In-form Chelsea have the chance to go occupy the top spot in the Premier League – albeit temporarily – when they visit Merseyside to take on a struggling Everton on Saturday evening.
The blue half of Liverpool were on cloud nine when Everton kicked off this season’s league campaign in sizzling form, winning all four of their opening matches to jump to the top of the league. Since then, however, they have cooled off significantly, winning just one of their next, losing four and drawing two. To be fair, injuries and suspensions have also been a factor in this poor run of form.
One of the main absentees has been defender Lucas Digne, who recently underwent ankle surgery. Carlo Ancelotti’s injury woes persisted when Fabian Delph sustained a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw at Burnley last weekend.
Through all this, their forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been their silver lining, leading the league with 11 goals. Ancelotti will be looking to him to jumpstart their season against his former team.
Chelsea followed the opposite route to their season compared to their hosts. They took time to find their footing and when they did as most people expected, they have not looked back. Growing from strength to strength with each game. They have taken 13 points from the last 15 on offer to steadily climb up to third on the table, just two points off league leaders Tottenham and Liverpool.
The depth of the Blues squad has allowed Lampard to make wholesale changes in their last two Champions League games to give the regular starters ample time to prepare for an expected deep run at the premiership title where they are now regarded as one of the title favourites.
Lampard’s boys are undefeated in their last 14 matches and are looking every bit like the title contenders they were thought to be when they made the big money moves in the summer transfer window.
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Chelsea have been in incredible form in the last couple of months, winning 8 and drawing one of their last nine matches. That draw came against Tottenham – another emerging title contender. They are excelling on both ends of the pitch, scoring the most goals and conceding the second-least. The Blues have been particularly devastating on their travels in recent weeks, winning their last five straight away fixtures in all competitions, scoring at least 2 goals in all of them and keeping a clean sheet in four. We fancy them to continue this incredible run and get another win here @ 1.78 with Betway as our first betting tip of this game.
Goodison has been a witness to an avalanche of goals in Everton fixtures this season with matches averaging nearly 4.5. This game has all the makings of a potential thriller. Chelsea are on a good run, but Everton have traditionally stepped up against them at Goodison. We fancy there will be quite a few goals on the cards here and we are going for Over 2.5 goals @ 1.60 with Betway betting app as our final shout for this encounter.
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