THERE were many outstanding Crystal Palace performances and results under Tony Pulis but I wonder if his side ever played as well as they did at Goodison Park back in April when they outclassed an Everton side who had won their last seven. That 3-2 success was the Eagles' own fourth win on the spin at the time, but they have started this PL season without a win in four and last weekend's 0-0 draw with Burnley could, of course, have been worse had it not been for Julian Speroni's brilliant save from a late Scott Arfield penalty. The Blues are in Europa League action against Wolfsburg on Thursday and have only picked up one point at Goodison so far this season from entertaining games with Arsenal (2-2) and Chelsea (3-6). The hosts are 2/5 to pick up all three points with the draw 18/5 and the Eagles 15/2 at BetVictor. The Toffees have lost three of their five PL games against Palace at home so history suggests this might not be the home banker that the odds suggest. Jason Puncheon has scored on both occasions he has played at Goodison in the PL and he is 16/1 to grab the opener as he did earlier in the year. Indeed, if you think lightning could strike twice Puncheon to grab the opener in a 3-2 Eagles win, it is 600/1! Puncheon remains 11/4 to be the Eagles' top goalscorer in the PL this term behind Frazier Campbell and Dwight Gayle at 7/4. Lifelong Liverpool fan Scott Dann was another of the scorers on Merseyside back in April and the Eagles' centre back is 14/1 to repeat the feat at any time on Sunday. With home games to come against Newcastle and newly promoted Leicester City between now and the end of the month, one could argue that anything the Eagles pick up at Goodison will be a bonus. But whatever the outcome of the Europa League tie on Thursday, the natives will get restless if Everton don't score in the first quarter. Romelu Lukaku, who scored his first goal of the season at the Hawthorns last weekend, is 4/1 to open the scoring and Roberto Martinez was optimistic that Samuel Eto'o would be back for the visit of Wolfsburg. Everton kept their first clean sheet of the season against West Brom last weekend while Burnley gained their first on the road in PL history at Selhurst Park. The recommended bet is Both Teams To Score at Even money although another 3-2 Palace win is 100/1! Going back to Tony Pulis and Eagles fans might be interested in the money we saw on Wednesday for the former Eagles' boss (6/4 from 5s) to be the next manger of Cardiff City, irrespective of the timescale, after the Bluebirds poor start to the Championship campaign. For all your football odds check out BetVictor.com.
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