With staggered fixtures coming up, courtesy of the Premier League’s inaugural winter break, we will only be treated to a few matches this weekend. We run you through some of the best bets.

Palace to come unstuck against Toffees

Everton and Crystal Palace played each other on the opening day of the season, where the spoils were shared in a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park. However, the Toffees have certainly gone on to have a better campaign since then, collecting five more wins so far than their opponents and sitting five places above them going into this fixture.

Only Liverpool have won more points (30) over their last ten games in the league than Everton (19). Meanwhile, it has been ten Premier League games since Palace recorded a clean sheet which, unfortunately for them, is the longest current run in the competition. Everton to score in both halves is available at 15/8.

Everton have scored a league-high 61% of their Premier League goals in the first half – 19 of their 31 goals, to be precise. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the highest Premier League goalscorer this season among players who haven’t provided a single assist. While he is as short as 17/20 to score at any time, he can be backed at a more profitable 12/5 to open the scoring at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Could be touch and go at Brighton

Neither Brighton or Watford go into this game with particularly flattering statistics to stand them in good stead at the Amex Stadium on Saturday. The south coast hosts have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games, having drawn five and lost four. No outfit has collected fewer points in the current calendar year than the Seagulls, with a lowly total of three.

Meanwhile, visitors Watford have lost 15 points from winning positions this season, including six in the last two matches. A draw isn’t out of the question and is priced at 23/10.

Individually, though, fan favourite Troy Deeney has been on an individual mission to give the Hornets their sting back. Since manager Nigel Pearson took over, only Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero have amassed more goals than Deeney’s five. He is 11/8 to score at any time on Saturday evening.

Bournemouth to be put to the sword

It’s Sheffield United against Bournemouth on Sunday this weekend as the Cherries travel up to Bramall Lane to take on a high-flying Blades side who are understandably odds-on 8/11 favourites here. Ten points separate the pair in the Premier League table as the visitors float perilously close to the drop zone.

It could be an entertaining match, given that the last three league meetings between the two teams at Bramall Lane have produced a whopping 17 goals. That being said, only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than Sheffield United so far this season (23). The home side are 7/5 to win to nil.

The hosts have also lost only seven of their 25 league games, which is the fewest by a promoted side at this stage of the season since Fulham in 2001/02. Even more encouragingly, the Blades have taken 36 points this season, which is just two fewer than their total for the whole of their last Premier League campaign in 2006/07.

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