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Everton vs Crystal Palace: Writer Prediction League

Do the Toffees have a bounce-back game in them?

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Everton may not play more different consecutive matches this season than last week’s drubbing against Arsenal and this week’s match against Crystal Palace.

The Arsenal match saw the Toffees travel to a place they’ve not won in since the mid-90s, against a team debuting its newly-acquired firepower, without the recently-returned Seamus Coleman. The result, as most of us predicted, was pretty ugly.

This week, Everton hosts a Crystal Palace side who have struggled mightily this season and is in the midst of a substantial injury crisis. Roy Hodgson’s side will be without Connor Wickham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jason Puncheon, Jeffrey Schlupp, Bakary Sako, and Wilfried Zaha — leaving them dangerously short on attacking options.

Throw in last Wednesday’s win against Leicester City, and you’ve got a quite confounding 10-day run.

Let’s quickly review our predictions from last week’s matches, and then never speak of the Arsenal game again.

Leicester City Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Tosun Tosun Draw 1-1 0
Brian F. Vardy Garbutt Leicester 2-1 0
Brian L. Tosun Tosun Everton 2-1 4
Calvin Vardy Walcott Draw 2-2 1
Chris Okazaki Sigurdsson Leicester 2-1 0
Matt Vardy Sigurdsson Leicester 2-1 0
Mike Vardy Pickford Draw 1-1 0
Sean Okazaki Walcott Everton 2-1 5
Tom Tosun Tosun Everton 2-1 4
Tyler Niasse Walcott Draw 2-2 1
Zach Tosun Walcott Everton 3-1 3

Four writers got winner (Everton) correct, with three getting the final result (2-1) correct as well. Another four writers got a bonus point for picking Theo Walcott as the Everton man of the match.

Arsenal Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Mkhitaryan Keane Arsenal 1-0 2
Brian F. Lacazette Gueye Arsenal 3-0 2
Brian L. Lacazette Holgate Arsenal 3-0 2
Calvin Lacazette Pickford Arsenal 3-1 2
Chris Mkhitaryan Walcott Draw 1-1 0
Matt Ozil Walcott Arsenal 3-1 2
Mike Lacazette Walcott Arsenal 3-0 2
Sean Lacazette Gueye Arsenal 3-0 2
Tom Aubameyang Walcott Arsenal 3-1 2
Tyler Lacazette Pickford Arsenal 2-1 2
Zach Giroud Pickford Draw 2-2 0

Nine of 11 writers picked an Arsenal win, but none by the embarrassing scoreline that played out at the Emirates. Predictably, no one had Aaron Ramsey scoring the first goal, nor Tom Davies as Everton’s man of he match.

Those results leave us with these standings as the season begins to draw to a close.

Prediction League Standings

Writer Points
Writer Points
Mike 79
Calvin 75
Brian F. 56
Matt 55
Brian L. 54
Sean 54
Chris 52
Adam 50
Tyler 49
Zach 49
Tom 46

We didn’t see too much change in the standings with this week’s results — the pressure remains on Calvin and Mike atop the table. Their picks, and the rest of our writers’, are below.

Crystal Palace Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Calvert-Lewin Coleman Everton 2-1 2
Brian F. Benteke Pickford Palace 2-1 0
Brian L. Tosun Walcott Everton 2-1 2
Calvin Walcott Walcott Everton 2-1 2
Chris Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 3
Matt Bolasie Sigurdsson Draw 2-2 1
Mike Benteke Sigurdsson Everton 3-1 5
Sean Walcott Walcott Everton 2-0 2
Tom Walcott Walcott Everton 2-0 2
Tyler Tosun Walcott Everton 2-0 2
Zach Benteke Pickford Palace 2-0 0