Friday, November 17, 2017

Prediction: Everton vs Chelsea

Verdict: Away win

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: 888sport

Chelsea are inching closer to the Premier League title this season, and they will likely win the league barring an epic collapse. However, The Blues need to overcome a big obstacle this Sunday. They will visit Everton at Goodison Park, knowing that a win will put them one step closer to the title.

Everton

Everton have been on a tight race to sneak into the top six all season long, and a win against Chelsea could allow them to top Arsenal and move to sixth place in the standings. And even though the Toffees are not a powerhouse by any means, opposing teams need to respect them at home. Ronald Koeman’s men are riding an eight-game winning streak at home, and they have nine wins in their past 10 matches at Goodison Park.

It remains to be seen if Everton will eventually top Arsenal or Manchester United on their race to clinch a UEFA Europa League berth. But no one can count them out, especially considering how good they have been of late. A solid home record and the presence of the league’s top scorer usually are a winning combination. And Everton have Romelu Lukaku leading their attack, as the Belgian marksman leads all EPL players with 24 goals this season.

Team News

The Toffees will be a bit shorthanded due to injuries.

James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie are all out, and neither will return before the end of the season. Aaron Lennon has been ruled out as well.

Chelsea

Antonio Conte’s men have been the best team in the Premier League all season long, but they must confirm it during the final weeks of the campaign. One big advantage is that they are not playing in Europe, so they can focus entirely in the league. And recent results have suggested their strategy has paid off.

Chelsea have two players among the top 10 scorers: Diego Costa (19 goals) and Eden Hazard (15). They possess one of the best attacking units in the league with 69 goals in 33 matches. And while they have not been as good defensively, they still rank third with only 29 goals allowed. Numbers wise, no team has been more consistent than them throughout the year. And to make things even better, they have been the best team in the league playing away from home. Chelsea have 11W 3D and 3L away from Stamford Bridge.

Team News

Conte will have a full strength side available for this game. There are no injuries and no suspensions.

Due to this, the Italian manager will probably have his best XI on the pitch.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Everton have won their last eight Premier League matches at home.
  • Everton have scored at least 3 goals in 7 of their last 8 home matches.
  • Chelsea won 5-0 in their previous meeting this season.
  • The Blues have the second best attack in the league with 69 goals in 33 contests.
  • On the other hand, Everton have the top scorer in the Premier League in Romelu Lukaku (24 goals)

Conclusion

It is going to be a close game. Everton have been quite solid at home of late, but Chelsea are the better side overall. Conte’s men will take home the three points to take another step towards the Premier League crown.

Verdict: Away win

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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