Chelsea v Everton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Chelsea v Everton

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Sunday, March 8, 2020


Stamford Bridge

Punter's Pick

Chelsea start this game as favourites but have not beaten their opponents in their last four league meetings. The Toffees won the reverse fixture 3-1 courtesy of goals from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (2) and will feel confident of getting something from the game. Bet365 are offering 10/11 for a ‘Draw or Everton’ market and these are good odds, especially as Chelsea have been shaky at the back. Over 2.5 goals is also generously priced at 8/11 and with the attacking threat of both teams, this market is likely to materialise.

Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge as two entertaining teams look to keep their hopes of European football next season alive. Chelsea currently occupy fourth spot but Everton will be keeping an eye on Manchester City’s potential European ban meaning fifth place would secure a Champions League place. Can Frank Lampard continue his impressive debut season in the Premier League or will Carlo Ancelotti hand out a lesson to the young pretender?

Chelsea come into this game having beaten Liverpool in the FA Cup last time out. An impressive home performance saw Willian break the deadlock before former Everton man Ross Barkley swept home the second after a fine solo run. The team certainly seemed to have no hangover after their footballing lesson at the hands of Bayern Munich who ran out 3-0 winners a week before. There has been a noticeable improvement in their play since Lampard’s hand was almost forced into playing Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has held the ball up well allowing others to join as well as providing a goal threat of his own. He has now started the last four games and it will be interesting to see how the team will line up now Tammy Abraham is available again. Mateo Kovacic has also been impressive often driving upfield with the ball and carrying the team forward but question marks remain over Jorginho and Ross Barkley in the big games. With the likes of Pulisic and N’Golo Kante due to come back and the lifting of their transfer ban, Chelsea will feel optimistic about the remainder of the season and beyond.

Everton have improved under Carlo Ancelotti with the team taking 19 points from an available 30 since the Italian’s arrival. The 3-2 loss to Arsenal was their only defeat in the last seven with the Toffee’s remaining competitive in most of their games. The mood has changed since the departure of Marco Silva with the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin contributing more at the top half of the pitch. The return of Andre Gomes has also been a plus and with players like Iwobi, Walcott and Moise Kean on the bench, the squad depth also looks strong for the remainder of the campaign. The noticeable change has been their intensity levels, often led by Calvert-Lewin who harrasses and at times bullies the opposition defenders and ensures his team can move further up the pitch. Richarlison is also flourishing and sometimes operates in a free role which helps open up spaces and the team will feel they have a great chance of taking all three points in this one.

In team news N’Golo Kante remains out for the Blues with the trio of Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi also unlikely to feature. Frank Lampard will also be without the services of Jorginho who picked up his 10th yellow card and will be suspended. Olivier Giroud is expected to lead the line again ahead of Michy Batshuayi and teenager Billy Gilmour will be hoping to be part of the matchday squad after his impressive performance against Liverpool.

Everton are likely to have manager Carlo Ancelotti missing from the touchline as he was shown a red card for his protests at the end of the game against Manchester United. The Toffees had a winning goal chalked off for offside leading to a furious Ancelotti confronting the referees. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Morgan Schneiderlin are also ruled out with Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott looking to occupy one of the wide positions.

Punter's Pick

Chelsea start this game as favourites but have not beaten their opponents in their last four league meetings. The Toffees won the reverse fixture 3-1 courtesy of goals from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (2) and will feel confident of getting something from the game. Bet365 are offering 10/11 for a ‘Draw or Everton’ market and these are good odds, especially as Chelsea have been shaky at the back. Over 2.5 goals is also generously priced at 8/11 and with the attacking threat of both teams, this market is likely to materialise.

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