Crystal Palace vs. Everton Pick – EPL Gameweek 1

After some hectic off-seasons for both Crystal Palace and Everton, you better believe both squads will be raring to go on Saturday afternoon from the raucous Selhurst Park in south London.

For Palace, there was a fair bit of change from when we last saw them. Though they finished last campaign on an absolute tear, even once beating Manchester City – a lot of that team and many of the contributing pieces moved during the transfer window. Michy Batshuayi has moved back to Chelsea, while the club had no choice but to sell Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United. Without the power up front, and holes now created within the defense – there will be a lot of question marks about Palace in the early season. Wilfred Zaha remains at the club fortunately, but one has to wonder for how much longer.

Their opponents did much more addition than subtraction from the July transfer window. Everton look poised to potentially crack into the top-6 this season after a series of very strong acquisitions. Marco Silva’s squad finished last season on a strong note and this year the Toffees should be able to put together an impressive campaign. Headlining that group will be the supremely talented 19-year old Italian striker from Juventus, Moise Kean. Many eyes and a ton of attention will surely be on him for his first-ever Premier League match on Saturday.

There’s plenty of drama and intrigue surrounding week one of the Premier League season. Everton vs. Palace should produce some high-quality offense, and a real insight as to how some of the league’s newest additions will fare this season. Keep reading on below the posted odds for a tactical breakdown, analysis, and match preview for the Eagles vs. Toffees.

Crystal Palace vs. Everton Betting Odds:

Crystal Palace (+215)
Everton (+142)
Draw (+194)

Over 2 (-145)
Under 2 (+125)

Crystal Palace vs. Everton Pick:

Though Crystal Palace made some late splashes to the signing window, it’s unlikely any of the help will feature in their first game. Wilfried Zaha also remains a question mark following a relatively absent pre-season. He was actually rumoured for a move to Everton, but to his dismay, it failed to materialize. Without these key pieces, Palace could be in for a rough first outing in front of their hometown crowd.

This is bad news against an Everton side that looks primed for big things this season. Their signings are settled and have already acclimated themselves well to team tactics and style, and they are eager to show their attacking prowess. The real strength of Everton remains with their offensive players going forward. They’re strong and creative in the midfield, and with Moise Kean up front now – goals should be coming fast and furious.

The one big question mark for Palace is how they’ll be able to withstand the Everton attack, and I really do think they’ll struggle. Their best defender in Wan-Bissaka now features at Manchester United, and as a result the Eagles’ defense will likely get exploited on Saturday.

Though Marco Silva’s Everton side do have a lot of new faces and pieces to integrate to their team, there is a huge talent disparity between these two groups. Everton will be strong in the midfield, and look for big outings from both Andre Gomes and Richarlison going forward.

This is a fair price on the Toffees, and though they enter with many uncertainties about personnel and deployment, the depth in their squad exceeds Palace’s by a wide margin. This should mark the start of a very tough season for Crystal Palace.

My Pick
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.