Home dogs Everton
Sportsbooks are after delivering Everton as the home dogs for their date with the Special One and his Blues on Saturday. Bet365 have installed the Toffees as the +240 dogs while William Hill takes it a step further, pricing them at +250.
Roberto Martinez has assumed the ropes in Everton when his previous team Wigan was relegated and David Moyes left the Merseyside club for greener pastures. Since the start of the season, he’s led his boys on an undefeated run of four games spanning two competitions – three draws in Premier League action and a win in League Cup.
For many clubs such a run would be considered a success. But when expectations are running high following back-to-back seasons in which Everton finished in the top 8 and ahead of Liverpool in the table, three straight draws leaves something to be desired. Certainly, it’s not the kind of form that would concern Chelsea as it prepares to descend on Goodison Park.
In fairness to Martinez though three draws, two of which were scoreless, suggests that defense is rather good (it also points to a lack of offense but that is another matter), and that should serve Everton well against Chelsea’s many of attacking options.
This neatly brings us to the draw markets. Despite the rather discouraging outlook on an Everton win, soccer odds makers have priced the draw on par with an Everton win at +240. So perhaps not all is lost for the Toffees, they appear to have a stake in this match at least where taking a point is concerned. A 1-1 draw is priced at +500 while a scoreless draw is listed at +900. Interesting as well to note for those who are looking to back a win by Everton, a 1-0 win is priced at +850.
Chelsea travel to Everton as the favourites albeit on the long side of even money at +120 at Bet365 and at +110 at William Hill. That they are the favourites isn’t surprising though.
Jose Mourinho is after a solid start to his new season with the Blues. Sat pretty in second place on nine points, two points shy of Liverpool atop the table, Chelsea have a 2-1-0 record on the season. They beat Hull City and Aston Villa before settling on a dull scoreless draw with Man U.
Recently, Chelsea played Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup and although they started brightly they eventually succumbed to defeat in a penalty shootout.
Chelsea have had two weeks to rest and put that disappointing defeat behind them. They should be raring to go and ready to put forward a much better performance than they did against Man U or Bayern Munich. One thing is certain though their offense needs to come together better than it has so far. Bookies favour a 1-0 result at +650 while a 2-1 or 2-0 result is trading at +800 and +900, respectively.
Everton vs. Chelsea Predictions: The most interesting aspect of overarching market on this game is the fact that an Everton win and a draw are at par – both tipped at +240. And that fact has us considering the draw the best option for our soccer picks for this match. Fact is Everton is undefeated on the season. As well, they boast a good record at home so they’ll have to fancy their chances at least to settle on a draw. Chelsea has been good but not frightfully so to give Everton pause.Soccer Free Picks: Draw at +240