the Toffees the lead again.
Idrissa Gueye, a late substitute, scored the game’s winner to maintain Sean Dyche’s team’s winning streak. The team worked hard to earn the victory.
Everton has scored three goals in a game for the third time in their last seven league games, which is a nice improvement from the beginning of the season.
Now, we need to maintain this pattern when club play picks back up in the hopes of pulling further clear of the bottom three.