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

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Premier League Everton v Chelsea

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Saturday, December 7, 2019


Goodison Park

Punter's Pick

Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park in their first game since the sacking of Marco Silva. Duncan Ferguson is taking temporary charge and fans will be hoping that a club legend will have the same galvanising effect as Frank Lampard has had on Chelsea. Can Everton step up a gear and give their fans something to cheer, or will the London side continue their charge for a top four finish?

The writing had been on the wall for Marco Silva as the Portuguese battled throughout his term to win over the fans. A sequence of three straight league defeats including a 5-2 hammering at the hands of rivals Liverpool was the final straw and he was relieved of his duties on Thursday. The team certainly did look void of any confidence and struggled to establish a foothold in recent games. With the outlay on players and supposed quality within the team, the Toffee’s shouldn’t be languishing in the relegation zone after 15 games. Some of the players will have to look at themselves and the performances they have put in but it was clear that Silva was struggling to get the best out of them. Recent big money signings such as Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi have struggled to make an impact and have started many games on the bench, with Gylfi Sigurdsson also finding it difficult to dictate games. Richarlison is the only player who showed the passion to want to fight and it certainly isn’t a coincidence that he has scored in three out of their last four games. How Ferguson will set them up will be interesting to see if there is a clear change in personnel starting the game or changes in formation, but the biggest thing may just be the confidence increase in having a change at the top.

Chelsea come into this game having beaten Aston Villa 2-1 last time out. The Blues had been stuttering of late having lost their last two Premier League games against Manchester City and a shock home defeat to West Ham. But Tammy Abraham came back into the team to good effect, scoring the opening goal before Trezeguet bundled home an equaliser for Villa. However Chelsea didn’t have to wait long for the winning goal as Mason Mount lashed in a second to ensure Lampard’s men got back to winning ways. Chelsea now have a six point gap over fifth placed Wolves and will be confident of securing a Champions League place in Lampard’s first full season in charge, which would be a massive achievement given their transfer ban and the loss of Eden Hazard in the summer. It will be interesting to see if they look to rotate for this one with a crucial Champions League game coming up against Lille and the gap with Wolves. Jurgen Klopp used his squad to good effect against Everton in midweek and Lampard could adopt a similar stance.

In team news, Andre Gomes remains out with the long-term injury he sustained against Tottenham. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph are also absent and how Duncan Ferguson sets up will be interesting as the Scot will have been keeping a close eye on players and their body language throughout this difficult period. Seamus Coleman could be pushing for a start having not been able to break into the starting 11 for quite a few games. Morgan Schneiderlin could also be used to shore up the midfield with Calvert-Lewin battling to lead the line.

Chelsea will be keeping a close eye on Antonio Rudiger with the German missing the last few games. Ross Barkley missed out against Aston Villa through illness and could remain out while Tammy Abraham is looking to shake off a knock to continue up front and add to his 13 league goals this season.

In meetings between these two, Chelsea have had the better of the exchanges over the years although Everton got four points out of the two games last season. A 0-0 at Stamford Bridge was followed up by a 2-0 win at Goodison courtesy of strikes from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Fans will be hoping their team can repeat the trick against a side pushing at the top end of the table.

Chelsea unsurprisingly start this game as favourites but we still feel the odds are generous enough to back. Bet365 have currently priced the Blues at 19/20 and given the form of Everton, any price close to evens represents excellent value. Both teams can be unsure defensively at times and we also propose backing over 2.5 goals at 8/11 with the same bookmaker.

Punter's Pick

Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park in their first game since the sacking of Marco Silva. Duncan Ferguson is taking temporary charge and fans will be hoping that a club legend will have the same galvanising effect as Frank Lampard has had on Chelsea. Can Everton step up a gear and give their fans something to cheer, or will the London side continue their charge for a top four finish?

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