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Everton vs Crystal Palace - The Toffees set for win in open encounter

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Everton vs Crystal Palace Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Everton look set to pick the points against Crystal Palace at Goodison park (Getty Images)

Everton vs Crystal Palace Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Everton will be targeting their third consecutive Premier League victory when they take on Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. Both teams have looked shaky at the back this season and should serve up goals on Sunday.

Everton FC


The Toffees head into this weekend's action off the back of a 2-1 victory away at Leicester City. Richarlison opened the scoring on seven minutes before Gylfi Sigurdsson struck the winner late in the second half.

Marco Silva's team are currently 11th on the table having claimed just three wins so far this season. They have been hampered by a shaky backline which has seen them keep just one clean sheet in eight matches.

Kurt Zouma and Michael Keane have been the ones holding the fort at the back for Everton and both men should retain their place in the team. The Toffees have some decent quality going forward with the likes of Richarlison, Bernard and Sigurdsson, all of whom will be looking to continue their good form.

Crystal Palace FC


The Eagles are coming off a disappointing loss at home against newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last Premier League fixture. Roy Hodgson's team missed several goal-scoring opportunities before falling to a 1-0 defeat.

Palace are enduring a poor campaign so far having claimed just two wins and suffered five defeats in their opening eight matches. Goals have been a problem for the London club as they have only found the net five times this season, the second poorest return in the league

Wilfried Zaha has once again been the standout player for Palace having netted three goals in seven matches. The Ivorian forward is expected to start on Saturday, although he has failed to score in his last four appearances.

Crystal Palace starman Wilfried Zaha has not scored in his last four matches (Getty Images)

Head-to-Head 


Everton have the slight edge in this fixture having claimed 14 wins and suffered 10 defeats in 26 previous matches against Crystal Palace. The Toffees are also unbeaten in the last six meetings with two wins in that run.

The last fixture between both teams at Goodison Park ended 3-1 in favour of the hosts. Sigurdsson, Tom Davies and Oumar Niasse got the goals for Everton while Luka Milivojevic struck a late consolation for Palace.

Match-Up


Everton have looked sharp in attack this season with Richarlison, Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott all impressing. The pace and movement of all three men should cause problems for James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho.

The hosts have not been too solid at the back and the duo of Zouma and Keane could find things difficult against Zaha, who appears to be the major attacking threat for Palace.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has been in good form for Everton and could be the key man for the hosts (Getty Images)

Key Statistics


  • Everton have won 6 of their last 11 home matches (Premier League).
  • Everton have conceded at least 1 goal in 4 of their last 5 home matches (Premier League).
  • Everton have seen Over 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 10 matches (Premier League).
  • Crystal Palace have lost 5 of their last 8 matches (Premier League).
  • Crystal Palace have scored at least 1 goal in 9 of their last 10 away matches (Premier League).
  • Both teams have scored in 6 of their last 9 meetings (All Competitions).

Verdict


Both teams have struggled defensively this season which could play into the hands of the forward players. There are likely to be goals in this one but Everton should do enough to claim the win in front of their fans.

Best Bet: Everton Win @ 1.87 - 5 Units
Value Bet: Everton Win & Over 2.5 goals @ 2.98 - 3 Units
Correct Score Bet: Everton Win 3-1 @ 15.00 - 1 Unit

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