Chelsea vs Everton preview, betting tips and predictions: Alvaro Morata to prove the difference at Stamford Bridge
Alvaro Morata to score first and Chelsea to win @ 3/1 with Bet365
Draw HT/Chelsea FT @ 11/4 with Bet365
Wayne Rooney to score anytime @ 10/3 with Bet365
Chelsea have not enjoyed facing Everton in recent years, and the Toffees always seem to show up when they on the verge of crisis. Victory over Tottenham at Wembley last week eased the situation somewhat, but memories of that shock defeat to Burnley at home on the opening day will still be fresh in their minds.
Ronald Koeman’s men will be full of belief that they can frustrate the champions even further having gone to Manchester City and drawn last week, coming within a matter of minutes of taking all three points. Everton will be without midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin after he was sent off at the Etihad Stadium, and that could prove decisive.
Although Chelsea looked very poor for long spells against Burnley, they did almost bounce back to draw it depite having nine men. Both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas will return to the side to face Everton and, particularly with the latter in midfield, will give them great confidence heading into the game. Alvaro Morata came off the bench to score and make a real difference for the hosts against Burnley, and he will start against Everton on Sunday. His movement and intelligence made link up play so much easier with the midfield, and with Schneiderlin missing, that connection could easily be recreated, meaning a 3/1 wincast for Morata to score first is rather good value.
But everyone knows Everton have the quality to not only frustrate Chelsea but threaten them too. They will hold a good shape and because Chelsea are not a particularly intense team to face, they will manage the game and could come on stronger in the second half, much like City did against Everton. A late onslaught with the quality at Antonio Conte’s disposal would be tough to stop, meaning a second half victory at 11/4 could be a likely outcome.
Four points from six is a positive return for Everton, but the only man to score for them this season is Wayne Rooney, who netted his 200th Premier League goal on Monday. He has been in such confident mood since returning to his hometown club and it is showing. Not many of the bookmakers are backing Everton to score in this game, but at 10/3 anytime, with the likelihood he will score if they do, those odds do seem very generous to Rooney and could be taken advantage of.
Key battle: Gylfi Sigurdsson vs N’Golo Kante
In what will likely be Sigurdsson’s full debut for Everton, he will play a crucial role in the game. Starting at number ten, or as an advanced central midfielder, he will come up directly against Kante, although he could drift in the same way he did at Swansea. If he does that, Kante must not follow him because it will open up space for Tom Davies to run into. In order to free up more space for Sigurdsson, Everton will look to play on the counter attack to get quicker in transitions, affording more space to him and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in particular, but soaking up pressure will be a lot tougher without Schneiderlin and will require another big display from Idrissa Gueye.