An eagerly-anticipated Everton campaign kicked off with an away trip to Crystal Palace. Despite the late flurry of business at the end of the transfer window, Andre Gomes, signed permanently from Barcelona after his successful loan spell last season, was the only summer signing that started the game in South London.

Everton began well as Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a sitter with just a minute on the clock. But they failed to capitalise on this early pressure and went in at the break with the score still 0-0.

Entering the second half, Wilfried Zaha, who had been at the centre of a relentless saga between the two sides throughout the transfer window, came off the bench for Palace on 65 minutes and caused the Everton defence many problems which were further intensified by Morgan Schneiderlin’s controversial dismissal on 76 minutes for a second bookable offence but Everton held on for a goalless draw to kick off the season.

New signings Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean both made cameo appearances as substitutions in the second half and were warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic travelling Everton support. Yerry Mina particularly stood out as a star performer as the Colombian looked to fill the void left by the expiration of Kurt Zouma’s loan deal.

10th August 2019 –  Premier League

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