England Premier League
Thursday 19th May 2022
Kick off at 7:45pm BST
Venue: Goodison Park
It was expected that Everton wouldn’t be in the position that they find themselves in on Thursday evening. Victory at home over Brentford would have secured the clubs Premier League status after a nervous run, and some fans just want it confirmed because there is the real threat that Everton could still be relegated.
Last weekend was poor for the Toffees although they ended up with 9 players in the end after two sending off’s and again had some decisions against them. However being 2-1 up at home at half time with the crowd behind them it felt like this would be the game to confirm survival but Brentford came back and won 3-2. Everton now get a second bite of the cherry, win here and they stay up, a draw or defeat would mean everything coming down to the last game of the season.
Everton have been poor this season but let’s analyse their home form. Recent home form has seen only 1 defeat from their last 5 with 10 points earned from a possible 15. Overall it’s 8 wins but also 8 defeats with two draws. Despite the clubs overall poor form at home they have a +1 goal difference
Crystal Palace are in 13th place and have 45 points and could still finish in the top half of the table if they secure wins in their last two games of the season. Form for Palace is very good and they come here unbeaten in their last four games and that says a lot about the backbone of Patrick Vieira’s side given that they haven’t had much to play for in the last couple of months. Palace’s last game was also away from home and that ended in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
On the road it’s been just four wins for the Eagles but in 11 of their 18 games played they have avoided defeat. With the Villa draw they have also beaten Southampton meaning that they gone their last two games away without defeat.
Everton: Salomon Rondon is suspended for three games after his sending off at the weekend and misses the rest of the season. Jarrad Brantwaite is suspended for this game after his sending off. Ben Godfrey has a lack of match fitness but could be assessed ahead of the game. Fabian Delph is a major doubt and could struggle to return for the remainder of the season with a muscle issue. Yerry Mina is another doubt with a calf injury and may not return this season. Donny van de Beek will be assessed due to a lack of match fitness. Nathan Patterson and Andros Townsend are out for the season.
Crystal Palace: Michael Olise is out for the remainder of the season after picking up a foot injury. James McArthur has a muscle injury and is a big doubt to make this game. Nathan Ferguson has been ruled out for the season because of fitness issues.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Head to Head:
Crystal Palace have won the last two meetings against Everton scoring 7 goals past them.
Crystal Palace have not won at Goodison Park in almost 8 years.
Four of the last 5 meetings has seen both teams to score.
There is a 60% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Prediction:
This could easily turn into Brentford mark 2 for Everton, who will start as the favourites, have the home crowd right behind them for every second of the game and the atmosphere will be electric. However there has to be some doubt after how the Brentford game played out. Everton manager Frank Lampard was right to point out though that his side were playing to his plans, and the game could have easily been 2-0 before Brantwaite’s sending off. Games can be turned on such small incidents but Everton need to play at 200% to get the win here.
Palace have proved time and again they are a quality side and can be hard to break down. They come here with nothing to lose and the players can enjoy this game and could well take the relegation battle to the last game of the season. As for Everton they need to be realistic. If they don’t get the job done here they may have to travel to Arsenal to stay up and playing Arsenal away from home is not a happy hunting ground for the Toffees. One also has to consider that the game is a must win for the Gunners as they try to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Everton need to be all in on Thursday evening, it will be quite a game at the famous old stadium and emotions will be running high.
Everton vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (+0.5 Crystal Palace) at 2.04
Anytime goalscorer: Dominic Calvert-Lewin at 2.50
Anytime goalscorer: Wilfried Zaha at 4.00
Over 2.5 goals at 2.00