Everton (9-6-10) vs. Crystal Palace (7-9-9)
Premier League: February 8, 2020 at 7:30 am EST (Goodison Park)
Line and Odds: Everton -145/ Crystal Palace +509 — Over +101/ Under -110
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Ancelotti will hope Everton can extend unbeaten streak
Everton host Crystal Palace in Matchday 26 of the Premier League. The outfit from Merseyside will begin the match in ninth, a stark improvement after a terrible start to the season under Marco Silva. The visitors on the other hand lie 14th, a rather unflattering position largely caused by injuries and inconsistency.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be somewhat satisfied with their run of games coming into this match. Everton lost the first of their last five games, a rather bitter 1-0 reverse to a second-string Liverpool side to be dumped out of the FA Cup. Since then, the Blues haven’t lost a single game, winning and drawing two apiece of their last four matches. They first beat Brighton 1-0 at home, before drawing 1-1 at West Ham and 2-2 at home to Newcastle. But they come into this clash with momentum, securing a last-ditch 3-2 victory over Watford despite being a man down. Everton will hope they won’t have to sweat as much on Saturday and will hope to put up a dominant performance.
Roy Hodgson, on the other hand, has plenty to ponder over. Crystal Palace are winless in their last five matches, drawing two and losing three. The Eagles were first dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship outfit Derby County in a 1-0 home loss. They then drew 1-1 with a struggling Arsenal side in the league before rallying back to draw 2-2 against Manchester City at the Etihad. They have lost two games in a row since, 2-0 against Southampton and 1-0 against Sheffield United and come into this match low on confidence and with several questions that they just don’t seem to be able to find answers to.
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– Everton are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Premier League matches.
– Everton are 6-5-1 ATS at home in the Premier League this season.
– Everton are 11-14 O/U in the Premier League this season.
– Crystal Palace are 5-3-2 ATS in their last 10 Premier League matches.
– Crystal Palace are 7-4-1 ATS away from home in the Premier League this season.
– Crystal Palace are 7-17-1 O/U in the Premier League this season.
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Last Time Out
The teams played out a goalless stalemate last time out at Selhurst Park on the first Matchday of the 2019-20 Premier League season. Chances were at a minimum, with Everton and Palace managing just five shots on target combined. There was some drama late on as Morgan Schneiderlin got sent off for the visitors after a second bookable offence with less than fifteen minutes to full-time. But the Blues held on to get their sixth opening match draw in the last seven seasons.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be Everton’s most vital player on Saturday. The English forward has 10 goals in the Premier League so far and has excelled under Ancelotti. Calvert-Lewin is lethal in the box and links up well with the likes of Richarlison and Theo Walcott. A good performance here might just help his case in making the England squad for Euro 2020 with both Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane nursing injuries.
Palace will hope Jordan Ayew will come good on Saturday. The Ghanian international has scored six goals in the league this season and is Palace’s top-scorer. Ayew last scored in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal, which is one out of the abysmal three-goal tally his side have managed in their last five matches, with an own-goal and currently injured Cenk Tosun completing the other two. Palace will need the striker to put in a good shift against Everton to secure a positive result, which will hopefully give them confidence and impetus to turn around their season in the months left of the season.
Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are notable absentees, with both recuperating from long-term injuries. Fabian Delph is suspended, after getting sent off against Watford last week.
Predicted Line-up: Pickford; Digne, Holgate, Mina, Sidibe; Iwobi, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Walcott; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Cenk Tosun is out injured, but would not have been able to face parent-club Everton regardless as he joined Palace on loan from the Blues in January. Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp are the only other names on Hodgson’s injury list, which should give him some much-needed depth.
Predicted Line-up: Guaita; Van Aanholt, Cahill, Tomkins, Ward; Zaha, McArthur, Milivojevic, McCarthy, Ayew; Benteke.