Everton host Crystal Palace at Goodison Park this Thursday in a game The Toffees have to win to secure Premier League safety.
The Toffees’ painful 3 - 2 loss to Brentford, a game that saw them lose the lead twice and have two men sent off, means that the three points are more important than ever. Sitting 16th, Frank Lampard’s men are only two points ahead of Burnley in 18th and have only two wins in their last five games. The two wins against teams in the top nine, Chelsea and Leicester, haven’t been enough to inspire enough points for guaranteed safety.
Crystal Palace are in 13th, with a comfortable distance from the relegation scrap, but with three points, could leapfrog Brentford and Newcastle. The Eagles have two wins, two draws and a loss in their last five, including a 1 - 0 win that relegated Watford.
Both teams are likely to score, with all the Premier League clashes between the two going back to 2019 seeing the Both Teams to Score market come off. In fact, the previous meeting at Selhurst Park earlier this season saw both teams score, as Crystal Palace won 3 - 1.