Everton host Crystal Palace on Saturday, February 8, for a match of the 26th round of the Premier League. It is interesting that their last meeting was in the 1st round and ended in a draw 0:0. What to expect this time? Let’s see.
Despite their “soft” nickname, the Toffees are quite solid at present. For past 25 rounds they got 33 points, scored 31 goals and conceded 33. As a result, Everton occupy the 9th position in the League Table. It seems like recently the Toffees figured out how to turn their weaknesses into strong sides On the first day of 2020 they lost to Manchester City 2:1, which is rather decent score, considering the high level of the Citizens. Then, on January 5, Everton didn’t let Liverpool to destroy them, by conceding only once. And on January 11, the Toffees at home defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 1:0, then, played two draw games against West Ham United and Newcastle United, on January 18 and January 21 respectively. Finally, last weekend Everton produced a brilliant comeback against Watford 2:3. The participation in the upcoming match of two players is still questionable: Gbamin – due to a thigh injury, Andre Gomes – due to an ankle injury.
The Glaziers are now in the 14th place with 30 points and 22/29 goal difference (scored/conceded). Their latest victory was back in December last year over West Ham United (2:1). Since then, losses alternate with draw games. Two past matches (both at home) were lost. On January 21, the Palace lost to Southampton (0:2), and on February 1, to Sheffield United (0:1). Such home statistics is quite upsetting. This Saturday we will not see on the field Sakho (thigh injury), Tosun (thigh injury) and Schlupp (hip injury).
Crystal Palace are definitely out of shape now. Nevertheless, their recent failures may be explained by uncomfortable psychological conditions players suffer at home. Perhaps, this time on a visit the team will give a serious fight. Our bet is X2 (draw or Crystal Palace) – odds of 2.44.