Palace can plunder point at Goodison

Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace may be struggling at home but they can secure a draw at Everton in what should be an entertaining match at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Palace v Everton draw @ 51/20

Roy Hodgson’s team have failed to score in their first four Premier League games of the campaign at Selhurst Park, while their only two victories of the season have come on their travels at Fulham and Huddersfield.

Everton have overcome a sticky spell by winning their last two matches against the Cottagers and Leicester, but Marco Silva’s team have already lost to West Ham on home soil and have also been held to a 1-1 draw by winless Huddersfield and so doubts persist about their qualities.

The Eagles have a good recent record at Goodison, having won two and drawn two of their previous five games there, while goals are usually plentiful in this fixture.

The Toffees won 3-1 last term, while Palace secured back-to-back 3-2 victories in 2013/14 and 2014/15. Hodgson’s team are 40/1 to win 3-2 again on Sunday.

Hodgson will be without Christian Benteke which is a blow as the Belgian striker has a good record against Everton, having netted five times in his nine contests with the Toffees.

Sigurdsson to score first goal @ 15/2

Gylfi Sigurdsson should start for Everton and the Iceland international is in scintillating form, having found the net four times in his last four top-flight appearances, including a stunning strike in the victory at Leicester a fortnight ago and a brace in last month’s 3-0 win over Fulham.

Palace, 6/1 to be relegated this season, need to take something from this game as their next four Premier League matches are against Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United so a poor run could see them sink into the bottom three.

They can grab a draw on Sunday which should give them some breathing space over the likes of Cardiff, Newcastle and Huddersfield heading into a tricky run of fixtures.

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