Chelsea vs. Everton Soccer Picks: Look For Both Teams To Score On Matchday 22

Kevin Stott

Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:33 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 4:33 PM GMT

We look at recent trends and injuries in order for us to make a good soccer pick or two for this weekend English Premier League contest between Chelsea FC and Everton FC.

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Predicted Final Score: Chelsea 1 - Everton 1
EPL Soccer Pick: Both Teams To Score ‘Yes’ -125
Best Line Offered: at WagerWeb

 

Chelsea has seemed to play a little bit better since José Mourinho has left West London but interim manager Guus Hiddink and the Blues face a big test at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when former teammate Romelu Lukaku and Everton pay a visit to West London in Matchday 22. Chelsea is unbeaten in the L10 meetings here against the Toffees while Everton is 7-6-2 in its L15 matches in all competitions and has just one Road loss so far this season. 

 

Odds Overview
Chelsea vs. Everton [Saturday 15:00] (USA Network, NBC Sports Live Extra (US); Setanta Sports 1 (UK); SKY México (CRI, DR); 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST): Defending English Premier League champions and currently 14th-place Chelsea (6-6-9, 28 GF-31 GA) play host to 11th-place Everton (6-10-5, 36 GF-29 GA) at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in this English Premier League Matchday 22 fixture from West London between two clubs who are probably shocked to be outside of the top 10 places in the league table on January 16th. Soccer odds boards here have host Chelsea -150 favorites over guests Everton (+485) with the Draw priced at +280 (Bet365) with the Total (Goals) in this contest set at 2½ with the Over priced at -125 and Under priced at +100 (Bet365). Some Props wagers for this EPL match from SW6: Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ -137, ‘No’ +100 (Ladbrokes); To Win To Nil: Chelsea +175, Everton +700 (William Hill); and, Draw No Bet: Chelsea -350, Everton +290 (PaddyPower).

 

Everton FC
Everton (3-6-1 on Road, 13 GF-9 GA) and Manager Roberto Martínez have strangely been much better on the Road this EPL season, with 15 points earned in 10 matches with 6 Draws after Wednesday’s 0-0 tie at Manchester City and just one Loss (Arsenal) in that span. And since that setback to the Gunners in North London, Romelu Lukaku (15 goals, +200 Anytime Goalscorer, Sky Bet) and the Toffees have gone an impressive 7-6-2 in all competitions and Wednesday’s Matchday 19 0-0 Draw at the Etihad Stadium against the Sky Blues demonstrated this team’s prowess on the Road, Defense and current positive flow. Besides the 22-year-old Belgian striker—whom Chelsea sold to Everton—the visiting Toffees will be looking to Arouna Koné (5 goals,+350, Sky Bet), Steven Naismith (3 goals, +333, Sky Bet), Kevin Mirallas (+400), Ross Barkley (+350) and Gerard Deulofeu (2 goals, +600) for scoring. On Defense, John Stones (+1800), Leighton Baines (+650) and Phil Jagielka (+1100) are all solid and can provide the occasional goal while American GK Tim Howard—who Martínez said might not be back at Goodison Park next season earlier this week with backup Joel Robles playing so well in some recent Toffees Cup wins—has been his usual steady self and blanked City midweek. With Lukaku and Koné, Everton (750/1 to win English Premier League, Sky Bet) is always capable of scoring a quick goal, but like Chelsea, the Toffees have had a disappointing EPL season but are playing better (7-6-2 L15 overall in all competitions) and both should have better 2nd Halves. This is not only an important match for both teams in the standings, but also for their heads.

