Chelsea are on the slide. Carlo Ancelotti’s team have gone from being on the verge of running away with the league to being knocked off their perch by Manchester United. 

Now The Blues welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge in what suddenly looks a very tricky test.

Chelsea to concede more ground to rivals?

Three defeats, a draw and a victory in the past five matches is not the form of champions, and with their title rivals continuing to pick up points, Chelsea’s players are starting to feel the heat.

The sacking of coach Ray Wilkins, the loss of form of some key players and injuries to others have all been blamed for Chelsea’s demise, but once in decline, it is hard to reverse the trend. Everton will smell blood.

Despite their poor form, Chelsea remain favourites at -275 at Victor Chandler and quality does not disappear overnight. But it will be a tight contest with victory by the odd goal. A good bet is on a low-scoring draw, with 0-0 priced at +1200 or 1-1 quoted at +650 – both by Victor Chandler. Football betting Odds of less than 1.5 goals at +350 from Bodog also look tempting.

Tricky Toffees to make life hard for Champions Chelsea

While Chelsea feel the heat at the top, Everton have pressure of their own. Tipped as outsiders for a Champions League place at the start of the season, they find themselves just two points from safety in sixteenth place.

Everton have proven in recent years, and again this season, that when it comes to playing the big boys, form goes out of the window. David Moyes’ side will be encouraged by Chelsea’s recent results and odds of +800 at Bodog on an away victory look very generous. A draw at +360 from Victor Chandler is also a good option.

Like Chelsea, Everton have injury problems of their own, but they remain a well-organised and dangerous team on their day. The creative midfield talents of Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta added the cunning of Tim Cahill will be constant threats to a weakened home defence.

Chelsea will soon break out of their poor run of form, but Everton are more than capable of punishing any doubts and lack of confidence. My best bet is on a 1-1 draw.

Free Football Tip: Chelsea 1-1 Everton