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Chelsea vs. Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
06 March 2020
Sunday 8 March
Stamford Bridge – Premier League
Chelsea are struggling to protect fourth place and face another big challenge in Everton on Sunday. The Toffees arrive with a hope of claiming a spot in Europe next term, whilst the home side are still struggling to create distance between them and the sides outside of the top four.
The reverse fixture at Goodison Park ended in a 3-1 win for the home side, when Duncan Ferguson was in charge of the Toffees. Since then, Frank Lampard’s old teacher Carlo Ancelotti has taken charge of the Merseysiders and will be hoping to strengthen their current record of back-to-back wins against the Londoners in the Premier League and four on the bounce without losing. Everton conceded their only goal in four games in December and haven’t lost since the League Cup defeat in October 2017. Chelsea do have the upper hand overall though, but only just with 65-52-54 against Everton in 171 matches.
Lampard’s influential midfielder N’Golo Kante is not expected back until after this weekend’s match at the Bridge but should be the only concern for the home side. He has been out with a muscle injury since February 18 and having recovered Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi, the alternatives are great for the former Derby coach.
Everton arrive with a full squad to pick from and have even enjoyed the presence of André Gomes of late. Carlo Ancelotti should be able to pick his best XI unless anything happens on the training ground.
Chelsea vs. Everton Preview and Predictions
Chelsea squandered another big opportunity against Bournemouth, when they only managed a 2-2 draw and didn’t take advantage of their chasing rivals drawing at Old Trafford. Everton held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw, arguably the better side as well, but didn’t manage to claim all the spoils.
Chelsea may be backed at 1.90 to win the home game between the two sides, whilst another draw for them both stands at 3.60. Everton are currently 11th in the Premier League but look better off than when Ancelotti took charge just under three months ago.
The Toffees haven’t won in two League games but performed well against both Arsenal and Manchester United. Their next two are against Chelsea and Liverpool, before they travel to Norwich on March 21 and if they get anything from their next two games, it would be a boost ahead of a tough run-in in the top tier.
A place in Europe isn’t unheard of and there are currently five points separating them from Wolverhampton at sixth in a very tight mid-third of the table. Dominic Calvert-Lewin showed great spirit against Manchester United and could have scored the winner, if it wasn’t for VAR deciding against the goal because of an offside positioned Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The away side will arrive determined to build on their great form against Chelsea and at 4.10 to pick up the three points on their travels to London. But Chelsea are coming from a confident 2-1 win at home against Tottenham Hotspur. Their last home game will be one to brush a side for now, as Bayern Munich left London with a 3-0 advantage ahead of their return leg fixture in Bavaria.
Ancelotti is well known at Stamford Bridge and will be looking to get one over his former club. It could be an exciting game between two sides looking to attack.
Total Goals Over 2.5 at 1.71
Chelsea have played 17 games ending with three goal or more and both teams are likely to score in what’s expected to be an open-ended game at the Bridge.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score at anytime at 2.50
The English striker has scored 13 in 26 games, combining well with Richarlison of late. He has been looking lively in recent weeks and was lucky to score a cheeky goal against the Red Devils last time but looked dangerous on several occasions.