20:00 Monday

As we approach the business end of the season, Chelsea and Everton face off, with both sides lower in the table than they would like to be. 

A win tonight for Chelsea would see them move within a point of 8th placed West Ham with two games in hand, while Everton are now just two points ahead of Luton in the relegation battle following their points deductions.

Here is what I’ve backed for what should be an engrossing encounter!

Chelsea vs Everton Bet Builder Tips

  • Cole Palmer to Score or Assist
  • 5+ Chelsea Corners
  • Pickford to Make 3+ Saves
  • Tarkowski Over 0.5 Fouls

 

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Cole Palmer to Score or Assist

For a player that only received his first senior England call up last November, Palmer has the air of a seasoned pro, and has taken up the role of talisman in this inconsistent Chelsea team. 

From questions as to whether he should be included in the England team for the Euros, the main question now is how you fit the likes of Foden (PFA Player of the Year favourite), Palmer, Saka and Bellingham in the same XI.

In his last 13 league starts for Chelsea, Palmer has scored 11 goals and registered seven assists. It has been a remarkable return for a player enjoying his first season at senior level as an undisputed starter.

What is more, Palmer’s stats look even more impressive when you only take into account Chelsea’s home league matches: he made his home league debut against Arsenal back in October, scoring on the day, and in his eight home starts since then, he has scored or assisted in all but one of them, registering 11 goals and two assists in nine starts in total.

In his favoured number 10 role, against an Everton side that that have conceded 42 goals so far this season, Palmer is likely to be heavily involved and instrumental in any chance of a home victory. 

This selection also qualifies for ‘Super Sub’, meaning the bet continues with his replacement if Palmer is subbed off.

5+ Chelsea Corners

Chelsea have had five or more corners in 18 of their 30 league matches so far (60%). When playing at home, the percentage rises to 67%, with the Blues having five or more corners in 10 of their 15 home matches.

Everton have conceded five or more corners in 22 of their 31 league matches (71%), and that number stays consistent when adjusted for home/away matches, with the Toffees conceding five or more corners in 11 of their 16 away league matches (69%).

Chelsea’s corner trend seems to be increasing too - they have had five or more corners in six of their last eight home matches. Whilst they did fail to register a single corner at home to Newcastle, that does appear to be an outlier.

The last time these sides met, in a 2-0 win for Everton at Goodison Park, Chelsea managed 8 corners, and I expect them to register at least five in this tie.

Pickford to Make 3+ Saves

Jordan Pickford has made 91 saves in 31 matches this season, with a strong Save Percentage of 73.1% this season, the highest of his career in the top flight to date.

In his last eight away matches in all competitions, Pickford has made three or more saves in all but three of them. The matches where he made fewer than three saves came against Nottingham Forest, Burnley and Manchester City. 

With Chelsea averaging seven shots on target per match, it’s likely that Pickford will be called into action and hopefully save a few of them.

Tarkowski Over 0.5 Fouls

Another selection that I have picked a few times now, and it has always delivered.

Everton are amongst the highest fouling teams in the league, averaging 12 fouls per match. Tarkowski is prevalent in that, averaging 1.19 fouls per 90, and the centre back has committed at least one foul in his last nine away matches.

Like the Cole Palmer selection above, this also qualifies for Super Sub, meaning the bet is guaranteed to last the full game.