Everton look likely to come out on top when two in form sides go head to head on Friday night, with goals on the agenda at Goodison Park.
Everton v Crystal Palace - Friday 20:00, Sky Sports 2
Everton's unbeaten start to the season came to a grinding halt against Bournemouth and Ronald Koeman will have been disappointed with his team’s overall performance. Questions have been asked of Ross Barkley's contribution over the last couple of games and here the England international was guilty of pushing too high up the pitch. The result was an isolated front four with wingers Bolasie and Mirallas also pushing up to join Lukaku in attack, leaving Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye outnumbered by Bournemouth's tight midfield three of Surman, Wilshere and Arter.
Palace continued their upward trajectory against a poor Sunderland team with their third consecutive victory, the first time they've accomplished this in over a year, fighting back from two goals down to win the game in the dying moments. The Eagles cannot expect many opponents to give Benteke a free run in the box from set-pieces, but in truth they deserved to win that game. Sunderland were very poor in the early stages and their opener came very much against the run of play, whilst Defoe's second of the game was the result of Palace pushing forward in search of the equaliser.
Alan Pardew's side look much more cohesive and are now enjoying the fruits of a successful transfer window. The effect on the team has been evident not just in points accumulated, but in having seven different players scoring in their last three matches. Conceding goals remains an issue, with their only clean sheet so far this season coming against League Two Blackpool in the Cup. This will be encouraging to an Everton side that has been boosted by Lukaku’s return to form, so we’re siding with Everton to win and both teams to score as we expect Palace to continue their good scoring form but for the Toffees to cause their leaky defence too many problems.