Best Odds: 5/2
We’re officially into the final week of the Premier League campaign and there’s still a whole lot left to play for at both ends of the table. Down at the bottom, there’s a three-way tussle to decide who is going to fill the last relegation spot after weeks of uncertainty and teams starting to pick up results. Today, we’ll take a look at what should be a fascinating encounter between Everton and Crystal Palace.
The Frank Lampard experiment hasn’t worked out particularly well but instead of dwelling on that, it’s time to look ahead to the next few games to really see what the Toffees can do to survive. They’re in a solid position and only need a win here to guarantee their place in the top flight next season, but the pressure of a situation like this can easily get to a club – even one as big as theirs.
The list of absences doesn’t make for great reading with Mina, Delph, Townsend and Patterson being injured. On top of that, van de Beek and Godfrey are doubtful with Rondon and Brantwaithe being suspended.
Crystal Palace supporters will know that a win on Merseyside vaults them into the top half of the table ahead of the final day. It may not do much for their ultimate European ambitions but it’d be pretty symbolic, and it would highlight just how strong this campaign has been under Patrick Vieira. If they can pull it off, that would look pretty solid alongside their FA Cup semi-final appearance.
Hughes, Olise and Edouard are all available for selection, Ferguson is the only confirmed absentee and McArthur is a slight fitness concern.
Factors to Consider
- Everton are 16th in the Premier League whereas Palace are 13th.
- Everton have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games.
- Palace have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games.
- Everton have scored six goals and conceded seven in their last six games.
- Palace have scored four goals and conceded five in their last six games.
Goodison Park is going to be rocking for this one and while it may be for all the wrong reasons, we do think it’s going to help push the hosts toward a positive result. They’ve got a handful of attacking players who are beginning to come into their own and we don’t think the visitors will put up too much of a resistance, leading to a 1-1 draw that both will consider to be fairly acceptable.
Best Odds: 5/2
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