Everton and Crystal Palace are looking for a strong result to take with them on the Premier League’s inaugural winter break. The Toffees are on a good run at present, while the opposite’s true for Palace.
Where and when: Goodison Park – 8 February, kick-off 12:30
Where you can see Everton vs. Crystal Palace: BT Sport
Last time: Neither side could make the breakthrough as the teams drew 0-0 at Selhurst Park in August.
Everton v Crystal Palace Predictions and Preview
Two managerial stalwarts in Carlo Ancelotti and Roy Hodgson go head-to-head on Merseyside this weekend. Everton are on a four-match unbeaten run at the moment, while they’re unbeaten in their last 10 against Crystal Palace. The Toffees have won four of those, including each of the last two meetings between the sides at Goodison Park.
The home fans will be optimistic their team can make that three in a row, after seeing the Blues come from two goals down to win 3-2 at in-form Watford last weekend. Everton have only lost one of their last 10 Premier League fixtures, having lost eight of their previous 11.
Palace are in a similar rut to that themselves right now. They’ve only won one of their last 11 league games, and none of their last seven. Hodgson’s side did claim a point against Manchester City in their last away game, but they followed that up with back-to-back home defeats to Southampton and Sheffield United.
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Everton to win to nil
Crystal Palace to win 3-2
Calvert-Lewin to score first
The visitors will have to do without on-loan striker Cenk Tosun here, who’s ineligible to play against his parent club. He’s also struggling with a hamstring injury in any case. Jeffrey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho are both out too, while Fabian Delph misses out for Everton thanks to his red card last weekend.
Even without him, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Everton have the tools to get the job done here. The Toffees are the 4/6 favourites for the win, while Crystal Palace are 27/5 and the draw is available at 3/1.
One to watch for Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been transformed in recent months, and is now into double figures for Premier League goals this season. With seven in his last 10 appearances, he’s 9/2 to open the scoring here.
One to watch for Crystal Palace: The last Palace goal scored by a player available for this game was Jordan Ayew’s equaliser against Arsenal on 11 January. The Ghanaian striker is on six league goals for the campaign, and 10/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Palace’s last victory over Everton was back in 2014, when they recorded back-to-back 3-2 wins against the Toffees at Goodison Park. The visitors are 70/1 to win by the same scoreline here.