Chelsea v Everton Betting Tips August 27th 2017Posted by: Mitko Atanasov in Aug, 2017
Tip #1: Back Chelsea to win @ 1.44 with bet365.com
Tip #2: Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.10 with bet365.com
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Chelsea v Everton Betting Tips: Match Preview
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Antonio Conte responded to Chelsea’s opening 3-2 home loss to Burnley by deploying drastically different tactics against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs were breathing down Chelsea’s neck for much of last season, so it was vital for the Blues to avoid a devastating loss.
Following suspensions to centre-back Gary Cahill and midfielder Cesc Fàbregas, Conte adjusted his 3-4-2-1 formation to bring an attacking midfielder back into defensive midfield. David Luiz was the man tasked with operating in that role and shielding the defence.
Chelsea sacrificed 68% of the possession to Tottenham and conceded 18 total attempts on goal, but the Blues managed to hold out for most of the game. Marcos Alonso had given Chelsea the lead with a superb free-kick on 24 minutes, but a Michy Batshuayi own-goal brought Spurs back into the game on 82 minutes.
Marcos Alonso then spared the blushes of Batshuayi by finishing off a Pedro pass from a seemingly impossible angle. Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris conceded when the ball was struck straight at him, but Chelsea weren’t about to complain.
Conte set Chelsea up to defend deeply and tightly, while then hitting the ball long to bypass the high pressing of Spurs. This will not be the identical strategy for welcoming Everton to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea should expected to attack more conservatively after their scare against Burnley.
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Everton have spent heavily to upgrade their squad, bringing in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, defenders Michael Keane and Cuco Martina, midfielders Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson, and strikers Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez.
From those signings, it was hometown hero Rooney who delivered all three points from the opening 1-0 encounter versus Stoke City. Sigurdsson, meanwhile, has been a more recent addition, arriving for £45 million last season.
The Icelandic playmaker was superb in a Swansea side that risked relegation for almost the entirety of the season. During that campaign, the influential Sigurdsson scored nine goals and assisted 13 in the league. Everton manager Ronald Koeman would be wise to try and include Sigurdsson for the trip to Chelsea.
Everton have looked like they are still gelling in attack, which is why Sigurdsson must be used in some capacity on Sunday. Although he isn’t famed for his pace, Sigurdsson is a quicker runner from deep than Rooney or Klaassen. And this could help create opportunities against a Chelsea defence that will be without captain Gary Cahill.
Chelsea will continue to be tricky for more attacking teams like Tottenham, but it’s the sides like Everton that should be attempting to slow them down. The Blues have to focus on securing victories and clubs like Everton are going to get defensive.
After Everton’s difficult visit to Man City, they could be at risk of falling short at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were gritty against Spurs and could have Eden Hazard back in the line-up to make the side even more creative. A narrow Chelsea victory appears possible at 1.44 with bet365.
Tip #1: Back Man United to win @ 1.26 with bet365.com
Tip #2: Back Man Utd & Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.83 with bet365.com
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