Everton’s Most Important Wins in the 2020/21 Premier League

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Everton’s 2020/21 season, the second with Carlos Ancelotti ahead of the squad, was far from a success. After a promising start, the Toffees became too inconsistent, struggling to win at Goodison Park, and eventually landed in tenth place. Despite this, Everton improved from their 2019/20 run and even achieved some memorable wins in the meantime. 

In this article, we will look at some of the most important wins for Everton in the 2020/2021 season.

Liverpool v Everton (0-2)

After two disappointing defeats at home, against Fulham, who only had two wins in the Premier League until then, and then against league leaders, Manchester City, Everton was eighth in the league. Going into their match against Liverpool at Anfield, it was imperative to bounce back and earn some points so that Everton could stay within the top half of the table. In fact, they would go on to achieve this by the end of the season. In contrast, this season they are struggling to string any results together and according to outright football Premier League betting odds, they are priced at odds of 10/11 to finish in the relative safety of the top half of the table.

However, as it turns out, a derby is a game that knows no limits and, for the first time in more than a decade, Everton defeated Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp's men suffered their fourth defeat in a row that season, but what most fans will remember is the fact that Richarlison entered fans' memory once and for all, by swiftly taking advantage of James Rodríguez's pass to make it 1-0. 

Additionally, that was also the day that Jordan Pickford, now back to his finest performances, proved heroic in preserving the advantage until minute 83 came, and Gylfi Sigurdsson called it a game with the 2-0. In the end, this important result came just at the right time, in what was one of the most iconic moments in Toffees’ recent history.

Crystal Palace v Everton (1-2)

With two games played in the new 2020/2021 season, Everton was looking sharp. The team had defeated Mourinho’s Spurs in London and then comfortably won against Bromwich at home, scoring 6 goals and only conceding in both games. However, a third victory could see them make history.

Everton visited Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, who had also won their first two games, including an away victory against Manchester United for 3-1. The Toffees scored first when they were just ten minutes into the game and even though they were controlling the match, Crystal Palace made it a draw at minute 26. However, before the break, Richarlison, who just recently recovered from an injury, scored the winning goal.

This was the first time in 27 years that Everton won their first three games in the Premier League. They would improve this record in the following game when they won their fourth game in a row, which made them the league leaders for the following two rounds.

Everton v Chelsea (1-0)

With Christmas around the corner and after a series of bad results, in which the Toffees only won one of their last seven games, Everton hosted Chelsea, who had been unbeatable in their past 17 games across all competitions and were third just two points behind Tottenham and Liverpool.

The only goal of the game came in the 21st minute of the match. Calvert-Lewin was fouled inside the area by goalkeeper Édouard Mendy, who ran into the English forward after trying to clear a lost ball out of the area. In the decisive moment, without an inch of hesitation, Sigurdsson gave the Toffees the lead.

While this wasn’t one of Everton’s most spectacular wins, it was a strong demonstration of commitment and defensive stability. With Chelsea dominating for most of the game, the team was able to hold on to the one-goal lead and even created chances in the second half to make it two. 

The victory would prove particularly important, not only because it put Everton just two points behind third-place Chelsea and ended the Blues unbeatable run, but also because it was the first of four consecutive victories before the end of 2020.

While these are Everton's most memorable wins from the 2020/2021 season, their 1-0 opening victory in the Premier League over Tottenham or two triumphs against Arsenal are also high moments in the last year’s run.

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