Chelsea v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 23, 2017
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
Defending Premier League champions Chelsea will be looking to build on their excellent 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday against Ronald Koeman's Everton
Chelsea have the upper hand in terms of recent meetings, winning their last two games against the Toffees, including a 5-0 win at Stamford Bridge last season as they marched to the title. Everton last win at the West London club came way back in 1994, thanks to a winner from Blues legend Paul Rideout.
Eden Hazard is likely to just miss out on this game for Chelsea. The Belgium international has returned to training after a ankle problem that has dogged him throughout pre-season, but is well short of match fitness.
Midfielder Ross Barkley is out for Everton with a hamstring problem, although the potential remains that he could have left Goodison Park the time this game is played, wit transfer rumours surrounding the England international all summer.
Sandro Ramirez also misses out with a heel injury, and the former Malaga striker is not expected to return to the first team until early September.
Ramiro Funes Mori and Yannick Bolasie are both long term absentees with serious knee injuries, as is defender Seamus Coleman, who remain out of action with a broken leg.
Chelsea v Everton Preview and Preview and Predictions
Chelsea look to have shaken off their opening day defeat to Burnley with that hard fought win over Tottenham at Wembley, and they will look to get into their stride against Everton.
However Koeman's side will be buoyed by a win against Stoke and a battling point away at Manchester City and they will not be fazed by the challenge of Chelsea, particularly on the basis of their shock opening day defeat to Burnley.
With that in mind, a raw looks to be a good option in this one, with neither side wanting to go all out attack at such an early stage of the season, and a draw is priced at 7/2.
A low scorer also looks likely given Everton's tight three man defence, and Koeman' pragmatic approach to away games, and an under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 10/11.
A 1-1 draw at 17/2
Both sides have their sights set on the top four this season, with Everton's summer transfers reflecting their desire to crack into the Chammpions League qualification spots in 2017-18, and more points against the top sides is a must if they want to achieve this.
Wayne Rooney to score first at 9/1
Rooney has enjoyed a dream return to Merseyside with two goal in two Premier League games and he will be itching to add to that against his old foes Chelsea.