Predicted Everton XI to play Crystal Palace - McGeady to start as only change

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Match to be played Wednesday 12th February at 19:45 GMT. Venue: Goodison Park, Everton.

Everton have a quick chance to turn things around after a 1-0 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend.

The Toffees have played some inconsistent football this season; brilliant at one moment and falling to defeat in matches several expect them to compete more in.

Roberto Martinez has several key players missing but he can still name a strong side. Here’s the eleven he may go with.

GK – Tim Howard

The American is one of the most experienced players that Martinez has at his disposal. He’s reliable and he’ll do his basic job at the back well.

RB – Seamus Coleman

Coleman has only just come back from a brief injury spell but he looked quite sharp against Spurs. He’ll be better for that game time and he’ll be involved in the play at both ends.

CB – Phil Jagielka

Jagielka will be urging the back four to stay solid and play simple football in training today and tomorrow. His leadership skills will be tested if Everton go behind early on.

CB – Sylvain Distin

Distin needs to impose himself on this game early. He’ll be a very important player if Palace look to hit Everton over the top, as he’s a good defender when it comes to the aerial challenge.

LB – Leighton Baines

Baines has been under pressure in a couple of games recently as sides have found ways to keep him quiet. He needs a big, dominating performance and his danger from set pieces doesn’t need to be sold.

RM – Aiden McGeady

Had just over 15 minutes against Tottenham so he’ll be fresh. His job in this game is simple; get on the ball and drive at the Palace defence to push them back and create space for others.

CM – Gareth Barry

Barry’s job is to sit and occupy space, making it difficult for Palace to move the ball around freely. He’s superb when it comes to digging in and cutting off the angles.

CM – James McCarthy

He was superb in terms of breaking up the play against Tottenham. He tackles well and is sensible in terms of the aggression he uses in the middle of the team. He’ll also press forward when Everton are on top.

CM – Leon Osman

Osman will probably play furthest forward out of all the central midfielders. He has enough experience and skill to be able to occupy the pockets of space which Palace create, getting on the ball to setup others.

LM – Steven Pienaar

He’ll be better for the game time he had against Tottenham and he should keep his place across the midfield. He’s a very difficult wide player to stop when he’s got the ball at his feet and attacking a defence.

ST – Kevin Mirallas

Mirallas’ pace is an asset but he may struggle to utilise it if the Palace defence drops deep. The Belgian will drift all over the attack and he’ll be a key threat from a variety of different positions.

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