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Crystal Palace vs Everton in the FA Cup on Mar 20. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Crystal Palace vs Everton in the FA Cup on Mar 20. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

As they continue to scrap to avoid being dragged deeper into the Premier League relegation battle, Everton will hope to extend what has been a welcome distraction this season in the form of their FA Cup run.

It’s been a miserable campaign in the top flight and Frank Lampard’s arrival has done little to arrest their slide down the standings, but after wins over Hull City, Brentford and Boreham Wood in the three previous rounds, the Everton boss will be hopeful that a win this Sunday will spark a timely upturn in form.

As for Crystal Palace, Patrick Vieira will be pleased with how his first campaign at the helm has gone thus far as they sit comfortably nestled in mid-table and clear of any relegation trouble for now, and a deep cup run would certainly be the icing on the cake as he lays foundations for future success.

Millwall, Hartlepool and Stoke City have all been sent packing at the hands of the Eagles, and now they’ll be hoping to send their Premier League rivals crashing out of the competition too.

Continue reading for our expert football betting tips for the clash.

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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Over/Under - Total GoalsOver 3.5
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Over 3.5 Goals

Having suffered four defeats on the spin prior to their fixtures this week, Everton are undoubtedly in trouble this season as they desperately search for a positive result to drag themselves away from the danger zone in the league.

Lampard’s arrival hasn’t had the desired impact as of yet, but he’ll be fully aware that reaching the last four in the FA Cup will give his squad a huge lift and they’ve done well to get through some tricky ties already.

In contrast, Palace have picked up some impressive results in recent weeks, sweeping aside Watford away in a 4-1 win before a big win at Molineux over Wolves.

With a home crowd backing them at Selhurst Park, the tie is very much leaning in their favour ahead of kick-off. With Everton’s defence leaking goals for fun and their need to throw players forward to try and find something special, it’s difficult to ignore odds of 3/1 (bet365) – as well as with all of the reliable sports betting websites – for Over 3.5 Goals in this clash.

Crystal Palace Form, squad news, opinion

Palace have scored six and conceded just two goals in the last three rounds of the FA Cup, overcoming some difficult tests to advance to this stage.

Having scored two in each outing, they’ve shown their ability to pose a threat consistently in the final third, and the likes of Olise, Zaha and Mateta will certainly be a handful for Everton.

With exciting young talents capable of producing magic and electrifying passages of play, it’s difficult to see how a porous Everton defence will keep the home side quiet for 90 minutes, and so there is certainly goals in this one for Vieira’s side if they all stay fit.

Everton Form, squad news, opinion

While their form in this competition has been strong, it’s an entirely different story in the Premier League as the Toffees lost five of Lampard’s first six league games in charge.

In those games, they conceded 12 goals, while failing to score in four, and so that paints a dire picture as to how their problems lie at both ends of the pitch.

Everton do have quality in attack with Richarlison capable of being a match-winner on his day, while the likes of Gordon, Gray and Van de Beek are exciting talents that can make a key difference.

However, if they don’t stop leaking goals with a defence that is clearly not up to the standard required in the Premier League, things could yet get a lot worse for them. With just one win, three draws and nine defeats on the road in the league so far this year, they carry the unwanted title of being the worst team away from home in the top flight at this moment in time. That doesn’t bode well ahead of their trip to south London.

History

In 54 previous meetings, Everton have won 22, Palace have won 14 and there have been 18 draws.

Palace got the better of their rivals in their last encounter in December last year with a 3-1 win at Selhurst Park, but prior to that, they went 13 games without a win against the Merseyside club, with their previous victory coming in September 2014.

But perhaps that win just a few months ago tells us more about where these two clubs are at this season, with Palace able to draw a lot of confidence from that performance and victory.

About the Venue

Selhurst Park holds just over 25,000 and it can certainly create a lively atmosphere, but it’s been a mixed bag at home for Palace so far this season.

Two of their three wins in this competition to date have come on home soil, but in the Premier League, they’ve won four, drawn six and lost four. That in turn tells a story in itself that they’re far from a dominant side in front of their own fans, which will certainly give Everton hope.

Conclusion

Looking at where Everton are at this season, this could be a long afternoon for them. With a cup tie, anything can happen. The old adage of ‘the magic of the cup’ lives on as this competition has served up some real classics in its time, and so the Toffees can’t be ruled out entirely.

However, that leaky defence, which has conceded 47 goals in 26 league games so far this season, is a real problem. That gives them the fourth worst defensive record in the top flight, and with the pace and goal threat right across that Palace frontline, it’s a match made in heaven as far as the hosts are concerned and they’ll be confident of bagging goals and advancing to the next round.

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