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Crystal Palace (A) Sat 31 Jan 2015, 15:00, Barclays Premier League

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Crystal Palace were the last team to beat Everton in the second round of the League Cup in September 2001.

The Toffees have been ever-present in the third round draw since then and have been heavily backed with Paddy Power to extend that 12-year streak.

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Fortress Goodison

Since the start of 2012, Everton have lost just three home games in all competitions. The Toffees do not suffer too many losses at Goodison Park and are 1/5 with Paddy Power to beat League One side Stevenage in 90 minutes. They are 4/7 with Paddy Power to be leading at half-time and to then go on to win the tie.

Goals Galore

In Everton’s previous three second round games they have run out convincing winners. Last year they beat Leyton Orient 5-0 and in 2010 Huddersfield Town were thumped 5-1 at Goodison Park. Sandwiched in between was a 3-1 victory over Sheffield United in 2011. Roberto Martinez’s side drew a blank against West Brom on Saturday but can be backed at 2/1 with Paddy Power to score four or more against Stevenage.

Travel Sickness

As with all visitors to Goodison, Stevenage command respect but they have had a difficult time on the road in 2013. In the calendar year they have won just two of 14 games away from Broadhall Way. In these 14 games they have scored just seven goals and failed to find the opposition’s net on eight occasions. Everton are searching for their seventh clean sheet at home on the spin and are 5/6 with Paddy Power to beat Stevenage without conceding.

Kone First Goalscorer

Arouna Kone could get his first competitive start for the Toffees since his summer switch from Wigan and he is the 5/2 favourite with Paddy Power to open the scoring . The Ivorian scored 13 goals in 38 appearances for the Latics last season.

Barkley On Song

Ross Barkley has been influential in the middle of the park for Everton in their opening two games, scoring a goal, taking nine shots and recording a pass success rate of 94 per cent. Martinez described him as ‘something special’ and the teenager – who has recently been called-up to the senior England squad - is 13/8 with Paddy Power to score at any time on Wednesday night .

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