Rafa Benitez take Chelsea over to Goodison Park to face an Everton side that are still unbeaten at home in what could provide good value as a draw in the betting markets.Everton have remained competitive this season as they currently sit in a three-way tie with Arsenal and West Brom for fifth in the Premier League table. A win here would allow them to temporarily leap both teams and more importantly also move ahead of Chelsea for that elusive and coveted fourth Champions League spot.
The Toffees have been extra resilient at home, generating a record so far of five wins and four draws making them one of two teams to still remain undefeated at home (Stoke City is the other for you trivia junkies).
But as usual, being a smaller club going up against a household name like Chelsea means that they are considered underdogs here with a payout of 2.88 available over at Uwin.com. They are unbeaten in seven straight matches and are tied for second in the league for the least amount of losses with only two, so the home win is not that far-fetched. Not to mention that they'll have midfielder Darron Gibson back after the FA rescinded his red card from last week.
However, the best pick of the bunch based off the numbers has to be the draw which is listed at 3.25 at the present time though expect that to change closer to the 8:30am EST kickoff. Everton are only behind Stoke City for total ties with nine. Maybe the 1-1 or 2-2 correct score is to your liking and with odds of 6.55 and 13.00 respectively, it could certainly pay dividends.
The visitors will be jeered upon their arrival mainly due to their big club status and, of course, because old Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez makes his return to Goodison Park where he poked fun of Everton when he referred to them as having a small club mentality. Definitely expect a hostile atmosphere for the Londoners.
Besids the off-pitch hype, Chelsea have performed well as of late winning three straight EPL matches. In addition they have a stellar 5-2-2 record on the road which has allowed them to remain in the hunt for a Champion's League spot. The defending European Champions can be had at 2.50 for the outright win.
With both teams averaging well over 2.5 total goals per match so far, the O2.5 doesn't appear that bad at 1.89.
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