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Best odds: 5/2
We are officially in the final week of the Premier League promotion and there is still quite a bit left to play for at both ends of the table. Down at the bottom, there is a three-way battle to decide who should fill the final relegation spot after weeks of uncertainty and teams starting to pick up results. Today we take a look at what was supposed to be a fascinating meeting between Everton and Crystal Palace.
The Frank Lampard experiment has not worked out very well, but instead of dwelling on it, it’s time to look forward to the next few games to really see what toffees can do to survive. They are in a solid position and only need a win here to guarantee their place in the top class next season, but the pressure of a situation like this can easily get to a club – even one as big as theirs.
The list of absences does not provide good reading with Mina, Delph, Townsend and Patterson injured. On top of that, van de Beek and Godfrey are questionable with Rondon and Brantwaithe being suspended.
Crystal Palace fans will know that a win on Merseyside throws them into the top half of the table ahead of the final day. It may not do much for their ultimate European ambitions, but it would be quite symbolic, and it would underscore how strong this campaign has been under Patrick Vieira. If they can handle it, it would look pretty solid along with their semi-final appearance in the FA Cup.
Hughes, Olise and Edouard are all available for selection, Ferguson is the only confirmed absence and McArthur is a minor fitness concern.
Factors to consider
- Everton are number 16 in the Premier League, while Palace are number 13.
- Everton have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games.
- Palace have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six matches.
- Everton have scored six goals and conceded seven in their last six games.
- Palace have scored four goals and conceded five into their last six games.
Goodison Park is going to be rocked for this one, and while that may be for all the wrong reasons, we think it will help push the hosts toward a positive outcome. They have a handful of attacking players starting to come into their own and we do not think the visitors will provide too much resistance, leading to a 1-1 draw which both will consider reasonably acceptable.
Best odds: 5/2