Both sides surprisingly have a 100% record after two matches, with Palace recording an impressive 3-1 win at Manchester United on Saturday, and Everton defeating ten-man West Bromwich Albion 5-2 earlier in the day.
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What is the Crystal Palace v Everton Bet builder Tip for Today?
Roy Hodgson’s side do have the advantage of having had a week to mentally and physically prepare for this fixture having been knocked out on penalties by Bournemouth in the EFL Cup second round, whereas Everton put out a strong side on the way to beating Fleetwood Town 5-2 in the third round on Wednesday evening.
Despite this, the hosts are considered 14/5 underdogs to defeat Carlo Ancelotti’s side, with the draw 9/4 and an away victory 21/20.
There does appear to be a bit of value on Palace, then, given their fresher minds and legs, as well as Everton’s vulnerability at times when defending counter-attacks against West Brom.
It’s those exact opportunities which Palace thrive from, as they showed at Old Trafford. Wilfried Zaha has started the season in fine form with three goals in two matches, having been switched back to a more central position alongside Jordan Ayew in a 4-4-2 formation.
The Ivory Coast forward is 7/2 to score anytime against the Toffees (Betfair), with his strike partner 3/1 (bet365).
Ayew missed a penalty against Man Utd, but Zaha scored the re-take after David de Gea was adjudged to have stepped off his line too early.
If midfielder Luka Milivojevic remains on the bench, Zaha may well remain on penalty duties going forward; the value in the goalscorer markets may well be on him, then, if he keeps up his red-hot form.
Another man who can’t stop scoring is Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who recorded his first career hat-trick in the win over West Brom. The striker also scored the winner at Tottenham in the opening weekend; he’s 2/1 to score for the third game running (bet365).
Richarlison, who is operating from a wider role at present, is also 2/1 to score his first goal of the season (Sky Bet). James Rodriguez, who scored a fantastic goal from outside the area against West Brom, is 7/2 to score again (Betfair).
Last weekend, all three of the bet365 Bet Builder’s I tipped won (each at odds of 4/5), and I’ve got another fancy at the same price here. I expect both sides to pick up one or more card given the amount of excellent dribblers on the pitch.
Equally, both sides pose a threat from wide areas so there should be a fair amount of corners, too.
Both sides to have 3+ corners and 1+ card looks a good price, then, at 4/5 (bet365).
The last two fixtures between these sides at Selhurst Park have both ended 0-0, so I didn’t want to be relying on any goals, but at least there’s different types of action to cheer on this way!