Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
Crystal Palace and Everton could not be split as they played out a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
Palace’s build-up to the game was dominated by talk of Wilfried Zaha’s desire to move to Goodison Park and he was left on the bench. The visitors’ new recruits Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin were also handed substitute roles, while Alex Iwobi was left out of the 18.
The Toffees started well and had the first real chance when Bernard found Richarlison from a corner but his effort was well blocked. It was the visitors who continued to enjoy the upper hand but chances were few and far between as half-time closed in.
Palace finished the opening 45 the stronger, Max Meyer seeing a shot deflected over, while James Tomkins saw a header blocked wide.
While they were level at the break, the Toffees were second best and also lost Andre Gomes to injury, Gbamin getting an unplanned debut.
The game resumed with more of an edge, Luka Milivojevic following Morgan Schneiderlin into the book but Palace found their feet. Jordan Ayew should have given them the lead only to be foiled by Jordan Pickford, while the England goalkeeper also thwarted Meyer.
Zaha was introduced just after the hour and was soon followed on by Everton new boy Kean but the Toffees found themselves on the back foot soon after when Schneiderlin received a second caution for a foul on Milivojevic.
With 13 minutes to go, the Eagles were in the ascendancy but could not make a breakthrough.
In fairness to Everton, they managed the game well and a point apiece seemed a fair result with neither side doing enough to get off to a winning start.