James CookeEverton vs Chelsea, Sunday March 17th, 11:30 Am, Goodison Park. This is one of the standout fixtures of the Premier League weekend as it pits two sides together who are eager to bounce back to form following disappointing results last time out in the division.
This is one of the standout fixtures of the Premier League weekend as it pits two sides together who are eager to bounce back to form following disappointing results last time out in the division.
Everton are in very poor form having lost six of their last nine matches in all competitions, seeing them slip into the bottom half of the Premier League.
The Toffees had appeared to have turned a corner having won at Cardiff, drawn against Liverpool and led 2-0 against Newcastle, before conspiring to lose the game.
Chelsea’s form had also appeared to have picked up significantly in recent weeks with four victories and two draws since their FA Cup elimination against Manchester United last month.
However, the Blues lost the League Cup final on penalties and suffered another disappointment last weekend as they were held 1-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The visitors will be favourites to continue their recent resurgence in form despite not possessing home advantage, as they hold superior form and quality over Everton.
The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be comfortable – a 2-1 triumph for the FA Cup holders isn’t impossible, but Everton need to dig in and could take a 1-1 draw.
Each of the previous two meetings between the sides have ended in scoreless draws – the meeting earlier this season at Stamford Bridge followed on from last year’s goalless encounter at Goodison Park. Everton’s home advantage should even out any Chelsea advantage this time out and with neither in a particularly strong run of form.
Linked into the previous bet, these games tend to be low scoring by their nature – only once in the past seven meetings have both teams found the net in the same game. Everton have failed to score in three of their last five games too, and this is among the best online betting odds for the weekend fixtures.
Head to Head
The two played out a dull 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, while the last meeting at Goodison Park also finished scoreless. Everton have not won any of the last six fixtures.
Everton have won just six of their 15 home games, collecting 22 points in the process – the 12th best record in the division.
Chelsea have won eight of their 14 games on the road this season but have lost five times on their travels – the fifth best record in the Premier League.
After winning their five opening league games, Chelsea have won just half (12) of their following 24 Premier League outings.
Everton have won just five of their last 19 matches in all competitions, a run which has seen them be defeated 11 times.
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