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Everton vs Crystal Palace: Break should benefit Toffees

Kick-off: 1800, 05/04/2021

Stadium: Goodison Park

TV: Sky Sports

Everton looked like they needed the international break more than most teams and must now come out firing if they want to get their European hopes back on track.

Premier League defeats against Chelsea and, more frustratingly, Burnley saw the Toffees slip to eighth in the table and they were then knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester City but they start the weekend with a game in hand on the teams above them.

This looks a good opportunity to regain some momentum and a home win at 5/6 is a confident pick as our first Everton vs Crystal Palace prediction.

A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds

Manager Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping the international break has provided the necessary reset for his side to make a final push for Europe.

Inconsistency has dogged the Toffees since they went top of the table in October as they have not been able to go more than four Premier League matches without losing.

A return of 14 points from the last 33 available, including four defeats in the last seven matches, has been disappointing but there are reasons for optimism.

Playmaker James Rodriguez, who has not featured since late February due to a calf problem, is expected to be fit while South American players Richarlison, Allan and Yerry Mina all remained on Merseyside after their World Cup qualifiers were postponed.

That means Ancelotti has had a number of core players to work with during the international break and they should be well prepared for the visit of Palace.

We’re expecting a lively start and both of these teams have scored more of their goals in the first half than the second this season so let’s go for the first half to be the highest scoring at 21/10 in the Everton vs Crystal Palace odds.

Last Everton line-up: Virginia, Holgate, Digne, Mina, Godfrey, Coleman, Allan, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds

Crystal Palace claimed a vital 1-0 win against West Brom last time out and are pretty much safe from relegation after reaching 37 points.

Luka Milivojevic’s first-half penalty moved the Eagles 11 points clear of the relegation zone but they have a difficult run-in, with games against Chelsea and Leicester coming up this month before fixtures with Manchester City and Liverpool in May.

Defender Gary Cahill said after the West Brom game: “There are different goals but the first goal is to be in the Premier League next season.

“It’s the responsibility for the club and us as players to do that and we’re very, very close now to doing that.

“We knew this was a huge game in terms of the result so it’s great we delivered the three points and now we’re looking very healthy in the league.

“When we come back from the international break it’s about the desire to try and push on up the league with a very difficult run-in.”

Palace have a dismal record against Everton, though. They have lost the last two meetings and their last three visits to Goodison Park while their last win against the Toffees was in September 2014.

Everton’s squad possesses more quality so we expect that trend to continue. The Toffees are 4/1 to win both halves, just as they did in this fixture last season, and that is our final Everton vs Crystal Palace prediction.

Last Crystal Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke.

Additional stats

Last result:

EVERTON 0-2 Man City

CRYSTAL PALACE 1-0 West Brom – Luka Milivojevic (pen)

Head-to-head: Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton, Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton, Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton, Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace

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