Everton vs Chelsea predictions, betting tips and match preview for the Premier League fixture on Sunday 17th March. The late kick-off at Goodison this weekend will be contested between teams guided by the division’s two most under fire managers. Maurizio Sarri is currently even money to be the next top flight manager to leave his post, with Marco Silva second favourite to be given his marching orders.
Everton’s early season aspirations of qualifying for Europe are now all but over with last weekend’s disappointing 3-2 loss at the hands of Newcastle essentially confirming it. Their opponents on Sunday – Chelsea – spurned a golden opportunity to close the gap between themselves and a Champions League spot by failing to beat a resolute Wolves. Neither side will be content with their performance up until this point and you get the feeling that Toffees fans are running out of patience with Silva after seemingly regressing on the field. The fact that Everton have won only six times at home in the Premier League tells its own story, and I’m certainly not backing them to make it seven victories ahead of Chelsea’s visit. Instead, I’m taking the even money available on The Blues taking all three points back to London and consigning Evertonians to another afternoon of misery.
It’s easy to forget that amidst the constant transfer speculation regarding Eden Hazard and his much-discussed potential move to Real Madrid, the Belgian has quietly gone about his work and once again produced the sort of statistics that most players could only dream of. Hazard has more assists than anyone else in the Premier League this season and taking strikers out of the equation, would be the third highest scorer to boot. The 28-year-old has racked up thirteen goals in the league so far and is always worth consideration in the anytime goalscorer market given that he shares penalty taking duties with summer recruit Jorginho. You can get 17/10 on Hazard registering at some stage on Merseyside and I can see him popping up again – like he did in the 90th minute against Wolves last weekend.
With a game in hand over Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United, Chelsea actually have a genuine chance of finishing third as long as they win the majority of their games from now. That would surely constitute a success for Maurizio Sarri in his first full season and doesn’t even take into account the fact that his side are still very much in with a chance of Europa League success.
Switching the focus back to domestic matters, though, and Sunday’s trip to Merseyside presents Chelsea with an opportunity to put pressure on those currently above them. It won’t be a walk in the park by any stretch, particularly off the back of a midweek trip to Ukraine, but there’s probably never been a better time to play at Goodison given the noticeable restlessness of Everton fans at present. I fancy the visitors to have emerged triumphant after 90 minutes and am particularly drawn in by them winning either 2-0 or 2-1. You’ll get paid out at 7/2 in the event that either scoreline comes to fruition.