Everton v Crystal Palace – Take Toffees to out-gun beleaguered Eagles


PREMIER LEAGUE expert Daniel McCulloch (@DMcCulloch1984) shares his thoughts on Super Sunday's showdown from Goodison Park.

Everton v Crystal Palace | Sunday 21st October 2018, 16:00 | Sky Sports

At the start of the season, I stated that I expected Both Teams To Score backers to be healthily rewarded if they targeted Everton games. At Hull and Watford that seemed to be the case for Marco Silva and the Portuguese hasn't disappointed on Merseyside, with six of his eight matches seeing both sides find the net.

Everton's recent resurgence – they've won their last two matches – coupled with the fact that Crystal Palace have won just won of their lost seven matches will surely mean that there will be plenty backing the Toffees at a best price of 17/20.

I certainly wouldn't put you off such a bet but I would rather take the 3/1 with Bet365 that Everton win and both sides score. Two of Everton's three victories this season would have seen such a bet rewarded, while Fulham missed a couple of big chances in their 3-0 loss at Goodison.

Palace have only five goals to their name but the statistics suggest that they have deserved more, with their Expected Goals total over seven. Indeed, while the Eagles have been generally disappointing this term, I do believe they were unfortunate not to beat Newcastle at home and they probably deserved a point against Wolves.

I do have concerns about Palace's goal threat outside of Wilfried Zaha but Everton have looked leaky all season and given that they have conceded 12 in just eight games – with Arsenal being the only member of the Big Six that they've faced, you have to fancy the away side to score.

Ultimately, I feel Everton will have too much for Palace and 2-1/3-1 are likely results but I will keep it simple and back Everton and BTTS at 3/1.

Elsewhere, I like the look of Richarlison at 2/1 with Marathon in the Anytime Goalscorer market. The Brazilian has scored in three of his five and a bit matches (he was sent off in the first half against Bournemouth) for the Toffees and this seems like a big price for the hosts biggest goal threat.

Best Bets

Everton v Crystal Palace – Everton to win and Both Teams To Score (3/1 Bet365)

Everton v Crystal Palace – Richarlison to score (2/1 Marathon)

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I have loved numbers and sport throughout my life, so betting was a natural step. I started writing my own betting column at university and have continued throughout my adult life. I bet on football, golf and the NFL mainly but two flies going up a wall could also capture my attention. I am a West Brom fan and also follow teams in other sports but I think it's fair to say that no side compare with The Baggies!

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