Selhurst Park hosts the first all-Premier League FA Cup tie of the Third Round as Everton look to snap their losing streak against a Crystal Palace side with renewed confidence.
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Crystal Palace ended an eight-game winless streak at home to Brentford on Saturday but, despite their overall poor form in recent months, goals have not been an issue for Roy Hodgson’s side and more of the same is expected as they begin their FA Cup campaign.
28 goals have been scored across the Eagles' last nine competitive matches and both teams have scored in eight of these fixtures. They have failed to score in just one of their last 11 games and have notched 15 times in this sequence, which includes a five-goal thriller at home to Everton in the Premier League in November.
The Toffees were in the midst of a fantastic run of form when they won that November meeting but a tough festive fixture schedule has left them in need of a pick-me-up, with their 3-0 defeat at Wolves on Saturday leaving them without a win in four attempts and looking back on a three-game losing streak in the league, although two of these matches were against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
That trip to Molineux ended a run of seven games in which Everton had scored but, with eight goals conceded in their last three matches, clean sheets have been hard to come by for Sean Dyche's men of late and they are unlikely to keep an in-form home side at bay on Thursday.
With both teams struggling at the back and looking relatively dangerous going forward, backing both teams to score looks a solid option at Selhurst Park.
Michael Olise has struggled for fitness at times since his move to Selhurst Park in 2021 but the 22-year-old's talent is not in doubt and he could make all the difference on Thursday after impressing in recent weeks.
The Crystal Palace attacker has been limited to just seven starts and two substitute appearances this season but has still found the net five times, including a brace in a man-of-the-match performance against Brentford at the weekend.
Olise terrorised the Bees' defence throughout on Saturday and that brace made it four goals and one assist since he returned to the starting line-up in mid-December.
He has been involved in at least one goal in all four of those appearances and, facing an Everton defence that have shipped eight goals in their last three games, the in-form forward is a strong contender to improve his already impressive scoring record.
Crystal Palace will be without at least five players for Thursday’s tie, with Joel Ward (leg), Rob Holding (ankle), Cheick Doucoure (Achilles), Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (hamstring) and Nathan Ferguson (hamstring) all ruled out, although Sam Johnstone could be available again.
Ashley Young is likely to be sidelined again for Everton but Sean Dyche could welcome Abdoulaye Doucoure, Idrissa Gueye and Dele Alli back to the squad, although all three remain a doubt.
Both teams have scored in eight of Crystal Palace’s last nine competitive fixtures.
Michael Olise has scored four goals in his last four appearances for Crystal Palace.
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