Everton v Chelsea

Goodison Park - 6/8/22 - 17.30pm


Everton survived by the skin of there teeth last season in the Premier League and Everton fans are not enjoying the current events at Goodison Park with many wanting a change in ownership and the recent cash injection on players has not materialized this summer with just 3 new arrivals and the loss of star man Richarlison to Tottenham which could leave Everton short of goals unless they bring more recruits in.

The Toffees spent some of the off season in the United States where they lost 4-0 to Minnesota Utd and 2-0 to Arsenal before returning to the UK With 2 victories over Blackpool (4-2) and Dynamo Kiev (3-0) at Goodison Park inspired by new signings Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski who both arrived from relegated Burnley.

Manager Frank Lampard has plenty of injury concerns ahead of the season opener with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Andros Townsend all still unavailable, but Allan could be back in central midfield despite his recent fitness issues, with Lampard not having too many options in that area due to the club’s injury issues.

Will Dwight McNeil be the creative spark Everton have been missing in recent seasons ?


Even by Chelsea standards it has been a pretty hectic 6 months following the sanctions placed on Roman Abramovic and the takeover by Todd Boehly. It has been a concerning time for Chelsea fans with plenty of players leaving Stamford Bridge but the club has bought really well with Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka all brought in with the possibility of more to follow.

The Blues have been also been stateside during the pre season which has seen them beat Club America (2-1) draw with Charlotte FC (1-1) and suffer an humiliating 4-0 loss to Arsenal. There only fixture in Europe was a 3-1 win over Udinese.

Thomas Tuchel doesn’t have many injury problems in his squad for the trip to merseyside so it is likely that Sterling, Koulibaly and Cucurella should all make there competitive debuts for the club. With Timo Werner expected to leave the club it will be Kai Havertz to lead the line at Goodison in a role he will enjoy being the main man.

The signing of Raheem Sterling looks to be brilliant business by Chelsea


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The first couple of weeks can sometimes throw up a couple of surprise results in the Premier league so value may lie away from the result of this match. 

Chelsea had big plans for Romelu Lukaku last summer but it just never worked out for the Belgian at Stamford Bridge and they might well have had the solution at the club all along in Kai Havertz, the German thrived when used as the front man at Bayer Leverkusen and with that likely to be his role this season he should provide plenty of goals and i like him to score anytime at 11/10 with Mr Green.

When you look at the business done by both sides this looks like a straight forward away win for Chelsea but a closer look suggests that they have struggled in this fixture in recent seasons and Everton have won 4 of the last 5 with one draw. Four of those fixtures have ended Under 2.5 Goals. With Everton looking very short upfront and expected to be on the back foot for most of this game the 9/10 with Betfred for Under 2.5 Goals looks good to me.


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