England Premier League
Saturday 8th February 2020
Kick off at 12:30pm GMT
Venue: Goodison Park
There’s no getting away from the fact that Everton have improved hugely since Carlo Ancelotti took over as manager, after flirting with relegation before him, the club are now in 9th place and above Arsenal.
Everton have gone their last 4 games unbeaten, although two of them have been draws and the fans would like to see some winning consistency, which could put the club in a position for European football next season.
At home the club have won 50% of their games, whilst that isn’t poor they should be pushing for 60%. They haven’t lost at Goodison this year so far and their last result at the ground ended in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle. That result was painful for the club as they were infamously 2-0 up in the 4th minute of injury time, but football as they say can be a funny old game. Ancelotti is still learning about his squad on a daily basis but there have certainly been signs of encouragement from the players and from him.
Crystal Palace are in 14th place but if they win they would join Everton on the same points - there are still fine margins in the league. Palace’s form though is not good and they have lost back to back games coming into this match, and haven’t won in the league since Boxing Day.
On the road the Eagles results have been dominated more by draws, with 5 so far from 12 games and that includes drawing their last 3 consecutive matches. They have no wins away from home in over 3 months and have gained 14 points from a possible 36.
Everton: Fabian Delph is suspended for this game after his two bookings v Watford. Andres Gomes is due back in two weeks time after his horrific injury earlier in the season but is back in training.
Crystal Palace: Martin Kelly has been ruled out with a calf injury. Cenk Tosun is ineligible to play against Everton but also has a hamstring injury anyway.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Head to Head:
Last season Everton won this fixture 2-0.
The last two meetings have taken place at Crystal Palace and have both ended goalless.
Crystal Palace have not won at Goodison Park since 2014, 4 games ago.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Prediction:
This should be a routine victory for Everton, if there is such a thing. Confidence is good and they have a good record against Palace who are not getting the right results. The score could be low and the home side will have to work for the points but they possess enough quality to be winning this. With so many clubs not playing this week this match represents a huge opportunity for Everton to move into 7th place and really feel that their season can be saved. As for Palace this will be a very hard game for them and their best option will be to defend for long periods and try and counter. Everton do not have the best defence and have conceded 5 goals in their last three games and that is what Palace need to be working on.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips:
Everton to beat Crystal Palace at 1.62
Anytime goalscorer: Dominic Calvert-Lewin at 2.50
Everton to score 2+ goals at 1.83