Crystal Palace is welcoming Everton in 33rd round of England Premier league. Hosts didn't showed nothing special in this season and currently are at 16th position at the table but they have ten points more than relegation placed Sunderland and should be able to earn few more points and secure their Premier league status for the next season. They managed to achieve narrow victory in previous round at home over Norwich, before that earned one point against more than decent West Ham and now are facing with another unpleasant opponent. So far hosts collected 37 points out of 32 rounds with goal difference 35:42, they dropped their form in comparison to a previous season when were at 10th position. In FA Cup they still have a chance to win a trophy, in quarter finals managed to eliminate Reading after really great match where hosts deserved their progress into semi finals where will face with Watford in 11 days. In previous duel against Everton in December they got a draw on the road 1:1 in match where both sides were pretty good and division of points was fair in the end, they would be satisfied to repeat that outcome here and earn at least one point. Let's add that defender Brede Hangeland (7/0), midfielder James McArthur (24/2), forwards Marouane Chamakh (10/0) and Kwesi Appiah (0/0) will all miss this match due to injuries.
Everton on the other side earned one point in previous round after a draw against Watford on the road, before that suffered two defeats against pretty strong sides, Manchester United and Arsenal, they can't be satisfied with results in this season since currently occupies 14th position and only in FA Cup did a good job and reached semi finals where will face with winner of the match between West Ham and Manchester United which will be held also tonight. Guests showed pretty good attacking skills so far and scored 52 goals, defense meanwhile wasn't on high level and conceded 43 and must improve that part of their game. In last four duels against Crystal Palace they suffered two defeats, celebrated once and got one draw, now will for sure go for a victory to at least boost their morale before FA Cup semi finals. The Toffees ended previous season at 11th position, one place behind hosts, both teams dropped their form in this season and struggling to find consistency in their game, guests are having slight advantage for this match but they must show much more than in last few rounds to earn some points here. Defenders Tyias Browning (5/0), Tony Hibbert (0/0), Phil Jagielka (20/0), midfielders Steven Pienaar (3/0) and Leon Osman (6/0) are all injured and won't be available for this game while midfielder Tom Cleverley (18/1) is in doubt due to his issues with minor injury.
Interesting duel, none of these two sides didn't impressed with results and they are in safe zone but both reached FA Cup semi finals, hosts are coming here after victory and seems better at the moment but it will be difficult to achieve positive outcome, guests meanwhile are without victory in previous three rounds and must try to get back on the track, I expect good and strong defensive football here with under 2.5 goals to be scored.
picks: under 2.5