Everton are "mentally refreshed" and ready to tackle Liverpool in the Merseyside derby after ending their eight-match winless streak at Crystal Palace, according to Roberto Martinez.
Boss Martinez hailed his beleaguered side for turning the "chore" of chasing victories into "an opportunity," with Romelu Lukaku firing his second goal in three games.
Belgium striker Lukaku has endured a tough month after the death of close friend and former Anderlecht academy teammate Junior Malanda.
Alan Pardew's honeymoon period as Crystal Palace manager was ended as an early Romelu Lukaku goal earned Everton a much-needed 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park.
Having won his first four games at the helm, returning hero Pardew was unable to inspire yet another comeback as Lukaku struck inside two minutes to claim all three points and hand Roberto Martinez and Everton their first Premier League victory since Dec. 15.
Palace had won from losing positions in both of Pardew's opening league fixtures in...
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes Europa League clubs should be given more time to recover for Premier League matches, claiming the current schedule is "not fair."
Palace host Everton on Saturday, knowing a win will see them leapfrog Roberto Martinez's side, who have endured a disappointing campaign so far.
Everton have won only two out of six matches following Europa League games this season and Pardew believes the tournament's schedule is a heavy burden to bear.
"You only have to look...