Everton v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 17, 2018
Goodison Park - Premier League
Everton look to win their first consecutive games of the season as they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend. Roy Hodgson's side have lost their last two, and face being drawn into a relegation battle if they do so again on Sunday.
Everton haven't lost to Palace in their last seven meetings, with the most recent resulting in a 3-1 Toffees win. Gyfli Sigrudsson opened the scoring, before Omar Niasse and Tom Davies compounded the win, in spite of a late Luka Milivojevic penalty.
Marco Silva's experiment of fielding Richarlison as a centre-forward paid off against Leicester, as the newly-capped Brazil international opened the scoring. With Cenk Tosun not firing as a traditional striker, and Bernard exceeding expectations on the left wing, the move looks to be a sensible one for the manager.
Christian Benteke is a major absence for Roy Hodgson's side, who are also without fellow striker Connor Wickham. This should see Jordan Ayew start up front, despite the forward failing to score in his opening five games for the club.
Everton v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Everton's consistency has been their downfall this season. At their best, Marco Silva has his side playing free-flowing, attacking football, and yet the Toffees were without a win in their opening six league games.
The Blues have won their last two Premier League games, but due to a league cup loss to Southampton, they haven't achieved two consecutive wins under their new manager. The visit of Crystal Palace should provide the perfect opportunity to do so this weekend, with Roy Hodgson's side without a win in October. New signing Max Meyer has failed to quite make the impact that fans were expecting when the club signed the German international, whilst the absence of Christian Benteke has limited Wilfred Zaha's impact.
Zaha started the season well, but is now without a goal in his last four games, and looks to be suffering from a lack of space with his current strike partner out. Andre Ayew is undoubtedly a solid player, but doesn't offer the same physical presence up front to compliment the Ivory Coast international.
Everton have also had problems up front this season, with Silva seemingly losing patience with Tosun, Omar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. As a result, the manager followed Brazil's lead by fielding Richarlison as a forward against Leicester, giving the winger the freedom to attack without defensive shackles. Not only has this worked out for the former Watford man but opened up space for the likes of Sigurdsson, with the Iceland international making good use of the space to score a wonder-winner against the Foxes.
On paper, the home side should have far too much quality for Palace this weekend, but with Everton struggling to replicate positive performances, the result is far from certain.
Richarlison to score anytime at 21/10
The Brazilian has been on fire this season, and appears to be relishing the freedom afforded to him by Silva.
Everton to win to nil at 11/5
Palace's scoring problems are far from behind them and they will struggle against an increasingly solid Everton back line.