Everton vs Chelsea
Competition: England Premier League
Date: 23 December 2017
Kick-off: 13:30 CET
Everton fans have been watching lately the team they had expected to see at the start of the season. The Toffees didn’t just put an end to their run of pathetic results and performances, but they’ve gone on to win five of their last six games (including a 3-0 in Cyprus, in the Europa League). The only game they haven’t won since late November was that 1-1 draw at Liverpool, a rather lucky point, but a point nonetheless. Last Monday they came from behind to beat Swansea City at home. Calvert-Lewin’s equalizer just before halftime could be called a game-changer, as things would definitely have been very different if Everton had gone to the dressing room losing. That added-time goal was the perfect morale boost for them before returning to the pitch for the second half. Interestingly, Everton have conceded just two goals in their last six matches. Right before that, they had conceded nine(!) to Atalanta and Southampton (when Ronald Koeman was still in charge), yes, nine, in just two games. They have climbed 9th in the table. Only leaders Manchester City have a better (perfect) record than them in the last five game weeks.
An added-time goal by Alvaro Morata gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday, a victory that means the Blues will be facing Arsenal in the EFL Cup semifinals. Antonio Conte made a total of eight changes to his starting lineup, compared to the one against Huddersfield Town last weekend. Conte gambled, but it paid off. Chelsea qualified, and most of their regulars got a good rest, an important detail as we’re entering the hectic festive period in the Premier League, during which the teams are going to be playing every few days. The Blues have dropped just four points in their last 10 Premier League games, picking up 26 out of a possible 30 is definitely impressive, but… unluckily for them, Manchester City have been even more impressive, so the gap between the two has grown even bigger. The Blues are sitting 3rd in the table, 14 whole points behind leaders City.
Previous five matches:
Everton vs Swansea 3-1
Newcastle vs Everton 0-1
Liverpool vs Everton 1-1
Apollon Limassol vs Everton 0-3
Everton vs Huddersfield 2-0
Chelsea vs Bournemouth 2-1
Chelsea vs Southampton 1-0
Huddersfield vs Chelsea 1-3
West Ham vs Chelsea 1-0
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid 1-1
Everton’s next game is on Tuesday at West Brom. Same day, Chelsea will be hosting Brighton (both England Premier League matches).
Everton vs Chelsea: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Everton and two for Chelsea in the last five games between these two at Goodison Park. Three of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Everton vs Chelsea: Prediction
Chelsea are considered huge favourites to win the game, but Everton have looked very good lately, they have stayed undefeated in six matches in a row now (even though most of their opponents were nowhere near Chelsea’s level), so I’m willing to take the risk of backing them to earn at least a draw in this match.
Everton vs Chelsea: Betting Tips
Everton’s double chance pays 2.25, and I consider it good enough to avoid risking with number of goals and other special bets.
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