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Premier League: Everton vs Crystal Palace preview

Kick off: Monday, 7 December @20:00 GMT

Venue: Goodison Park (Liverpool)

Head to head record

Crystal Palace vs Everton 0-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Everton vs Crystal Palace 2-3 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Everton vs Crystal Palace 2-3 (2013/2014 Premier League)
Crystal Palace vs Everton 0-0 (2013/2014 Premier League)
Everton vs Crystal Palace 4-0 (2004/2005 Premier League)

Everton vs Crystal Palace prediction

Round 15 of Premier League comes to a closure with Everton hosting Crystal Palace. This will be the meeting of the third best attack and the fourth best defense in the league. Roberto Martinez will want to continue his home winning streak, while Pardew hopes for a third consecutive victory at Goodison Park. The interesting thing is that the away team won in their last three encounters.

The red-hot Lukaku

The Belgian attacker is on top of his game at the moment, having scored eight goals in his previous eight games. Even Alan Pardew has lavished praise on his latest performances, saying that he was the full number nine and he can be the new Drogba. Chelsea fans surely regret the fact that he was never given a real chance at Stamford Bridge. Lukaku will be the leader of Everton’s attack, but will not be the only threat to Hennessey’s goal. Deulofeu, Kone and Barkley are the creators of amazing 14 goals in previous four league matches, along with the abovementioned Lukaku. However, the Toffees will not have an easy task on Monday night, since they are meeting the team that plays better in away matches than on their home ground. On top of that, Roberto Martinez’s squad lost their previous two fixtures against the Eagles at Goodison Park. Nevertheless, Martinez will look for a third successive home victory. Judging by the previous two triumphs against Aston Vila (4-0) and Sunderland (6-2), one could say that the Toffees have rediscovered their home form, and chances are we are in for a treat on Monday evening.

Everton midfielder James McCarthy faces a late fitness test on the hip injury, and no doubts he will be sorely missed if he fails to recover, since the team is not the same without him in the line-up. But even without McCarthy, this team has enough firepower to win this match. What can be taken as an interesting fact is that Everton are unbeaten in their previous 15 Premier League games played on a Monday.

Apart from McCarthy, the Toffees do not have serious injury problems. Leighton Baines made his comeback from ankle surgery in midweek, but is unlikely to start as the Toffees plan to ease him back into action.

Eagles, the away threat

Crystal Palace represent a real threat away from home. Alan Pardew’s side already picked up more points on their travels than at Selhurst Park this season with four wins from six matches. Since he took over in January, Crystal Palace have scored 30 points away from home. Only Arsenal managed to score more (35) among Premier League clubs. The Eagles now look like a firm top flight side and have a good balance of defensive solidity (conceding one goal per match) and ability going forward, although also experiencing some problems up front (19 goals in 14 matches). Two important victories in their last three games (2-1 victory at Anfield, 5-1 hammering of Newcastle) will ensure that Palace are coming into this match at Goodison Park ready to compete. On top of that, Palace have won on three of their last four visits to Goodison Park, winning their last two games by the 3-2 scoreline. Although without Zaha, Pardew has enough fire power in attack (Wickham, Chamakh and Campbell) that could bring him the maximum points in this match. It is probable that the Eagles will again rely on their tight defense and search for goals through counter-attacks.

Crystal Palace will be without winger Wilfried Zaha, who is suspended and midfielder Bakary Sako due to a hamstring injury.

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Everton vs Crystal Palace betting tip

This season, Goodison Park has witnessed 27 goals in previous seven matches, only Etihad saw more (33). Bearing in mind the current form of Everton attackers, as well as the away performance of Alan Pardew’s squad, I believe that we will see goals on both sides.

Tip: both teams to score

Odds: 1.71 (7/10) @10Bet

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