Everton - Chelsea Betting Preview: Stalemate on the cards for in-form Blues and resolute Toffees

An irresistible force meets an immovable object when Rafael Benitez's side travel to an Everton side unbeaten at home and Jamie Dickenson is backing the draw
Chelsea travel to Goodison Park to face an Everton side that remains unbeaten on home soil in the Premier League this season.

But Rafa Benitez's in-form Blues are the favourites with William Hill to break that undefeated spell on Merseyside with a price available of 13/10 (2.30).

The Toffees have won five and drawn four on their own patch in the division this campaign, and even without the suspended Maruouane Fellaini they will have their backers for victory at 21/10 (3.10).

Despite Chelsea's hot-streak of six wins from seven (in all competitions) and a whopping 14 goals scored in three games, Everton have the joint best home record - along with Stoke - and will be a tough nut to crack.

Therefore it seems that the best match bet to go for would be the draw at 23/10 (3.3), a result that would maintain the two-point gap currently seen between David Moyes' team and the Londoners.

Moyes' counterpart Benitez is beginning to win over the Chelsea faithful after a testing start to his career as manager, and arguably his most telling contribution since replacing Roberto Di Matteo so far has been the deployment of centre-back David Luiz in midfield.

The Brazilian shone at the Club World Championship, scored against Aston Villa and has effortlessly made the push forward from defence under Benitez.

He is a dark horse to score against Everton, and can be supported at 25/1 (26.0) to break the deadlock and 8/1 (9.0) to score anytime which, considering his more advanced role, is a price that will garner plenty of support.

For the hosts Nikica Jelavic is the 6/1 (7.0) favourite to strike first and add to his six Premier League goals already this campaign.

Recent history in this fixture at Goodison Park weighs heavily in the favour of Everton, who have won the last three meetings.

Last season the home side ran out 2-0 winners, but with Chelsea in such good form a closer game looks in prospect. Chelsea's last point in the blue half of Merseyside was a 0-0 draw in 2008, and a repeat scoreline is available at 10/1 (11.0).

However, with Chelsea firing on all their attacking cylinders and Everton's last 14 league games seeing both teams score, backing the two sides to both find the net in this one would appear a banker at 13/20 (1.65).

For that reason the score draw should be favoured, with 1-1 the most tempting at 6/1 (7.0) but 2-2 also worth considering at 14/1 (15.0).

Everton and Chelsea to draw at 23/10 (3.30) with William Hill
1-1 Correct Score at 6/1 (7.0) with William Hill

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