|Chelsea to Win to Nil||6/4||Ladbrokes|
It has been a while, but this weekend’s instalment of Super Sunday from the Premier League really does live up to the billing with three of four matches from the English top-flight shown live on TV thanks to Sky Sports and BT Sport.
We get things moving at Anfield where Liverpool are expected to continue their impressive form with a home win over lowly Fulham, before Chelsea and Everton lock-horns in London. Both results will be in the book by the time armchair fans are treated to a much-anticipated renewal of the Manchester Derby.
We concentrate on matters at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea look to strengthen their title push by taking all three points from an improving Everton side who finally appear to be living up to the hype.
Maurizio Sarri couldn’t have hoped for a better start to life in British football with the experienced Italian leading his new employers to second in the Premier League, within touching distance of early pace-setters, and pre-season favourites, Manchester City.
The locals are one of only three unbeaten teams at this level – City and Liverpool the other names on the list – and victory over Everton would see them complete the hat-trick.
October finished with the 4-0 drubbing of Burnley at Turf Moor, Morata opening the scoring on 22 minutes before that advantage was enhanced by goals from Barkley, Willian and Loftus-Cheek.
Last season’s fifth-place finishers carried that success into November when dealing out a 3-1 beating to neighbours Crystal Palace at this venue, making light work of what was billed as a potential banana skin. Morata again made headlines, scoring the first of a double on 32 minutes, Pedro rounding off the afternoon on 70.
Everton toiled for much of last season before improving to snatch eighth, and it looked like another tough campaign lay ahead when The Toffees managed to win just one of their first half-dozen league outings. Marco Silva’s side finally found their feet, however, and four wins from their last five has them ninth in the table, just six points off Tottenham and the top-four.
The spare defeat from that purple patch came at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford in their penultimate start, goals from Pogba and Martial bettering a Sigurdsson response.
They responded in perfect fashion when thumping Brighton 3-1 at Goodison Park last weekend, points won despite the sides going into the break tied at 1-1. Richarlison boosted his stock with an eye-catching double, Coleman getting the other. Silva labelled it his side’s best home performance of the season so far.
There can be little doubt Chelsea have a game on their hands here with Everton arriving in high spirits. It’s a match they must win if they are serious about dethroning Man City, however, and traders across the board are keen to support the locals.
The Blues are odds-on with all major firms, with Coral’s price of 2/5 a good understanding of the feeling in the market. A price best suited to accumulators, but there is more to be had if looking beyond the match winner.
For as good as Chelsea have been so far this season, Everton will surely rate their chances of causing an upset in the big smoke. There’s no doubt they have the quality to do just that, but odds-makers at bet365 are bold enough to trade best price 15/2 on the away day. That’s likely to attract bits and pieces of attention, especially from lovers of the value. Can’t split them? The draw carries a 4/1 price tag at Paddy Power.
Chelsea’s form makes them deserving of the support they receive from bookmakers and punters heading towards kick-off, but the stats throw up a few options to those preferring to take aim at a bigger price.
Interestingly, five of the last six renewals of this fixture has seen one team fail to find the net. That caught our eye and no from the both to score coupon looks worth a play at 21/20 (Ladbrokes), better than the 3/4 for yes from the same firm.
Sticking with that six-match period and it has thrown up a win to nil on four occasions. Chelsea to triumph without conceding a goal is 6/4 when getting your stake money down at Ladbrokes, with the locals -1 goal on the handicap available at 21/20 at Coral.