Chelsea v Everton Betting Odds

The Toffeemen have now been sucked into a relegation scrap, sitting just three points off the drop zone, when many expected them to be in contention for a European place this term.

Chelsea welcome Everton on Saturday lunchtime for this FA Cup fourth round replay.

Both sides are near enough at full strength for this contest and may well require maximum resources should it go to extra time or penalties. However, Chelsea will be without the cup-tied Fernando Torres while Everton will continue to miss Jack Rodwell and Louis Saha.

Will Blues Face Sticky Toffee Test?

Chelsea's 7-0 thumping of Ipswich in the third round seemed to provide them with a much needed kick-start having endured a torrid end to 2010. However, since the 1-1 draw in the first attempt at this fourth round tie, Carlo Ancelotti's men have just one win from three in the league, losing at home to Liverpool and held by West London neighbours Fulham last Monday night.

The defeat to Liverpool was Chelsea's third in all competitions this season at the once impregnable Stamford Bridge and in the last eight, they have four wins, two draws and two defeats. However, The Blues have made the FA Cup their tournament in recent years and are unbeaten in their last 15 ties - lifting the trophy in three of the last four seasons.

A barnstorming 5-3 triumph at home to Blackpool was sandwiched by two league defeats for Everton, the last at Bolton declared by manager David Moyes as one of the worst under his nine-year reign. The Toffeemen have now been sucked into a relegation scrap, sitting just three points off the drop zone, when many expected them to be in contention for a European place this term.

Everton's away form offers them little confidence for this trip, with just two victories all season against Premier League opposition. Six draws from the last ten do underline the customary resilience of Moyes' side but presently they are shipping goals at an alarming rate.

Yet, the Merseysiders' recent record against Chelsea is positive with one win, five draws and just one defeat in the last seven encounters - that loss coming in the 2009 final of this competition. A re-focused, back-to-basics Everton can trouble Chelsea here but the question is whether their manager is able to keep on getting more from his team than the sum of its parts.

Chelsea are 8/15 to win in normal time with Everton around 11/2 and the Draw 3/1. This could end up being a bit of a dogfight so backing the tie to go an extra half hour could reward with Chelsea 13/2 to win after 120 minutes and 13/1 by penalties.

Is El Nino Causing A Drought?

In the two games Fernando Torres has played for his new club, Chelsea have failed to score and the £50m star looked more like a £50k schoolboy at Fulham on Monday night. With the Spaniard unavailable for this game, Didier Drogba - 4/1 to be First Goalscorer - will be restored to the frontline though he has just four strikes in his last 20 appearances.

Drogba and Everton's Louis Saha have been responsible for 9 goals in the last five encounters between these sides but with the Ivorian misfiring and the Frenchman out for the visitors, the goal threat is considerably reduced and it may pay to back Under 2.5 Goals at 10/11.

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 18/02/2011 - 10:36 AM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Chelsea, Everton

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