Two sides with Champions League aspirations meet at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea and Everton eager to claim a vital three points (1pm ET Monday). Currently, both teams sit in and around the fringes of the Premier League top four but a win could see either club start to maintain a more consistent challenge for a UCL slot.
We might also expect a dramatic 90 minutes from two attacking units and, from a betting point of view, there should be some value to be had.
CFC vs EFC Moneyline Odds
These squads are evenly matched in terms of their Premier League position but the odds setters have made Chelsea hot favorites for the win. Thomas Tuchel’s side are available at a general -175. The draw is the next option on the moneyline list at an average of +300 while a win for Everton is out at an industry best of +550.
Chelsea currently sit in fifth place in the EPL table with 44 points. Everton are two places below Monday’s opponents but they are just a point further back and have a game in hand. The form guide does suggest a home win but there are definite reasons for interest in the draw or possibly even a victory for the visitors.
Match Prop Bets of Interest
Before we make a judgement on the result, let us take a look at the players who can decide the outcome. Chelsea strikers dominate the start of the individual goal scorer betting with Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud all available at +400 to find the net first.
The player to watch from an Everton point of view is Dominic Calvert-Lewin whose prolific displays for the Toffees earned him a first call up into the England national squad. Calvert-Lewin has 18 goals across 26 games in all competitions this season and he could be a profitable pick at +700 to open the scoring. Interest will, however, also focus on Richarlison. The Brazilian isn’t as prolific as Calvert-Lewin but he has scored in each of Everton’s last four games and Richarlison is a tempter at +900 for the first goal.
Moving on to team bets and Both Teams to Score is currently quoted at a general -110. As we’ll see when we assess the stats in our betting predictions’ verdict section of this CFC vs EFC preview, Chelsea’s defense is much tighter since Tuchel’s arrival and that is one of the better prices that you’ll see for BTTS.
Total goals markets also hold some interesting numbers with odds of -110 in place for anyone looking to bet Over the 2.5 line. Pushing that a stage further sees a best price of +235 to go Above the 3.5 line. Because of Chelsea’s recent results, however, it may be wise to consider going Under the 2.5 goal mark at odds of around -110 once again.
That leaves us with our regular suggestions for Correct Score bets and our preference would be for a 1-1 draw. Most sportsbooks are offering odds of +650 on this but if you feel there will be more goals in Monday’s encounter, a 2-2 final scoreline is quoted at a tempting best of +2000.
Those that believe there will be a positive result in this match could look to take Chelsea 2 Everton 0 which is quoted at an industry best of +700. Alternatively, for Everton to snatch a 1-0 away win, punters would be rewarded with general odds of +1400.
Our Chelsea vs Everton Predictions & Picks Verdict for this EPL Match Preview
The game should definitely be closer than the markets suggest and we will stay with our original instinct and back the draw. A share of the points was our tip when Chelsea played Manchester United last weekend and we think we can convert a moneyline profit for the second week in a row.
The teams look to be very evenly matched in terms of form. Chelsea went back into the top four with an impressive win away at Liverpool on Monday night and they are now unbeaten in their last five. Everton have lost two of their previous five games but they have won each of their last three. The Toffees have also won at Liverpool and their 2-0 win was their first at Anfield in over 20 years.
We’ll confirm our tip for the draw but what about prop bets? Don’t expect too many goals in this encounter so start by backing Under the 2.5 line. Both teams won 1-0 on Thursday night and the form guide shows that neither Chelsea nor Everton concede that many.
The value, in terms of individual goal scoring bets, lies in the Everton camp. It might be an obvious choice to go with Richarlison as he has found the net in each of the Toffees’ last four matches but streaks are meant to be broken. The same principle applies to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has endured a barren run of late. The England striker is too good to suffer a drought for long so we’ll end by backing Calvert-Lewin to get on the scoresheet in 90 minutes. So these are our concluding betting predictions and picks for this preview:
- The draw @ best odds of +315 with Bookmaker. Next best is +310 with Intertops or BetOnline.
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score at any time @ +250 (5/2) with Bovada or Intertops.
- Go under 2.5 goals @ -114 with Bookmaker or BetOnline.
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