Everton v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
April 26, 2017
Sunday April 30 – Goodison Park – Premier League
Everton welcome title-chasing Chelsea to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, with the hosts keen to maintain their European qualification chances.
This fixture has served up some fantastic battles in recent seasons, and this game should follow suit. Everton won in both Premier League and FA Cup action at Goodison against Chelsea last season, and the visitors’ last win at Everton came back in 2014.
Everton have no fresh injury news ahead of this one, with a host of first team players out with long term injuries.
Yannick Bolasie and Mo Besic have both returned to light training, but are a long way from a first team return and Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Ramiro Funes Mori all out.
Ronald Koeman will have to make a decision on whether to keep Martin Stekelenberg in goal, or recall Joel Robles, who was benched for the 0-0 draw at West Ham.
Chelsea have no injury worries, with defender Gary Cahill shaking off an illness that kept him out of the FA Cup win over Tottenham.
Everton v Chelsea Preview and Predictions
Everton have been superb since the turn of the year, losing just twice, to Liverpool and Tottenham, and unbeaten at home in the League in 2017.
Chelsea’s title challenge has come under threat in recent weeks, with defeat to Manchester United, breathing life into Tottenham’s chasing down of Conte’s men.
However their quest to secure the title is unlikely to be derailed by Koeman’s side, who despite their form, will find it difficult to shut out Chelsea’s attack.
A draw looks the most likely option in this one, with it priced at 5/2. Goals are also the likely to be on the agenda, given the talents of Romelu Lukaku, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard on display, with a 2.5 goals bet at 4/5.
Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at 13/8
Lukaku is leading the Premier League goal scoring charts, with 24 goals, and the Belgian forward has three goals in his last three Premier League games. The former Chelsea man will look to be a thorn in his former team’s side, his power and speed will be a real threat for Chelsea’s defence.
Eden Hazard to score anytime at 6/4
Hazard narrowly missed out to teammate N’Golo Kante in the PFA Player of the Year Award, but his form for Chelsea this season has been sensational. He will provide a threat from deeper areas, and Everton will have to be very wary of him in both midfield and attack.