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Everton hoping not to count the Cost against Chelsea

| 30.08.2014

After holding Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park last time out, Everton are set for another test with Chelsea the visitors. Despite the Blues being favourites at 11/10, the Toffees are still a respectable 12/5 to take all three points and inflict a first defeat of the season on Jose Mourinho’s men who have maximum points from two matches.

Romelu Lukaku is likely to feature against his former club, and is 7/1 to net the opening goal. There is no better way to start repaying a £28m transfer fee, and it would also be the player’s first strike of the season. Also in contention to face his former club is Samuel Eto’o, who is 11/4 to net at anytime, while winger Christian Atsu who is on loan from the Blues is ineligible.

Big Belgium striker Lukaku was undoubtedly forced out of the door at Stamford Bridge by Diego Costa. The Brazilian-born Spanish forward has netted in consecutive Premier League matches already this term, and is 4/1 to break the deadlock on Merseyside to make it three goals in as many games.

Boss Jose Mourinho however has admitted that Costa is a doubt, speaking ahead of the game: “In this moment I can’t say much. We are trying everything for him to play tomorrow. He didn’t train for the last two days, but today is the last day and we must make a decision to select him or not.

“He has to try a light training session to see if the reaction is positive. If it is we take him to Everton to play or be on the bench; if the reaction is not positive today then obviously we don’t select him.

“What matters now is the match tomorrow and not the match in three weeks’ time. For tomorrow he is a big doubt. Let’s see.”

Cesc Fabregas has been a revelation for Chelsea since signing and, although he has three assists in the Premier League already, the Spaniard is yet to score. To do so at any time, he has odds of 9/4. While Arsenal were largely unimpressive, and struggled to break down the Toffees defence, Chelsea have shown they have the cutting edge to do just that this season.

Right back Seamus Coleman had an impressive return from injury, nodding in past Wojciech Szczesny at the back post unmarked. He is a respectable 8/1 to net again anytime, while on the other side Leighton Baines, who is always a danger from set pieces is 11/2 in the same market.

However, like Costa, Everton forward Steven Naismith has found the net in consecutive matches and is 11/4 to keep his fine form going by finding the back of the net on any occasion.



Matt Haynes

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