Everton v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 13, 2019
Goodison Park - Premier League
Champions League chasing Chelsea head to Goodison Park this weekend, looking to keep pace with Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for fourth place.
The reverse game between these two sides ended in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge back in November, and Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six games against Everton in Premier League and EFL Cup games in the past two and a half seasons.
However they have won just one of their last four visits to Goodison Park, stretching back to 2014.
Defender Seamus Coleman should be fit to return for Everton after pulling out in the warm up of last weekend's defeat to Newcastle due to illness, with fellow full back Leighton Baines also back in full training following a back injury. Club captain Phil Jagielka is out of action due to a knee problem, and Kurt Zouma is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has no injury worries ahead of the trip to Merseyside, with Mateo Kovacic and Pedro Rodriguez expected to shake off knocks, and Willian and Ross Barkley both pushing for a recall to the starting line up.
Everton v Chelsea Predictions and Preview
Everton were guilty of surrendering a two-goal advantage last weekend away at Newcastle United, eventually losing 3-2 to Rafa Benitez's Magpies, with Marco Silva' side slipping down to 11th in the Premier League table in the process. The Toffees have won just one of their last six Premier League games - away at relegation threatened Cardiff - and they are in real danger of missing out on a Europa League qualifying place due to their recent inconsistent league form.
Chelsea rescued a late draw at home to Wolves last time out, and Sarri's side have a chance to take advantage of Arsenal inaction this weekend and Manchester United's participation in the FA Cup Quarter Finals, as they push for fourth place. Their form has been solid in the Premier League in recent weeks, with just one defeat, to Manchester City, in league action in their last five games. however they have looked rocky away from Stamford Bridge, with four defeats in their last six away league games ahead of the trip to the North West.
With plenty at stake for the visitors, and tough end-of-season run-in on the horizon, Chelsea will view this as an ideal chance to stake their claim for Champions League, and with that in mind an away victory comes in at a profitable 10/11. With no wins in their last three games at Goodison, confidence is not particularly high amongst Toffees' fans, but they will not make it easy for Chelsea - and an under 2.5 total goals scored bet also comes in at a strong price of 10/11.
Chelsea to win 2-0 at 9/1
The Blues are determined not to fall too far behind in the race for Champions L:eague football for next season, and that means they must collect maximum points from this game on Sunday afternoon. Sarri's side should have fire power to trouble an Everton defence that has conceded nine goals in their last six games in Premier League competition.
Callum Hudson-Odoi to score anytime at 13/5
England U21 international Hudson-Odoi has scored twice in his last four appearances, albeit in the Europa League, and Sarri may look to give him a go from the start here. His pace and goal threat will be a real concern for an Everton back line missing Zouma, and potentially Coleman.