A return to form for club talisman Frank Lampard has arrived in timely fashion after the England international suffered some heavy criticism and doubt over his Chelsea future.
With a hat-trick in the Blues’ last Premier League game against Bolton earning those shrewd enough to back this feat a hefty profit, odds of 9/2 for him to score the first goal against Everton tomorrow would also accrue a tidy return.
The Toffees are likely to set up with a compact shape, sitting back and making it difficult for Didier Drogba and company to make runs in behind or find space in the box.
This could well allow Lampard, who is available at 6/5 to score at any time, more opportunities to have a pop at goal from outside the area, while he remains a threat from free-kicks and is still the club’s designated penalty taker.
It is also interesting to note that the former West Ham midfielder opened the scoring – albeit in extra time – when these two sides met at the Bridge in the FA Cup in February.
Daniel Sturridge has arguably been Chelsea’s stand-out performer in recent matches, and despite Fernando Torres still looking a shadow of his former self, he too has been amongst the goals.
In their absence, however, Lampard has stepped into the breach and will look to continue from his strong showing against Bolton by reminding those critics just why he has been at such a top club for so long.
Elsewhere in the team, Ramires bagged a brace against Swansea in the Blues’ previous home match and is priced at 3/1 to score at any time during the match or a tempting 12/1 to break the deadlock.
Having said that, Chelsea must be careful not to come unstuck against the Toffees, who have a better recent head-to-head record against them in recent times.
David Moyes’ men have won three of the last ten meetings between the sides, compared to the Blues’ two victories, while the rest have been draws. Everton also got the better of their rivals in their last Premier League meeting with a 1-0 win at Goodison Park.
Tim Cahill and Louis Saha present the greatest goal threat for the Toffees and can both be backed at 2/1 to score at any time. Cahill is yet to hit the back of the net this season and will be looking to break his duck against Andre Villas-Boas’ men.
However, Everton have found away goals hard to come by thus far, having only scored once against Blackburn, and that came from former midfielder Mikel Arteta prior to his move to Arsenal.
So get your money on a Chelsea player if you’re looking at the goalscorer markets and Lampard would definitely be my choice.
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