EPL: Everton renaissance continues, Mariappa own-goal costs Watford

Carlo Ancelotti continues to work wonders at Everton, whose charge up the table goes on, but Watford missed an opportunity on the road.

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Everton's resurgence under Carlo Ancelotti continued with a comfortable 3-1 win over struggling Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Toffees were in the relegation zone when Marco Silva was sacked in December, but victory against Palace – which has now lost three in a row – leaves Everton just five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Bernard put Everton ahead in the 18th minute when he volleyed home Theo Walcott's delivery and the host remained in charge until early in the second half, as Jordan Pickford allowed Christian Benteke's effort to go under him.

Everton was back in front soon after, however – Richarlison darting through the Palace defence before finding the bottom corner.

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Palace did threaten another equaliser, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin converted from close range late on after Richarlison's headed attempt came back off the crossbar, wrapping up a fifth Premier League win in eight matches for Everton. 

At the Amex Stadium, an Adrian Mariappa own goal prevented Watford lifting itself out of the bottom three, as Brighton and Hove Albion claimed a 1-1 draw.

Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Watford a 19th-minute lead with a fine finish from just outside the area after Aaron Mooy had squandered possession.

There were few other moments of excitement until Brighton levelled 11 minutes from time – Mariappa, under no pressure, emphatically sending an Alireza Jahanbakhsh cross into his own net.

Watford remains in the relegation zone, while Brighton stays three points better off in 15th.

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