Goodison Park , Liverpool, England
Key Stat: No other team outside of the bottom four clubs has conceded more goals at home than Everton (22)
Expert Verdict: Both sides come into this fixture off the back of reasonable form, Everton have taken nine points from their last five games with Crystal Palace taking eight in the same period. However, Everton’s results at home from February onwards has been where their season has faltered. They have lost five games out of seven at Goodison Park including defeats to lowly Burnley, Newcastle and Fulham. Crystal Palace may therefore opt to have a real go at Everton, their next three fixtures see them up against three sides in the top four and they will want to get to 40 points sooner rather than later.
8th placed Everton welcome 14th placed Crystal Palace with the home side in danger of letting a season of immense promise drift into a mid-table finish. Three points for Carlo Ancelotti’s side would put them back in the hunt for a 5th placed Europa League spot. For Roy Hodgson’s men, a win would take them to the magical 40-point mark and allow them to play with freedom in their remaining eight fixtures. The Premier League match takes place on April 5 and the live action at Goodison Park kicks off at 18:00 local time.
Defenders:Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Lucas Digne
Attacking Midfielders:Tom Davies, Andre Gomes
Forwards:Richarlison, Dominic Calvert Lewin
Defenders:Joel Ward, Cheikhou Kouyate, Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt
Midfielders:Andros Townsend, Luka Milivojevic, Jairo Riedewald, Wilfred Zaha
Forwards:Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew
Everton have the upper hand against Palace with 22 wins compared to 13 for the South Londoners. However, these stats were a lot closer back in 2014, since then Everton have been unbeaten in the twelve match-ups. Everton came out on top at the end of September when they returned home from Selhurst Park with a 2-1 victory. Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring before Cheikhou Kouyate pegged Everton back. Richarlison struck the winner from the penalty spot in the 40th minute.
Everton are favourites and can be backed at 4/5 with 10Bet to win
Both sides to score has been set at 6/5 with Betway
Richarlison is 12/5 with 10Bet to score at any time
Crystal Palace will fancy their chances in the north-west and may well take the game to Everton who have been vulnerable to teams in the bottom half of the table on their own patch. However this approach may well leave gaps for the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison to exploit to fire Everton back into European contention. Overall we are going for a home win.