Chelsea and Everton kick off their Premier League seasons at Goodison Park on Saturday, August 6th, at 12:30 pm ET, and the outlook of the two sides leaves plenty of questions about their respective campaigns. Last year saw Chelsea finish third with eyes toward a title challenge, while Everton were fighting for their Premier League lives. Will this season bring a different challenge?
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Article submitted Friday, August 5 at 12:00 pm ET (odds subject to change)
Everton vs. Chelsea betting preview and analysis
Chelsea strengthened in some key areas this summer, bringing in Raheem Sterling from Manchester City — he totaled 18 goals and assists for City last season — and versatile defenders Kalidou Koulibaly, from Napoli, and Marc Cucurella, from Brighton.
Chelsea definitely strengthened their lineup but the logjam of attacking talent is still there. It’s a great problem to have but players like Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic will surely be gesturing for deserved playing time that simply won’t be there early in the season with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz looking to take another step forward in their development. However, as fixture congestion makes rotation necessary, Chelsea’s attacking depth will be an incredible boon if they are to keep up with Liverpool and Manchester City.
Everton are going to have to work hard to replace the goals of Richarlison, who departed for Tottenham this summer. We like the acquisitions of Dwight McNeil (from Burnley), James Tarkowski (from Burnley), Dele Alli (from Tottenham), Donny van de Beek (on loan from Manchester United) and Vitaliy Mykolenko (from Dynamo Kyiv), but those additions aren’t going to be enough to ensure that Everton stay out of the relegation battle. Everton absolutely strengthened the side, but it’s unlikely that Jose Salomon Rondon will come close to matching the dynamic play of Richarlison.
Chelsea are the healthy favorites to win this game outright, and it’s easy to see why the odds favor them so heavily. However, I wouldn’t be too confident backing Chelsea here, as the team was winless against Everton last season, only scoring one goal between their two match-ups. You could imagine a similar outcome this weekend as Frank Lampard’s Everton look to slow the game down and not allow Chelsea to have too many clean looks at goal. A draw currently sits at +280 and could be a smart bet for opening weekend.
The total sits at 2.5 goals for this one and it’s hard to imagine many opportunities with how this game will undoubtedly be played. Chelsea, under Thomas Tuchel, aren’t generally known for exciting, high-event play, and Everton will be looking to stay in front of the ball and potentially strike on the counter. We have a hard time picturing this one hitting on the Over.
It's also worth noting that these teams have failed to score more than two total goals in each of their last four meetings.
We look at a draw here as a very possible outcome, especially if you’re looking to bet against the favorite. But we advise just looking to the total in a game like this. It really should be a slog, with a premium on the amount of quality chances each team will get. That makes the Under 2.5 look like the best bet on the board here.