Everton v Crystal Palace Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Everton v Crystal Palace

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Saturday, February 8, 2020


Goodison Park

Punter's Pick

Both teams will be confident that they can get something out of this game heading in but Everton have been instilled as favourites and we feel this is justified. The Toffees have been in good form coming into this game with Palace not winning a game for seven matches. Roy Hodgson’s men will most likely absorb a lot of pressure and Everton have the quality of SIgurdsson, Richarlison, Walcott and Iwobi to exploit their defensive woes. We are backing the 8/13 offered by Bet365 for an Everton win. There is also a high likelihood of corners based on previous encounters and over 10 has been generously priced at 5/6 by the same bookmaker.

Everton welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park as both teams are delicately poised between the bottom three and challenging for a European place. Although both will feel they have more than enough to avoid a relegation scrap, winning this game will allow each to get closer to the magical 40 point mark.

Everton have shown signs of improvement under Carlo Ancelotti and come into this game unbeaten in their last four league games. The Italian will be particularly pleased with their showing last time out with the team battling to a win despite being two goals down and playing the last 20 minutes with ten men. Watford who have greatly improved under Nigel Pearson are a feared side at home and looked good for another three points having gone two ahead courtesy of Adam Masina and Roberto Pereyra. But Yerry Mina scored two goals when up for set pieces and even after Fabian Delph was sent off, the Toffees continued to battle and got the winner through Theo Walcott. Having gained eight points from a possible 12 in their last four games the team are only four points off a European place and securing that would be a huge boost after the team’s struggles under Marco Silva.

Crystal Palace are struggling of late with their form being described as patchy at best. The team has not won any of their last six league games with four draws and most recently two losses on the bounce. In between those results Roy Hodgson’s men were knocked out of the FA Cup by Derby and now go into this game just six points above the relegation zone. Goals have been the issue all season for the Eagles and just one goal in their last four home games has illustrated this point. The team is usually set up to defend and be difficult to play against but too often when they break up the opposition’s attack, it leads to nothing as there isn’t anyone to spearhead a counter attack or hold up the ball. This has enabled teams that pass well to prosper at Selhurst Park with both Southampton and Sheffield United winning in their last two games, with the hosts unable to get on the scoresheet. More needs to be done to support the likes of Wilfried Zaha as the team are struggling to penetrate the opposition’s backline.

In team news Everton will be without Fabian Delph who will be suspended after his red card against Watford. Morgan Schneiderlin is likely to deputise for the England man with Gylfi Sigurdsson likely to partner the Frenchman. The Toffee’s also remain without long-term absentee Jean-Philippe Gbamin but will be buoyed by the news that Andre Gomes could feature before the end of the month.

Crystal Palace will be without Cenk Tosun, Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp. Cheikhou Kouyaté could be preferred in midfield to add some steel with Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew both looking to lead the line for the visitors.

Punter's Pick

Both teams will be confident that they can get something out of this game heading in but Everton have been instilled as favourites and we feel this is justified. The Toffees have been in good form coming into this game with Palace not winning a game for seven matches. Roy Hodgson’s men will most likely absorb a lot of pressure and Everton have the quality of SIgurdsson, Richarlison, Walcott and Iwobi to exploit their defensive woes. We are backing the 8/13 offered by Bet365 for an Everton win. There is also a high likelihood of corners based on previous encounters and over 10 has been generously priced at 5/6 by the same bookmaker.

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