Let’s call a spade a spade. The Monday night games have been about as exciting as watching Manchester United’s ‘attacking’ play. The only one with any real excitement was the 3-2 between West Brom and Everton in week 7. But watch that change this week. Break into that box of Heroes, settle down with the Sky remote, and back the Toffees to win you some money.
After getting stuck away at the Cherries last Saturday, Everton now have the chance to go 6th in the table (and close in on Merseyside rivals Liverpool) with a win tonight against the Eagles. Roberto Martinez has his side scoring for fun, with 16 goals in their last five games. Romelu Lukaku has five of those 16, and is in flying form so he’s a great bet for first goalscorer at
But for the same odds , you could get Ross Barkley to score and Everton to win. An 87 per cent pass accuracy nearly halfway through the season isn’t too shabby, and nor are six goals (more than any Chelsea forward), three of which have come in his last two games. Only Riyad Mahrez has more than the Englishman. Chipping in with five assists, the 23 year old’s game is improving with every appearance. A wincast at could be value as well at
Don’t entirely rule out Alan Pardew’s Palace. Despite relying heavily on their midfielders (no Palace striker has scored in the league so far this season!), the Eagles are perched pretty in 9th, with the European places in their sights. Yohan Cabaye has been their top performer, as he was for Pardew at Newcastle, with Yannick Bolassie and the suspended Wilfired Zaha also doing their job. Palace have been better away from home, winning four of their six matches, conceding a goal a game. Cabaye to score anytime is
An outside bet to take would be over 3.5 goals . Everton will be gunning to react to that slip at Bournemouth, but they’ve only been able to keep one clean sheet at home this season, against Villa. On the other hand, Palace have failed to score just twice away from Selhurst Park.