Everton’s John Stones will come up against the team that tried to prise him from the Toffees’ grasp during the transfer window as champions Chelsea visit Goodison Park and punters expecting fate to play a significant role on Merseyside can back the England centre back at a hefty 50/1 (Paddy Power) to score the game’s first goal.
The visitors though, are strong favourites to emerge victorious and punish the hosts for hanging on to their prized asset, BetVictor rating them at 19/20 while the same bookies class Roberto Martinez’s troops as 10/3 underdogs and Stan James price the points at 13/5 to be shared.
Jose Mourinho’s charges are certainly the most likely victors against an unpredictable Everton but they’ve yet to convince this term so they look a touch risky especially as it looks likely that both teams will get on the scoresheet (10/11, William Hill).
Indeed, punters seeking to back the visitors might be better served by reducing stakes and opting for bet365′s 10/3 about them prevailing but also conceding.
Chelsea to win and both teams to score – 10/3 (bet365)