Chelsea can crank up the pressure on Everton when they play host to the men from Merseyside in the last 16 of the League Cup on Wednesday night.
The Toffees called time on Ronald Koeman's reign as manager on Monday in the wake of a humiliating 5-2 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday and the men from Merseyside will hope that the Dutchman's departure leads to an immediate upturn in fortunes; Chelsea, though, will provide stiff opposition in this tie.
Antonio Conte’s team showed character as they came from 2-1 down to claim a vital 4-2 victory against Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and the side from Stamford Bridge will be determined to maintain momentum when they take on the Toffees.
Chelsea have scored 10 goals without reply in their last three matches against Everton, who have won just two of their last 13 games in all competitions, so it is perhaps no surprise that the west Londoners are as short as 2/5 (1.40) with dabblebet to book their place in the quarter finals of this competition inside 90 minutes.
Everton are desperate for a positive result and their home tie against Championship strugglers Sunderland in the previous round of this competition provided some much-needed solace as the Toffees cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win at Goodison Park; dabblebet offer 7/1 (8.0) that Everton move into the last eight with a stunning win at Stamford Bridge, while the same firm go 7/2 (4.50) that the tie remains deadlocked at the end of 90 minutes.
The last two matches played at Stamford Bridge have produced no fewer than 12 goals and, as such, the 7/10 (1.70) quote from the odds compilers for more than two goals to be scored could offer good value for the punters, while dabblebet’s 13/8 (2.63) quote for at least four goals to be scored is sure to attract support, given that the selection would have landed in two of the last three meetings between these teams in west London.
Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last five matches and Everton will feel that they are capable of breaching the Blues’ defensive unit, for, despite their problems, the Toffees have been on target in six of their last seven outings; dabblebet go 10/11 (1.91) that there are goals at both ends in this game, while the same firm go 12/5 (3.40) that the men from Merseyside open the scoring – as they did in what proved to be Koeman's last match in charge on Sunday.
Everton will hope that Koeman's departure from Goodison Park will provide fresh impetus, but Chelsea are capable of piling on the agony for the Toffees by securing a comfortable Cup win on Wednesday evening; Conte’s charges are an even money (2.0) chance with dabblebet to come out on top by at least two goals in this game and backing the Blues to win (-1) in the handicap market could provide punters with a path to profit ahead of this showdown at Stamford Bridge.