Kick-off: 1400, 08/03/2020
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
Chelsea should be on a real high after knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup and can now boost their Premier League top-four hopes by beating Everton.
The Toffees have improved under former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti, but remain vulnerable at the back and still have the third-worst defensive record on the road in this division.
We’re snapping up 29/20 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game for our first Chelsea vs Everton prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea emerged from Tuesday’s 2-0 triumph over Liverpool with a number of positives going forward.
Ross Barkley ended an eight-game goal drought with a superb solo effort and Kepa Arrizabalaga delivered a redemptive goalkeeping show.
Frank Lampard was also left purring over the performance of 18-year-old playmaker Billy Gilmour at Stamford Bridge.
“I’ve got absolute trust in Billy,” said Lampard. “He’s small in stature, but he’s huge in personality – and also huge in talent.
“He does all the right things and he’s humble. He performed like a top-class player going up against top-class players. So it was a great performance.”
The Blues did suffer more injury woes, though, with Willian and Mateo Kovacic both picking up Achilles problems.
With Jorginho missing out against Everton due to suspension, Chelsea could be without as many as nine front-line talents this weekend.
They have also gone six top-flight fixtures without keeping a clean sheet after following up a 2-1 win over Tottenham by drawing 2-2 at Bournemouth.
We still believe the hosts have enough talent available to strengthen their claims on fourth place, though.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Everton odds, we like 11/5 for a home win and both teams to score.
Last Chelsea EPL line-up: Caballero, Alonso, Christensen, James, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Pedro, Giroud.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton enjoyed mixed luck when drawing 1-1 with Manchester United at Goodison Park last time out.
The Toffees were a touch fortunate to be level at half-time, as United dominated proceedings after David De Gea’s howler gifted Dominic Calvert-Lewin an early opener.
However, they were the better team in the second period and only a contentious VAR decision denied Everton a last-gasp decider.
That made it 18 points accrued in Ancelotti’s 10 matches as manager, so the feeling is that the Merseysiders are on the right track.
“For it to be a little bit disappointing not to have come away with three points shows the direction we are going in,” said Mason Holgate.
On Ancelotti, the defender added: “He is so experienced; the teams he has worked for speaks for itself and everyone has a clear mindset of what they are doing, which helps us a lot.”
There are still some areas of concern, though, with Jordan Pickford’s form patchy at best and other defensive frailties again exposed in a 3-2 loss at Arsenal recently.
Everton have also lost the second period in all six of their away games when visiting top-half teams, netting just once.
Let’s finish off our Chelsea vs Everton betting tips by taking 21/20 for the Toffees to be outscored after the break at Stamford Bridge.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Holgate, Baines, Keane, Coleman, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Davies, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott.
CHELSEA 2-0 Liverpool – Willian, Ross Barkley
EVERTON 1-1 Man Utd – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Head-to-head: Everton 3-1 Chelsea, Everton 2-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Everton, Everton 0-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-1 Everton, Chelsea 2-0 Everton
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