Half-time draw to be an Everton v Chelsea money-maker

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With over 100 markets already available for the upcoming Premier League clash between Everton and Chelsea, looking beyond the common offerings may result in a better opportunity to turn a profit.

And one price that immediately jumps out as a money-making option is the 23/20 on offer that the scores are level at half time at Goodison Park.

All of Roberto Martinez’ four games as Everton boss thus far would have resulted in this bet being successful, with all three in the Premier League failing to see a single first-half goal scored.

A goalless opening 45 minutes with Chelsea can be backed at 19/10, which was also the score in Chelsea’s one away league outing so far against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

In fact, two of Chelsea’s three Premier League fixtures have also been level at the break and the Premier League as a whole has been a hotbed of half-time draws so far this season.

Some 30 games have been played thus far and of these, 16 have been all-square at the break, meaning any price better than 1/1 would appear good value for a fixture to be level at the break. This makes 23/20 stand out further.

When looking at past Premier League meetings between Everton and Chelsea, it is additionally noted that half-time draws are fairly commonplace.

Chelsea triumphed 2-1 in both clashes with Everton last season and on each occasion the scores were tied at the interval.

Meanwhile, five of the last eight encounters between these two in all competition have gone into half time on level terms.

Based on last season’s results, the 4/1 that Chelsea triumph in a game that is level at the break looks a fair price, alongside the 8/1 offered that Jose Mourinho orchestrates a 2-1 success.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.