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    23/12/2017 Kick Off:  12:30 pm Goodison Park V Predicted Score:1 - 1

    Away Chelsea

      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.

       

       

      Team News

      Everton's Last Six:

        Everton’s last six: Won: 4 Drawn: 1 Lost: 1

        The Toffees last tasted defeat under caretaker boss David Unsworth, and their recent improvement will only be helped by the return to fitness of a number of key players.

        Yannick Bolasie, Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are all closing in on a return, although it remains to be seen whether any of them make Saturday’s game. Full-backs Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman will also provide major boosts when they’re fit to play in the near future.

        Chelsea's Last Six:

          Chelsea’s last six: Won: 4 Drawn: 1 Lost: 1

          The narrow win over Southampton saw Chelsea record back-to-back victories after the disappointing defeat at West Ham.

          Marcos Alonso scored the only goal of the game on Saturday, but he misses the trip to Goodison after picking up his fifth booking of the season in injury time. David Luiz remains sidelined with a knee problem, although this could be a cover story with the Brazilian rumoured to be on his way out of the club.

          Everton vs Chelsea Betting Tips, Preview & 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.

          Predicted Score: Everton 1 - 1 Chelsea

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