The FA Cup may not have been high on Carlo Ancelotti’s list at the start of the season, but Saturday’s fifth-round replay with Everton is a huge match for the Italian.
Seemingly out of the title race, Chelsea are still struggling to shake off their poor form and a defeat to Everton would leave Ancelotti’s Chelsea future hinging on a strong Champions League showing.
Chelsea are the 4/7 favourites to beat Everton on Saturday but considering the amount of draws between the two sides recently – five in the last seven games – it would be no surprise if this match was settled in extra time.
The draw in 90 minutes is more than backable at 11/4 and Everton seem pretty friendless at 5/1 considering they’ve only won one of their last six matches.
Both of the matches between the two have finished 1-1 this season and backing a 1-1 draw at 6/1 looks the best bet.
Aside from a 3-3 draw in 2009, historically this game has never been a high scoring affair with six of the last ten games producing under 2.5 goals and under 2.5 goals in Saturday’s match is priced at 5/6.
The loss of Louis Saha is a huge blow for Everton considering the French striker has 7 goals in 13 Premier League games and two FA Cup appearances against Chelsea, and the scoring burden now falls on Tim Cahill who is 11/1 to score first and 7/2 to score any time.
Fernando Torres is cup-tied so Didier Drogba will start and after being dropped for the Fulham game, Drogba has a point to prove and looks the best bet at 3/1 to get the first goal.
With both teams in poor form it’s likely to be a timid affair and backing the second half to have more goals than the first looks a decent bet at 1/1.
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