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Back boisterous Blues to bully depleted Toffees once more

| 11.02.2015

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 24 home fixtures against Everton across all competitions, which is why Coral rate them heavily odds-on for victory in this Premier League match again at 1/3.

A more tempting matchday special is on offer, though, with an enhanced price of 3/1 (maximum stake of £20) for the Blues to triumph and both teams score.

Three of the last six at Stamford Bridge, meanwhile, have been draws, and you can take odds of 4/1 for a share of the spoils.

Heavy odds-on title favourites Chelsea (1/8) have had to deal without Diego Costa (ban) and Cesc Fabregas (injured) for the last two games, but have still managed to carve out a creditable draw with Manchester City and victory over Aston Villa.

The latter Spaniard, though, is now available, along with left back Filipe Luis, so the Toffees will be up against it, especially after winning just one of their previous eight Premier League matches.

On top of that, Roberto Martinez will be without all of Aiden McGeady, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, Christian Atsu and Tony Hibbert, while James McCarthy and Leighton Baines are major doubts.

There is one bit of good news for Everton fans, in that USA keeper Tim Howard is fit again and will start, despite Joel Robles providing great cover for him in his absence.

“When Tim is fit, he is number one,” Martinez said. “I have total faith in him and it is great to see training well and having a huge influence on the squad again.

“It is different to an outfield position. In goal you need a bit of stability. Joel Robles is a young man with a real good future. I am very proud of how he has done.”

One Toffees player who is definitely available, is Steven Naismith. The Scotland international attacker enjoys playing the Blues, with three goals to his name against them, including in the 6-3 loss to them at Goodison this season, and he is an enticing 11/2 chance to score anytime again.

Belgian Kevin Mirallas was also on target that day, and is the same price in that market. Compatriot Romelu Lukaku, meanwhile, will be desperate to prove his old team wrong after selling him, by netting anytime at 10/3.

For Chelsea, Nemanja Matic, Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic, who got the winner against Villa last time out, also have goals against Everton. They are respective 8/1, 10/3 and 7/1 chances to score anytime.

Loic Remy is likely to start up front again in place of Costa, who will serve the last match of his three-game ban, and the Frenchman is odds-on at 10/11 to score, and 4/1 to bag a brace or better.

Jose Mourinho’s only other absentee is John Obi Mikel.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.