Chelsea have had an indifferent start in their bid to retain the Premier League title, having lost three of their eight games. A 4-2 win over Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday has left them in fourth place in the table, nine points behind leaders Manchester City. Two wins, two defeats, and a draw from five home games is perhaps not what their fans expected – and they had to leave it late with two goals in the last six minutes to see off stubborn Watford.
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Everton’s plight has been far worse. They have won just twice in nine league games and lost 5-2 at home to Arsenal on Sunday. With Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Manchester United, they have managed just seven goals in those nine games and dropped into the relegation zone on goal difference, having managed just eight points.
Cup football can be a great leveller and this EFL Cup tie will be a welcome distraction for the Toffeemen, who have been desperately low on confidence, not helped by the UEFA Europa League campaign that has been nothing short of shambolic.
Our Chelsea vs Everton preview suggests that the hosts, who have had an extra day’s rest to prepare, are likely to go through to the next round. We also highlight in our Chelsea vs Everton predictions that there should be a few goals in the contest and address that from the available EFL Cup odds.
Chelsea are third favourites behind Manchester City and Manchester United to win the EFL Cup. While they have made a stuttering start to the league campaign, not helped by the added pressure of Champions League football, this is a competition that Antonio Conte’s side have an excellent chance of capturing.
They conceded three times against Roma and twice at Crystal Palace last week, so it is easy to see where the problems lay. Chelsea’s defensive frailty may give Everton hope, yet they are lacking bite up front and were woefully inept in a 1-1 draw at Brighton last week. Their record at Stamford Bridge is also poor – their last win came in November 1994.
Chelsea have won the last three clashes by a combined score of 10-0, with 5-0 and 2-0 wins at home, punctuated by a 3-0 success at Goodison Park in between. Seven of the last 12 clashes yielded three goals or more.
Chelsea may see this as a minor competition, but it is silverware that is realistically winnable and given Everton’s form, allied to their poor record at Stamford Bridge, the Blues should triumph. Our Chelsea vs Everton picks conclude that over 2.5 goals might be the best bet, with Chelsea in the ascendancy. The double looks viable and Betway appear to offer fair value in this market.
Sometimes it pays to go against a trend. In four of Chelsea’s last six Premier League games, there have been goals in only one half. This was the same outcome in five of Everton’s first nine games. So, you would be out of pocket had you taken a positive route and backed a goal or more to be scored in each half.
In the last seven games between these two sides, there has been a goal in each half on just two occasions. This stat is remarkable, as the percentage of this happening is way off where it would normally be, so at some point, the balance will be restored and there will be goals in each half. Given Chelsea’s leaky rear-guard and Everton’s lack of confidence, we expect Chelsea to score in the first half, as they have done in five of their last seven league games. Everton may have to be a little more adventurous and therefore, the second half may be a more open affair. Therefore, we go against the stats and expect there to be a goal in each half. Coral appear to offer the best value and this looks one of the better Chelsea vs Everton bets on offer in this week’s football predictions.
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