Everton

V

Goodison Park

23/12/2017 | 12:30 pm

Chelsea

V

Goodison Park

23/12/2017 | 12:30 pm

In a sentence: With a resurgent Everton unbeaten in five games under new manager Sam Allardyce, this isn’t a good time for Chelsea to visit Goodison Park.

Last time: The teams met in the League Cup in October, with Chelsea progressing in the competition thanks to a 2-1 win. It was their fourth straight victory over the Toffees after beating them 2-0 in the Premier League earlier in the season.

This time: Everton are 5/1 for the win, while Chelsea are 17/25 and the draw’s 3/1.

You might remember: Frank Lampard winning the FA Cup for Chelsea against Everton back in 2009. Louis Saha had put the Toffees in front after just 25 seconds, which was the fastest goal in FA Cup final history. However Didier Drogba equalised for Guus Hiddink’s side before Lampard settled the contest from 25 yards.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Everton showed plenty of character and determination to recover from going a goal down against Swansea on Monday evening. The Toffees will need a similar performance along with the kind of quality shown by Gylfi Sigurdsson when he crashed one in from distance if they’re to have the same success against Chelsea.

Everton are 5/1 for the win, which is a very generous price considering their upturn in form. Allardyce has won four of his five games in charge, claiming a point at Anfield in the other. Despite the lapse in concentration for Leroy Fer’s goal last time out, the Toffees have tightened up at the back. There seems to be renewed belief coursing through the squad, so such long odds make the home win very tempting.

Chelsea are 17/25 to take all three points back to Stamford Bridge, a result which would draw them level on points with second placed Manchester United, at least until Jose Mourinho’s side play later in the day. With Arsenal and Liverpool playing each other on Friday night, the Blues could find themselves with a margin of seven or eight points when it comes to securing a top four finish and Champions League football.

The draw is 3/1, which could be a good bet bearing in mind Everton’s excellent recent form. Chelsea have a strong defensive record, but Wayne Rooney is already into double figures for the season and has looked revitalised of late. Alvaro Morata is just a goal behind Rooney, so a 1-1 draw at 7/1 or a 2-2 scoreline at 18/1 looks like decent value.

Rooney is 18/5 to score anytime and continue his excellent goalscoring run. The former England captain has six goals in his last five games, and is priced at 9/1 to open the scoring at the weekend. If you think Rooney will bag his second hat-trick inside a month, you can get odds of 150/1.

Morata is 30/1 to net a treble, but an anytime bet at 11/10 looks like the more sensible option. The Spaniard will lead the line once again for the Blues, who can be irresistible at times going forward. He’s available at 16/5 to score the first goal of the game, which would be his tenth Premier League goal since arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A cagey start. Chelsea will be wary of their trip to Goodison in this early kick off, and their system always allows them to drop the wing-backs in and keep things tight early on. Things could begin slowly due to the busy schedules the teams have faced, with the second half priced at 12/10 to be the highest scoring.

2

We fancy:

Both teams to score at evens. Everton haven’t failed to find the back of the net so far under Allardyce, and are full of confidence. Chelsea meanwhile boast the likes of Morata, Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian in their ranks.

 

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Morata to score first in a 2-2 draw at 45/1. Back the Toffees to show their resilience once again as they recover from going a goal down to claim a point against the reigning Premier League champions.

 

 

Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!