Frank Lampard once again faces his former club on Saturday night as Chelsea head to Merseyside for a fixture which has caused them a lot of problems in recent seasons.
The Blues have scored just once on their last four trips to Goodison Park. They have lost all four matches, including a 1-0 defeat to Lampard’s Toffees earlier this year.
Thomas Tuchel is expected to hand debuts to Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, while James Tarkowski should get his first start for the home team.
To Win To Nil: Chelsea
With Richarlison sold to Tottenham, Salomon Rondon suspended and Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured in the build-up to this match, Everton are facing a crisis in attack.
Chelsea will not have a better opportunity to break their run of defeats at Goodison Park. For all the departures and failed transfers this summer, the defence should be solid on Saturday night with Koulibaly slotting in alongside Thiago Silva.
Tuchel’s team were comfortably third in expected goals against and goals conceded last season. Compared to 4/6 to win the match, the 13/8 price to win to nil is good value.
Total Cards: Over 4.5
Everton are going to rely on making this a physical match to disrupt Chelsea. The last time these sides met, eight players received bookings, and there have been 29 cards shown across Chelsea’s last six trips to Goodison.
There have been five or more cards in three of the last four meetings. Bettors can feel confident taking this over.
To Score A Penalty: Chelsea
Chelsea were awarded eight penalties in the Premier League in 2021-22, the most of any team. New signing Raheem Sterling has won the most penalties in Premier League history.
That combination doesn’t bode well for Everton’s defenders, who are going to spend the majority of the match pinned in their own third.
Referee Craig Pawson was bottom in penalties awarded per game last season, but that’s not enough to put off this wager at 9/2.
All odds are subject to change