England Premier League
Sunday 17th March 2019
Kick off at 4.30pm GMT
Venue: Goodison Park
Last weekend Everton lost their 13th game of the season when they were in control against Newcastle. The Toffee men were 2-0 up but ended up losing the game 3-2. Pressure wasn’t immediately thrown upon manager Marco Silva given that Newcastle’s 3rd and winning goal clearly looked offside and some of the officiating seemed harsh. Still questions would have been raised as to why Everton could not see out the game after leading so well.
That result means that Everton come into this match in 11th place but a win could see them back into the top 10. Form though has not been good with the club recording just 1 win from their past five matches which was a 3-0 victory over Cardiff.
At home Silva’s side have won just 4 points from their last 15, and whilst the club will be safe this season the worry is that they are not going to progress points wise from last season when they finished with 49.
This is a big game for Chelsea as it is their game in hand and a win could see them shake up the top four. It would take Chelsea into 5th place but level on points with 4th placed Arsenal, and if they were to win big, goal difference could put them past The Gunners.
Chelsea got a superb 5-0 2nd leg win over Dynamo Kiev in midweek to progress to the quarter finals of the Europa League, so confidence should be high with the team.
In the league they have picked up 10 points from their last 15 although their last game at home to Wolves, which finished 1-1, was seen as a disappointment. Away from home the club have just 1 win in their last 4 matches.
Everton: Phil Jageilka is out with a muscle injury but should be back after the international break. Kurt Zouma is ineligable to play against his parent club
Chelsea: Gonzalo Higuain will be assessed as he had a fever this week but is 50/50 to make the game. Davide Zappacosta has a knock but will be assessed as it is thought to be minor
Everton vs Chelsea Head to Head:
The last two meetings have both ended 0-0.
Everton have not beaten Chelsea for 6 games.
From the last 7 games, both teams to score has only occured once.
Everton vs Chelsea Prediction:
Even though Chelsea have been the better side this season the feeling is that Everton can get something from this game. There is pressure on the club to perform at home, and the longer Everton can keep a clean sheet the better. This is why we think goals will happen in the 2nd half and we could see a quiet first. But we also think Everton may try and take charge of the game early on, the club have a point to prove so we will be backing them score as well as Chelsea, who will only have to beat a defence missing both Zouma and Jageilka.
Some bookmakers are offering how many passes will the teams make in the game. This is a market that can offer decent odds. Considering that Everton averaged 340 passes against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, perhaps they should be taken on to complete 320 passes or more.
Everton vs Chelsea Betting Tips:
Both teams to score (Yes) at 1.80
Everton to complete 320 or more passes at 1.72
Highest scoring half: 2nd half at 1.91