Chelsea vs Everton: Chelsea to claim long overdue victory
Everton have caused Chelsea to drop points at Stamford Bridge in the majority of recent seasons, but Andre Villas-Boas can guide his team to victory to ensure that the pressure at the top of the Premier League standings is kept up on Manchester United and Manchester City.
All of the last five showdowns between the pair at Stamford Bridge have ended in draws, while Chelsea have only secured maximum points in one of their last nine home games with Everton.
It is 4/1 that the pair share the spoils again.
Chelsea’s odds are 1/3 to beat Everton and this result is easily the most likely given that Chelsea have won nine of their last ten home games and Everton are currently on a two-game losing run.
However, they will be boosted by the FA’s decision to overturn Jack Rodwell’s three-match ban on appeal after his sending off in the Merseyside derby.
Everton are 8/1 to continue their fine record at Stamford Bridge with a victory.
The previously written-off Frank Lampard returned to silence his critics with a hat-trick at The Reebok as Chelsea brushed aside Bolton 5-1 in their latest league outing.
He now has four goals in two games after also scoring in the Champions League against Valencia and he may be worth siding with to score at any time in the 90 minutes at 5/4.
Meanwhile, Didier Drogba has an excellent record, scoring seven in his last nine Premier League matches against The Toffees. He is 4/7 to score at any time, or 3/1 to strike first.
The fact that Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six games will give Everton some added hope and it is 6/5 that both teams will score.
Louis Saha has a great record for Everton against Chelsea, scoring five goals in six appearances. A great outside bet is Saha to score and Everton to win or draw at 33/1.