Preview - Everton vs Crystal Palace Feb 10 2018

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Match Day 27
Everton vs. Crystal Palace
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Last five matches form: L W D L L
Average goals per match: 1.1
Average goals against per match: 1.7
Top Scorer: Wayne Rooney (10)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: D D L W W
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojevic (10)

Two sides who have done well to recover from shocking starts to the season face off on Merseyside this coming Saturday, as Everton take on Crystal Palace. Whilst both of these sides probably aren't too disappointed with their current position, they have both suffered a slight dip in form of late.

Everton were embarrassed when shipping four goals to Arsenal in the first half last weekend, with Eliaquim Mangala looking a million miles away from being the answer to their defensive woes. New striker Cenk Tosun meanwhile has made very little impact and may drop to the bench. On the plus side, Theo Walcott has looked lively and provides a big threat on the counter.

Palace were perhaps a little unlucky not to beat Newcastle last week, given the overall pattern of the game, but did nevertheless require a soft penalty to secure a point. Wilfried Zaha caused the Newcastle defence all manner of problems, but unfortunately looks to miss out here.

Were the two sides to head into this match at full strength, we would fancy Palace to get at least a point here. However, with the Eagles injury woes seemingly getting worse by the week, we have to favour the home side. Everton will be keen to bounce back from last week's pasting at the hands of Arsenal, and look to have the ideal opportunity to do just that against these beaten up visitors at Goodison.

Prediction: Everton 3-0 Crystal Palace


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots: 11 -16
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks:  8 - 7
Possession: 53% - 47%

Each side found their way into the notebook just the once, with Theo Walcott being booked for the home side and Patrick van Aanholt seeing yellow for Palace.
The score line would suggest this was a pretty one-sided encounter, and whilst Everton probably just about deserved their three points, the main difference between the two sides was the Toffees greater cutting edge. Palace registered an impressive 16 total shots, and on another day would expect to convert more than the one goal they mustered. Everton on the other hand were pretty ruthless, scoring three times from just the five shots on target.
This looked a good opportunity for Everton to get back on track, and in the end so it proved. A closely fought first half saw chances for both sides, without anyone managing to break the deadlock.
Any thoughts this may end in a stalemate were swiftly ended at the start of the second period though, as Gylfi Sigurddoson found the bottom corner from range, to the delight of the home support.
The Everton lead was doubled within five minutes as the improving Baye Oumar Niasse planted a header home from Cuco Martina's cross.
Ben Davies close range finish in the 75th minute then effectively ended this match as a contest, with anything Palace gained from here surely only a consolation.
That consolation did come in the 83rd minute when Luka Milivojevic converted from the spot, but the destination of the points had already been decided by this stage.
Everton sit in a comfortable ninth position after this result. Palace meanwhile are looking over their shoulders as results elsewhere mean they now sit just two points above the relegation zone.

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