Everton vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Big Sam Allardyce welcomes one of his many former teams to Goodison Park.
Last time: A battle of big Belgians ended 1-1 in September 2016. Lukaku scored for the home side before Palace equalised through Benteke.
This time: Everton are 17/11 to win with Crystal Palace at 38/17 and the draw 41/18.
You might remember: Palace coming from behind to win 3-2 in 2014. Jedinak, Campbell and Bolasie got the goals for the visitors, with Lukaku and Baines scoring for the Toffees.
Everton's Last Six:
Everton’s last six: Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Lost: 4
Seamus Coleman missed the Arsenal defeat due to illness, but is expected to return here. Everton’s other injuries are more long-term. McCarthy, Baines and Funes Mori will all be out for a fair while yet.
Crystal Palace's Last Six:
Crystal Palace’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 2
Palace have one of the longest injury lists in the Premier League at the moment. Their treatment room currently contains the likes of Martin Kelly, Bakary Sako, Jeffrey Schlupp, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Everton will be looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat at Arsenal. Crystal Palace dominated Newcastle last time out, but could only draw 1-1. The visitors need the points slightly more, but Everton definitely owe their fans a performance.
Everton are 17/11 to win, and they have only lost one of their last eight league games at Goodison Park. They’ve also only won one of the last four, though, and Leicester had enough chances to take something from that match.
Crystal Palace are priced at 38/17 to head back to London with all three points. Their form on the road is very good, with a defeat at Arsenal their only loss in their last seven away matches in the Premier League.
The draw can be backed at 41/18, and is a definite possibility. Both teams have drawn around a third of their matches this season, and neither side has seen too many goals in most of their recent games. This could very easily be a stalemate.
Wayne Rooney is 5/1 to open the scoring, or 9/4 to net at any point. He is the Toffees’ top scorer this season, and takes their penalties. Everton have won seven penalties this season, which is the most in the top flight, so he might have a chance to net one here.
Christian Benteke can be backed at 12/5 to get on the score sheet, or 11/2 to bag the first goal of the game. Although he hasn’t scored many this season, the former Liverpool man has had countless opportunities to get more goals. He scored at West Ham recently, so let’s see if he can net for the second away match in a row.
Predicted Score: Everton 1 - 1 Crystal Palace
Look out for:
A red card for Palace? The Eagles are definitely due one in the Premier League, as they haven’t had one for almost two years and have received the second-most yellow cards without a sending off in the division this season.
Under 2.5 goals, at 7/11. Two naturally conservative managers lock horns here, and Everton have seen fewer than three goals in four of their last six home games.
It’s a long shot, but:
Over 5.5 goals at 22/1. Both of these teams are in the Premier League’s bottom six for defensive records in 2017/18. If there’s a couple of early goals, all hell could break loose.
Written by Andrew Beasley
Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.