Everton - Crystal Palace Betting Preview: Pulis' men to frustrate the Goodison Park crowd

The Eagles have been transformed into one of the league's most difficult opponents under the former Stoke boss, and Al Hain-Cole thinks they provide a strong resistance tonight
Everton will be hoping to keep their push for a top four spot on track when they welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park on Wednesday evening.

Roberto Martinez’s men have put themselves in the driving seat for the final Champions League place with a run of seven consecutive Premier League wins and are 2/5 (1.40) favourites with bet365 to make it eight in a row this evening.

However, the visitors also come into this clash boasting a winning streak after three successive victories and are available at 9/1 (10.00) to derail their opponents’ season with a shock win tonight.

The pair shared a goalless draw in November’s reverse fixture ate Selhurst Park, and you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on them cancelling each other out once again in this one.

The Eagles secured that stalemate under the command of caretaker boss Keith Millen, shortly before the appointment of Tony Pulis as Ian Holloway’s permanent successor.

Since taking over, the former Stoke boss has overseen a turnaround in fortunes that would be enough to take home this year’s Manager of the Year award were it not for the achievements of today’s opposite number and his Merseyside counterpart Brendan Rodgers.

Having lost nine and won just two one of their 12 Premier League games prior to Pulis’ arrival, the promoted outfit have suffered just nine more defeats in the 21 fixtures since, gaining an impressive nine wins in that period.

The key to Pulis’ success lies in transforming a defence that had conceded more goals than anyone but Sunderland on arrival to one that has let in fewer than anyone but Chelsea since, with only one opposition attack managing to score more than twice against them in 24 games in all competitions.

The Toffees will therefore be in for a difficult night as they attempt to break down a backline that has been breached just once in the last five games, with odds of 19/20 (1.95) providing excellent value on under 2.5 goals going in.

That bet would have paid out in 22 of Palace’s last 25 league games, including the 0-0 draw against Everton the last time these sides met.

Under 2.5 goals at 19/20 (1.95) for 1.5pt stake with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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