Everton vs Crystal Palace Prediction: The hosts to progress?

 | January 16 | 

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Everton are in FA Cup third-round action on Wednesday night (19:45) as they entertain Crystal Palace in their replay at Goodison Park. The two teams played out a goalless draw at Selhurst Park over a week ago and the Toffees were involved in another goalless stalemate with Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.

Palace have had a week off since the original fixture with the hosts, so they will be feeling fresh ahead of their trip to Merseyside.

Everton vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips

  • Everton and both teams to score - 3/1
  • Over 2.5 goals - EVS

Match Odds

Everton are perceived as the favourites to win this match inside 90 minutes at 19/20. A draw can be backed at 5/2, while the Eagles are 11/4 to win on Merseyside.

Both teams to score is on offer at 4/5. Over 2.5 goals is marketed at the enticing price of EVS.

Team News

Everton fans were surprised to see Dwight McNeil named in the squad and feature against Aston Villa last time out. The winger was stretchered off in the reverse fixture against Palace with what was believed to be a serious ankle problem.

The Toffees are still without Ashley Young and Dele Alli, who are both dealing with their respective injuries. Midfielder Idrissa Gueye is unavailable due to his participation at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Crystal Palace are without key playmaker Michael Olise, who is recovering from a hamstring issue. Cheick Doucoure, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi and Joel Ward are also in the medical bay, while Rob Holding and Sam Johnstone are thought to be nearing a return to fitness.

Everton and both teams to score @ 3/1

We are quite surprised at the price for this market given that Everton have beaten Palace in five of their last six home games against them, and the Eagles' last four defeats have been by a 2-1 scoreline.

Everton picked up a valuable point against Premier League high-flyers Villa over the weekend, and their defensive performance was particularly impressive. They managed to create some good chances in the game, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing the best one of the match.

If they can create chances against a side battling for the title, they can certainly do so against a mid-table side. The Goodison roar should have a huge impact on the hosts in this replay, and although Palace have had a full week to recuperate, the Toffees can stump them on home soil.

And with a key figure in Olise out for the visitors, they have lost one of their most influential players, making their task of winning away from home that much harder. We're backing the Toffees in this one but we do fancy Palace to make them work for it.

Everton and both teams to score @ 3/1

Over 2.5 goals @ EVS

Everton's last two matches might not have featured any goals but we still think that this is a market worth backing at EVS. As previously mentioned, Palace's last four defeats have been by a 2-1 scoreline, and we have already tipped Everton to win and both teams to score.

Both these sides know that they need to be more clinical in front of goal and that will decide which one of them progresses to the fourth round. Both teams have scored in eight of the Eagles' last 10 matches so there is a good chance that the replay can deliver more entertainment than the original fixture.

They each have quality in attack, with the potential to hurt one another, but Palace will seemingly have the tougher task of breaking down Everton's defence after they have kept consecutive clean sheets.

As the away side they will have their work cut out for them if their FA Cup journey is to continue and we feel that this market landing can be heavily influenced by the first goal. Everton have scored first in six of their last nine encounters at Goodison Park, and if they were to score first here, the Eagles would need to conjure up a response, which they have managed time and again.

Over 2.5 goals at EVS

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