Everton VS Crystal Palace Prediction
Round 7 of English Premier League kick-offs on Friday night when “Goodison Park” in Liverpool is set to host a clash facing against each other Everton and Crystal Palace. This will be last game for both sides before break for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and it’s obvious both managers will be keen to squeeze maximum out of it. Duel between recognizable names like Ronald Koeman and Alan Pardew makes that game even more intriguing and we have two sides who enjoy to a relatively strong start of the new 2016-17 football season.
Everton vs Crystal Palace – Team News and Match Preview
Everton gained momentum in opening weeks of the season but Ronald Koeman’s men lost their last two matches. “The Toffees” were in a six-game unbeaten run before losing a League Cup fixture against Norwich City (0-2) last Tuesday, followed by another weekend defeat when Everton suffered first Premier League defeat – 0-1 in Bournemouth. Thus Everton’s streak from four consecutive league wins has been ended, but they still remain fifth and “Blues” from Merseyside are sharing same number of points with Arsenail and their city rivals Liverpool. Meanwhile second placed Tottenham is with just one point ahead so this virtually means Everton can climb to second position if they beat Crystal Palace, as they have good chance for keeping it through the break.
Tottenham will host to leaders Manchester City while Arsenal and Liverpool will play away from home, so potential win for Everton, especially if it’s with more than a goal, can be significant for their morale and for any further hopes.
Three from the upcoming four rounds, after Friday’s match, are away from home and this includes visits against Man City and Chelsea, so Ronald Koeman can be very pleased if his lads are back on track before round 9, right after the break, when Everton have a scheduled game at the “Etihad Stadium” in Manchester.
Crystal Palace started the new season with two narrow defeats by WBA and Spurs, but it seems that their League Cup win against Blackpool was the breaking point. It has been followed by a draw against Bournemouth (1-1) and three consecutive Premier League wins, which places “The Eagles” on just three points behind Everton. Great form shown by Alan Pardew’s men and besides their League Cup elimination by Ronald Koeman’s former club Southampton, Crystal Palace are definitely in form. These three wins came with 9 goals for “Glaziers” but we must also note they have conceded in any of them – 2-1 vs Middlesbrough, 4-1 vs Stoke City and last weekend’s dramatic comeback in Sunderland – from 0-2 to 3-2.
Everton vs Crystal Palace – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Everton have been significantly backed by the bookies despite both defeats in last 10 days and they must overcame one bad tendency when it comes to home matches vs Crystal Palace. “The Toffees” failed to win in any of their home games vs “The Eagles” since Crystal Palace’s Premier League resurrection in season 2013-14, which includes two defeats (both were with 2-3) and a draw from last season (1-1).
Matthew Pennington, Tyias Browning, Muhamed Besic, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy are all injured and expected to miss another game, while Leighton Baines is still doubtful after he missed last round’s trip to South England. His potential absence may open another chance for Bryan Oviedo and Ronald Koeman should think about more. One of the predicted rotations is regarding Kevin Mirallas’ starting position on the left flank, where Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu are among eventual replacements. Otherwise all other positions look solid and we don’t expect some serious changes to be made by Dutch expert, not after just one league defeat…
Crystal Palace will travel to Liverpool in superb mood and with desire to earn a point, or why not something more, from their visit at the “Goodison Park”. Scott Dann, Pape Souaré and Loïc Remy form the trio that will miss the game for sure, while Wilfried Zaha remains a doubt due to a slight hamstring strain.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Like we already highlighted Everton were determined for strong favourites for winning that game and odds for a home win in some of the biggest UK sports betting operators are varying between 1.69 and 1.75 (in decimal odds). However, if we keep in mind that Crystal Palace have been an underwater stone for Everton at their home, at least in their recent h2h history, as well as that Crystal Palace have found their form, we’re not so tempted by these odds.
Our betting recommendation relating the round 7 Premier League opener will be for a potential goal scorer. Romelu Lukaku has already scored 4 goals in 5 league games and Belgian striker of Everton is the usual suspect who must finalize the scoring chances. Lukaku has also scored three goals in the last four meetings between Everton and Crystal Palace, as the only time when he couldn’t was the goalless draw from April this year, which is actually their latest encounter. Medium stakes on Romelu Lukaku as an Anytime Goalscorer.
Venue: “Goodison Park”, Liverpool.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg.
Possible starting lineups of Everton and Crystal Palace
Everton: Maarten Stekelenburg – Bryan Oviedo, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Seamus Coleman – Gareth Barry, Idrissa Gueye – Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie – Romelu Lukaku. (4-2-3-1)
Crystal Palace: Steve Mandanda – Joel Ward, James Tomkins, Damien Delaney, Martin Kelly – James McArthur, Joe Ledley – Jason Puncheon, Yohan Cabaye, Andros Townsend – Christian Benteke. (4-2-3-1)