 

Chelsea FC
Chelsea (4-3-4 at Home, 17 GF-16 GA) went unbeaten at Home here at Stamford Bridge last season but that was at a better time in its history when Didier Drogba still roamed the pitch, Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois made up one of the best GK pairings in the sport’s history and the brilliant Eva Carneiro was still the team Physio. With the three sacred cows Drogba, Cech and Carneiro now gone (but not forgotten) at SW6, the team has not been the same, and for his part in the mess, the so-called Special One, José Mourinho, was sent packing although letting him wallow in this royal blue mess may have been a better idea, although the team now seems to be playing much better under Guus Hiddink and at least seems to have some direction again. But there’s usually only one direction to go when you’re the defending league champions and you were precariously sitting in 17th and 16th place (at one time). On Wednesday, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion played to a 2-2 Draw at Stamford Bridge, another disappointment for the Blues as Defenders César Azpilicueta and Kenedy scored, the latter notching his first EPL goal for Chelsea. With playmaker MF Eden Hazard (Hip) still out with an Injury, Hiddink went with the Blues familiar 4-2-3-1 tactical formation with Thibaut Courtois as GK, captain John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic and Azpilicueta starting Defenders, Cesc Fàbregas (+300, Anytime goalscorer, Sky Bet) and John Obi-Mikel in the Central Midfield, Willian (+225), Oscar and Pedro in the Advanced (or attacking) Midfield and Diego Costa as Striker. Chelsea looked good at times and dominated the match for the most part but fell victim to a couple of smart Baggies goals after holding 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the hosts looking like it was headed to the victory and the 3 points. Sorry, Charlie. And if you’re making any Futures bets on Chelsea because it’s January and you’re pumped and you believe in the Blues and the odds look enticing, please remember the mathematical reality that currently, Chelsea (150/1 to win EPL, Stan James) only has a 0.01% chance of repeating. So that’s less of a soccer pick and more or a Stupid Human Action. The Blues have 9 Losses, a +1 GD at Home and a -3 GD overall and if you need a good Doctor’s name, please ask around. The Blues have been out of the race since Thanksgiving.

 

Series Trends & Best Betting Approaches
These two clubs have played it pretty close lifetime in Premier League play with Chelsea holding a 56-47-50 (237 GF-220 GA) lifetime edge and going 39-25-12 (138 GF-71 GA) here at Home at Stamford Bridge. In the L10 meetings in league play in this series at Stamford Bridge, the Blues are 5-5-0 against the Toffees (1-0, 1-0, 2-1, 2-1, 1-1, 1-1, 3-3, 0-0, 1-1, 3-0), outscoring Everton 15-8 in the process and Chelsea has won the L4 meetings here in West London, all by 1 goal. In their first meeting at Goodison Park earlier this season, Everton downed Chelsea, 3-1—as Naismith notched a Hat Trick, his only 3 goals of the season so far—and with Lukaku facing the club, he feels he didn’t give him a fair shot, expect the young Striker to go a little bit harder here on Saturday. The Both Teams To Score (‘Yes’) Prop Bet is 6-3 in Everton’s L9 overall in all competitions but Chelsea had registered 3 Clean Sheets heading into a Matchday 19 date and 2-2 Draw with West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, so this one could theoretically go either way.

Desperation should be the the feel coming in for Chelsea after the disappointing Draw to West Brom while Everton should come in confident and thinking they can finally win one at Stamford Bridge. Hiddink will probably start a similar 11 for Chelsea, with possibly Nemanja Matic in for Obi-Mikel and possibly Gary Cahill starting for Zouma or Terry at a center-back spot. The match could possibly play out like the Manchester City-Everton one on Wednesday with few Quality Attempts on target (MC 5, EV 2) and with some controversy—City’s Raheem Sterling was tripped in the box in Injury Time but no PK was called—and the Toffees playing good in the 1st Half. The Draw may be worth a shot for any Plus-lovers (+305, Matchbook) here as a 0-0, 1-1 and even 2-2 score-lines are a possibility and neither team can afford a Loss. With Hiddink talking about “giving him time to come back,” it seems that Belgian Hazard will again be out for this one with Pedro (+187, Sky Sports) filling his AMF position.

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