England Premier League
Monday 5th April 2021
Kick off at 6pm BST
Venue: Goodison Park
How do you see your drink, half full or half empty? This is the metaphor of Everton’s season thus far. The fact that the club would be in 15th position based on their home form alone, or the fact that Carlo Ancelotti’s team would be in 4th place if they can win their 2 games in hand they have over some of the teams in front of them.
Coming into this game in 8th place, talk of a top four finish seems ludicrous but it is on the cards since Chelsea surprisingly were crushed by 19th placed West Bromwich Albion over the weekend, welcome to the Premier League 2020/21 season, where seemingly anything can happen.
On paper Everton look good for the win against Crystal Palace and have a decent record over the Eagles. However this is Goodison Park where Everton have already lost recent games to the likes of Fulham and Burnley, two teams with all due respect the Toffee’s would have been expected to take six points from. Everton have lost their last two games but perhaps the international break has been a good thing for the club and hopefully from a fans perspective it can refresh the players and they can start the final lap and try to have a strong finish.
Crystal Palace have done enough to be safe and are in 12th place with 37 points. Victory on Monday cannot move them anywhere but they will have put more pressure on Leeds and Arsenal, they will also reach the 40 point marker. Palace have lost just once in their last five games and overall they have been a difficult team to pin down. Quite stubborn and organised in defence but also unpredictable. A team that can go to Old Trafford and get a 0-0 result and then ship four goals at Tottenham. The good news for the players is that they will be relaxed and can enjoy their football now, they are not going to blow an 11 point lead over 18th place with 9 games to go.
Everton: Bernard has a knock and is a doubt. Tom Davies will have be assessed after his knock. Fabian Delph is out with a tendon injury. An update on Aboudayle Doucoure suggests that the midfielder could miss the rest of the season with his foot injury. Ben Godfrey has a knock but is being tipped to be fine for this game. Jordan Pickford has a muscle injury he will be assessed but could miss this one and return next week instead.
Crystal Palace: Nathaniel Clyne has a knock and will be assessed he is 50/50 to play. Nathan Ferguson will also be assessed due to a lack of match fitness after an injury lay off. James McArthur is a big doubt for this game with his calf, Tyrick Mitchell could return from his muscle injury and is being tipped to do so. James Tomkins is out with an on going eye injury.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Head to Head:
Everton won this fixture last season 3-1.
Crystal Palace have not won at Goodison Park since 2014.
There is a 60% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Everton have scored 5 goals past Crystal Palace in the last 2 meetings.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Prediction:
Everton’s poor home form aside, the temptation is to still back them here for the win. The club have rested but also have more motivation as they could really push for a top four finish. Palace have done well enough to ensure their survival this season and that can be dangerous too as the players go out and play with no tension and pressure.
Everton cannot afford to keep up their overall poor form and they have a good recent record over Palace. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored in the teams last two meetings and he is worth backing to score anytime. If Everton can click and start brightly, which has been their problem at home we could see a few goals and we expect to see an entertaining game.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips:
Everton to beat Crystal Palace at 1.80
Anytime goalscorer: Dominic Calvert-Lewin at 2.10
Goal line (Over 2) at 1.76