Free Soccer Picks & Odds for Everton vs. Crystal Palace EPL

Lee Phelps

Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:07 PM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 10:07 PM GMT

Everton had just about the best kind of European midweek game, at home, scoring goals and winning handsomely. Plus they have one of the weaker teams to play at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Stick with the Toffees
Everton have already been scoring goals in the Premier League and conceding aplenty too, but they seem to have tightened up at the back since letting six in versus Chelsea. They kept a clean sheet at West Brom and kept Wolfsburg at bay right until stoppage time, so maybe those leaks have been plugged. It’s the firepower that Palace will struggle to cope with and they will face a relentless wave of attacks down the flanks, with quality balls into the box, as well as runners from midfield.

I expect Everton and their fans to carry on where they left off at a buzzing home stadium on Thursday night. I see Everton scoring at least two here, but you always have to temper your goal expectation throughout the 90 minutes when one team has played an additional game.

 

Poor Palace
Neil Warnock’s second reign at Crystal Palace has started fairly unspectacularly. If this is the honeymoon period, I’m not sure how successful the marriage will be! I was talking to a source close to the club this week, who told me: “we still lack a killer instinct in front of goal and need to get one of the strikers in form to have any real chance of progression this year.”

One of their best striker Marouane Chamakh is out until next weekend, so the goals won’t come from him. I’ve spoken about Palace’s goal record last season a lot, but I make no apologies for repeating it, because when I’m making soccer picks, goals are everything.

When deciding on your soccer picks keep in mind that Warnock’s team will have it all on to keep Everton so must rely on fast counter-attacking or set pieces. So far two of their goals on the road have both come from set-pieces, so that is a key area to exploit if they are going to get anything from the match. I just don’t see them out-scoring the Merseysiders, and as I’ve said, I can see them scoring two or three.

 

Soccer Picks
I like to keep an eye on the pace of a game when a team comes back from Europe, so if Everton appear to be flagging in the second half, that will be Palace’s opportunity. Because of that and because Palace have scored in both away games, I’m going with Everton to win and both teams to score in this match, soccer odds listed at 13/5. 

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