Soccer Picks: Chelsea vs. Everton Odds and Preview

Lee Benson

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:45 PM GMT

Two departing managers face-off in this final game of the 2012/13 Premier League season as Chelsea and Everton collide.

David Moyes is heading up the road to become Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Man Utd. While it remains to be seen where 'interim' boss Rafa Benitez will be headed after an intriguing reign at Chelsea. 

Chelsea are 4/6 the win with Paddy Power and William Hill while bet365 has Everton at 9/2 for the win. The draw is at 3/1 with William Hill.

As I write Chelsea are still engaged in their Europa League Final with Benfica in Amsterdam, which stands 0-0 at the start of the second half. So, while this result may have an influence on the game Sunday, the permutations remain the same regardless of the result of tonight's game, which I will update you on as I write.

Chelsea are already assured a Champions League spot bar an improbable16 goal swing between themselves and Tottenham. Not to mention, they'll have to lose this game against Everton ... obviously. They could yet be pipped for third by the Arsenal though and that does have repercussions as fourth place has to go through the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.

Chelsea to finish 3rd in the Premier League is at 1/6 while Arsenal are at 7/2 to overhaul them on the final day of the season. Spurs are an improbable 14/1 but could snatch 4th which you can get for 2/1 with William Hill who have the Arsenal at 4/11 to retain fourth.

As I mentioned in my preview of the Tottenham vs Sunderland game which you can read right here at SBRForum.com, there could yet be a twist to the end of this season, and a unique one at that.

If Chelsea draw this game 0-0 and Arsenal win at Newcastle 2-1 then the London rivals will end with identical records. That's points, goal difference and goals scored. In the Premier League the head-to-head games are not counted even if this situation ever arises, with a one-off play-off at a neutral venue the preferred option.

In fact, any of the following score combinations would ensure Chelsea and Arsenal finish the Premier League season with identical records; Chelsea draw 0-0; Arsenal win 2-1, Chelsea draw 1-1; Arsenal win 3-2, Chelsea draw 2-2; Arsenal win 4-3 Chelsea draw 3-3; Arsenal win 5-4. 

Of all of those I think the first two, either a 0-0 or 1-1 draw combined with the 2-1 or 3-2 victory respectively, for Arsenal, are the only likely ones and then you are asking Newcastle to score against a pretty rampant Arsenal side who want to qualify third.

I am actually leaning towards the draw in this one. The 1-1 at 13/2 with bet365 is my soccer pick here. The 0-0 is at 12/1 and the 2-2 at 14/1 both represent good value to me also, with Everton hard to beat, Chelsea fatigued from playing in Europe where, after 72 minutes it is

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1-1 with a penalty leveling Torres wonderful goal!

Into the final minute in Amsterdam and Chelsea may well be fatigued come Sunday as they head into what looks like extra time, as it stands........Or, alternatively, Chelsea could snatch a late, late winner, with Branislav Ivanovic the hero and match winner in the 93rd minute!

Wow! So, how does that change things, well, the euphoria and the elation and the winning of another competition and trophy could well be all Chelsea need to spur them on to 3rd place with a win at home to Everton Sunday?

That is football and how quickly things can change, in the blink of any eye and Chelsea are now holders of the Europa League and, for ten days at least, holders of the Champions League too, another first. 

So maybe it is the week for the unique and so I am still going for the draw in this one, the win needed for Arsenal to equal them and a play-off game needed between the two to finish off the season in style.........

Score a draw for me at 3/1 with William Hill, 1-1 at 13/2 with bet365 and Everton/Chelsea First Half/Second Half at 22/1.

Also, Arsenal to win 3-2 at 20/1 has to be worth a flutter and ask your preferred bookie for odds on the chance of the 'unique' play-off odds and a combination bet on the two results.

Stranger things have happened and as someone once said, "it's a funny old game".

What is going on over in Spain?