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Crystal Palace v Everton: Visitors to get busy directly after interval

| 08.11.2013

Seven straight defeats have understandably left Crystal Palace propping up the Premier League standings and it is has been their particularly drowsy nature in the period following the half-time break, which has been a key contributor to their struggles.

A Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet must be on the menu at half-time at Selhurst Park rather than the traditional orange segments, given the Eagles’ struggles to defend properly in the 15 minutes directly after the break.

In four of their five home games thus far, Crystal Palace have conceded at least once in this period, while Fulham stuffed their faces with two goals.

Therefore, 9/4 may prove the best bet on offer that Everton score in the period between half-time and the hour mark.

Meanwhile, Everton have also scored at least twice in their three away outings so far against opposition currently in the bottom seven of the top-flight standings.

Palace have conceded at least two in their last seven also and lost five in this run 2-0, which adds value to the 8/13 that Everton score over 1.5 goals and the 13/2 that they win 2-0.

Punters wanting a pro-Crystal Palace bet, may do well to find anything better than the 13/20 that they are still drawing with Everton after 30 minutes.

Everton have been level at this point in their last four games, while Liverpool are the only team to be leading after 30 minutes in Palace’s last five fixtures.

In terms of match betting, it is no surprise to see Everton as the 8/15 favourites, but this price should be approached with caution, as the Toffees are not overly reliable on the road.

In fact, they have won just two of their last 14 away games in all competitions and Palace’s rotten return of points must end soon.

It is 11/2 that Palace beat Everton, with 3/1 available on the draw.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.