Everton v Crystal Palace tips: Back to winning ways for Toffees
Everton's season has turned pretty sour recently, however winning ways should return tonight at Goodison Park
September 30th, 2016
Ronald Koeman enjoyed a dream start at his new club Everton with the opening five games returning four wins and a draw. Nevertheless a 2-0 defeat to Norwich City in the EFL Cup ended that unbeaten run and the Toffees have since experienced something of a slump in form with a subsequent 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth last weekend. As s result of this defeat, boss Koeman was somewhat scathing in his comments.
“We have players with good technical quality but they need to work more as a team,” he said. “The difference between the two teams was the pressing of Bournemouth, especially in the first half. That’s where we need to improve. If you start like this, it’s very difficult to turn it. We tried in the second half and it was much better but football is over 90-95 minutes not 45.”
Koeman will be demanding a much improved display this evening against a Crystal Palace side which are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games. The Eagles made a slow start to the season, however they are certainly impressing in the top flight at the moment although they were made to work hard against Sunderland last weekend after going 2-0 down, only to claw their way back with a 3-2 win.
Can the Toffees stop the rot before it takes hold or will Palace extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games? The Eagles may be enjoying a decent run but they haven’t been facing the toughest opposition it must be said. Everton are in a different class to the likes of Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Stoke City to be fair and this should be pretty obvious tonight. The hosts are backable 3/4 with Paddy Power to beat Palace tonight and this should return you a winning bet should you be backing the Toffees to seal the three points.
For those looking for something a little meatier, why not consider William Hill’s 5/2 for a Toffees win and both teams to score. Christian Benteke’s arrival at Selhurst Park has given Palace more of an attacking edge and the former Liverpool player has already found the net a couple of times since his arrival in south London. The Eagles are therefore more than capable of getting onto the scoresheet tonight, however it is unlikely to add anything to their points tally in what looks set to be a home win.
Indeed, our choice of goalscorer comes from the home side with Romelu Lukaku enjoying some excellent form both at club level and for his country, banging in no less than six goals for Everton and Belgium in his last four appearances. He should prove to be a thorn in the side for a Palace defence which have just managed a single clean sheet this season so far and at 10/11 with Bet365 he is attractively priced on the anytime goalscorer market.