Chelsea are still just about involved in the title race but they will have to enjoy an outstanding second half of the campaign if they are to reel in table-toppers Manchester United. However, Rafa Benitez’s men could find themselves losing more ground this weekend as they visit an Everton side unbeaten at home and with realistic European ambitions.
Perhaps not surprisingly, bookmakers are finding it difficult to separate the pair on Merseyside, where the Toffees are a 2/1 chance courtesy of Stan James and BetVictor post 8/5 against a Chelsea success but in the circumstances, given that a case can be argued for both teams, it could be worth sitting on the fence a touch and backing the two strong sides at 23/10 with bet365 to cancel each other out.
Clean sheets haven’t exactly been easy to come by for David Moyes’ men this season so if it is to be inconclusive, a score draw looks the most likely outcome and Skybet offer 4/6 about both teams finding the net for the 16th Toffees encounter in succession. More specifically, Ladbrokes chalk the contest up at 6/1 to finish one-each and it’s 9/2 via William Hill to be all square at the end of each half.
Fernando Torres’ Liverpool connections will ensure he is given a warm reception by the Goodison Park faithful but he can silence the home support by opening the scoring, an outcome BetVictor quote at 13/2. The Spaniard meanwhile is 9/5 (Paddy Power) to strike at any stage but as they have shown several times this term meanwhile, Everton are capable of fighting back if they fall behind and bet365 price Moyes’ battlers at 11/10 to grab the game’s last goal.