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Oumar Niasse rescues point for Everton in chaotic draw with Crystal Palace


This was a frenzied occasion, furiously contested in slippery conditions and richly entertaining as a result, but it was also evidence as to why these teams have endured such miserable campaigns to date. When Jordan Pickford dived to push away Luka Milivojevic’s vicious drive in stoppage time at the end, Crystal Palace’s last hopes of moving back within vague touching distance of the pack were gone. This was another improved display but the worry is if Everton, an awkward mishmash of a team at present, cannot be overcome, then who can?

It was Palace who were the more cohesive team throughout, and the more threatening with Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Ruben Loftus-Cheek irrepressible. Yet, for all that they could complain for Everton’s first equaliser, they gifted disjointed visitors a second route back into the game and, with it, shed two vital points. Roy Hodgson wore a scowl as he retreated while David Unsworth, still an Evertonian caretaker manager, thumped his chest in apparent pride. This was the first of eight games which will surely determine Palace’s campaign. It felt as if the chance to begin with a win had been passed up.

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David Unsworth insists he has not been undermined by Everton manager delay


• Caretaker unflustered by lengthy search for new manager at Goodison
• ‘Yes, they could have given me the job by now but I am still sat here’

David Unsworth insists he has not been undermined by Everton’s failure to appoint a new manager as their search for Ronald Koeman’s successor approaches a fifth week.

Unsworth remains in caretaker charge for Saturday’s visit to bottom club Crystal Palace after Everton’s advances towards Marco Silva were flatly rejected by Watford. Farhad Moshiri, the club’s major shareholder, may return with an improved offer for Silva – who on Fridaycalled Everton a “big club” – next week, although the Portuguese coach has not agitated for a move and Watford, who declined an £8.5m compensation package for the former Hull City manager, maintain the 40-year-old is going nowhere.

Related: Granit Xhaka: ‘My dad’s first few months in jail were OK, then the beatings started’

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Crystal Palace v Everton: match preview


These sides’ miserable starts cost them managers. Everton still wait to make a permanent appointment but they are in better shape now than a few weeks ago and ended an eight-match winless run just before the international break. They have also reintegrated Morgan Schneiderlin and Kevin Mirallas to the squad. Crystal Palace’s points tally for the season has been gleaned from their last two home fixtures, while Christian Benteke is fit again. Both teams will consider this an opportunity to maintain their recovery. Dominic Fifield

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Premier League health check: the overachievers and underperformers | Paul Wilson


The table doesn’t lie but teams such as Burnley and Brighton are exceeding all expectations while Swansea and Everton have disappointed badly. Here’s how the 20 sides rank based on early-season health and vigour

They say the league table never lies, and this is of course true. What they don’t tell you is that during the dog days of an international break, when nothing falls or rises and hopes and fears are put on temporary hold, the narrative becomes a bit less compelling.

You get sick of looking at the same thing, in other words, although Burnley, Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield will probably never tire of waiting for winter and the real meat of the season from a position in the top half of the table. As far as the first third of the season goes, some of those clubs are among the big winners, simply for delighting their fans by doing better than expected.

Related: The gulf between Arsenal and Tottenham is big – and it is getting bigger | Jonathan Wilson

Related: Alberto Moreno: ‘I used to think attack, attack, attack – but I have changed’

Related: All players have felt like Daniele De Rossi but we shouldn’t show it | Liam Rosenior

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If the Premier League is so strong, why are the promoted sides doing so well? | Paul Wilson


Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle are surpassing expectations and are showing clubs such as Everton and West Ham how it should be done

When Pep Guardiola suggested an English team could win the Champions League the other day he was asked if he did not consider the intensity of the Premier League a potential problem. Intensity being the word normally used to promote the idea that the English league is somehow tougher and more demanding than other leagues around Europe, with more competitive fixtures each weekend and a festive programme that usually sets out to be as gruelling as possible when other countries’ footballers are quite sensibly having a rest.

“No,” Guardiola said. “I don’t believe in that. I think the best team will win; it’s nothing to do with intensity.”

Related: David Moyes and West Ham both searching for their redemption stories | Barney Ronay

Related: The English managerial success story shunned by the Premier League

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Football transfer rumours: Everton to lure Diego Simeone from Atlético Madrid?


