What The Papers Say - 13 February

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Everton face Crystal Palace on Monday (8pm GMT) at Goodison Park and the visitors may be without a key trio of players.

The Eagles fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea on Monday evening, and were without the injured Ebere Eze, Michael Olise and Marc Guehi for the all-London encounter.

Speaking after the loss, Hodgson was asked about their availability.

Quoted by journalist Edmund Brack, the Palace manager responded: "What can I say that will cheer the players up? I could possibly say, well, with the players we've got coming back and these guys doing so well, it bodes well for the future with the 14 games we have left.

“We still don’t know when Eze, Olise and Guehi will be back, so we might be battling through like we have done tonight for a few more games before we can look at a team which will threaten the opposition a bit more than we have done today.”

Elsewhere, former Blue Michael Ball believes Everton can take confidence from their performance during the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.

Reviewing that display while looking ahead to the next game, Ball, writing for the Liverpool ECHO, explained: “I walked away from the Etihad, and I was still pleased with the performance. The display should give Everton’s players more confidence now.

“Surely that has taught the team that they can play in a certain way and that they can force the issue and force errors. If you can make Manchester City concerned, then you can do that against anyone, and we can take these levels into the rest of the season.

"I think we all knew in the backs of our mind going to Manchester City that Crystal Palace was going to be a huge game for us and one in which we must keep the same level of performance up in. Even though they’re missing around three of their key players it doesn’t mean you can go about floating around, thinking it’s going to be an easy game.

“We’ve already played Palace three times this season, so we know what they’re capable of. We have to maintain the desire and mentality shown in the Manchester City game and keep to that level.”