Today’s fluff is damp

Everton have stepped up their search for a new manager. Sean Dyche may offer promise, Sam Allardyce guarantees. But only Diego Simeone brings international glamour. Title-winning coaches from La Liga have done reasonably well on Merseyside in the past, so this could work, you know. And the prospect of a Merseyside derby with Simeone and Jürgen Klopp on a rolling boil in the dugouts? Yes please!

Related: Kevin Mirallas apologises for behaviour after Everton training session walkout

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Kevin Mirallas apologises for behaviour after Everton training session walkout


• Striker and Morgan Schneiderlin left out of Everton squad to face Watford
• Pair were involved in an incident at the club’s Finch Farm training ground

Kevin Mirallas has apologised on social media for his behaviour at an Everton training session last week.

The 30-year-old striker and Morgan Schneiderlin were left out of the Everton squad for Sunday’s 3-2 win over Watford after an incident at the club’s Finch Farm complex the previous day.

Related: Everton’s Schneiderlin and Mirallas dropped after walking out of training

I have to restore the truth after some articles in the medias. I was not excluded of the squad due to a lack of commitment during training this was a manager Decision And I was frustrated as I am fully committed in Everton since arriving in 2012 and I can’t accept our actual ranking….I apologize to the president and owner, my team mates and the manager for not being able to cope at that moment with my frustration.

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Everton’s Schneiderlin and Mirallas dropped after walking out of training


• The pair were left out of matchday squad to face Watford
• First-team coach Duncan Ferguson accused them of lack of commitment

Morgan Schneiderlin and Kevin Mirallas were omitted from Everton’s match-day squad against Watford on Sunday after walking out of a training session 24 hours earlier.

Duncan Ferguson, Everton’s first-team coach, was conducting a session at the club’s Finch Farm training ground on Saturday when he accused the pair of a lack of commitment. It is understood Ferguson told the two highly paid internationals that they should go back inside if they were not prepared to take the session seriously.

Related: Leighton Baines steps up to crown epic Everton comeback against Watford

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Everton’s Michael Keane called up by England for Germany and Brazil games


• Keane joins squad after Dele Alli is ruled out with hamstring injury
• Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Gary Cahill all face late fitness tests

Everton defender Michael Keane has been called up to the England squad for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil, replacing Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli.

The 24-year-old centre-back has the chance to earn his fifth England cap, having featured for Everton in the 3-2 win over Watford after recovering from a leg infection.

Related: Gareth Southgate warns England Under-17 world beaters to put team first

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Leighton Baines steps up to crown epic Everton comeback against Watford


David Unsworth may not get the Everton manager’s job he craves but he will never receive a better endorsement of his ability to generate spirit and fight in a team than what transpired on a remarkable evening at Goodison Park. Everton delivered the first win of his temporary reign in chaotic, calamitous and truly unforgettable style.

Watford led 2-0 just after the hour and Goodison was on the brink of revolt. Then came the fightback led by Oumar Niasse, levelled by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and sealed by Leighton Baines’ 91st-minute spot-kick, the left-back replacing Unsworth as Everton’s all-time leading penalty scorer in the process. It did not end there. In the 10 minute of 12 added on for injuries to Heurelho Gomes and Christian Kabasele, Jordan Pickford fouled Richarlison to concede another penalty. Tom Cleverley, a former Everton midfielder, stepped up. Goodison had a collective seizure. Cleverley missed.

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Arsenal and Everton stakeholders’ close ties laid bare in leaked files


Links between Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri prompt calls for broadening of Premier League ‘dual ownership’ rules

It is a tale of two major Premier League football clubs. And two billionaires. And how their close relationship and the opaqueness and secrecy of the companies they own in offshore tax havens has led to questions over who owns what. As a result, campaigners are calling for changes to the rules intended to safeguard the independent ownership of Premier League teams.

The story begins with Arsenal and a very rich supporter, the Uzbek-Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov. Ten years ago, Usmanov decided to buy a stake in the London Premier League giant whose home is the 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium, and he turned to the Isle of Man law firm Appleby to get it done.

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David Unsworth ignores insults and insists only Everton defeats hurt


• Caretaker manager goes into Watford game saying ‘my hurt is with our fans’
• Unsworth says struggling Everton just need a win to restore confidence

David Unsworth has said he is hurting because of Everton’s desperate results and not the personal insults that have been thrown his way since becoming caretaker manager.

Related: David Unsworth left wondering what he’s got himself into as Everton caretaker | Sachin Nakrani

Related: David Unsworth aims to land Everton job by proving he is a ‘winning manager’

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