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Everton v Chelsea Betting Preview – Sunday 22nd May, 2011

Sat, May 21, 6:32am by Kevin Pitstock

This should be a decent match with nothing at stake for either side. After a slow start to the season, as it all too traditional, Everton realistically need just a point to confirm an 8th place and Chelsea will be runners up to Manchester United bar the most freakish set of circumstances. Both sides can therefore hopefully relax and try and play without any real feeling of pressure as their respective seasons come to an end. It might also be the final match for Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, as it is widely reported his destiny is the sack despite winning the double last season. This game begins at 01:00AST

Everton are defending a tremendous record at Goodison Park here, having not lost a home league match since November, and their overall run in has seen just two defeats in their last 11 matches, with 5 losses in 18 since the turn of the year. They are without suspended Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, along with Marouane Fellaini and Louis Saha, while Tim Cahill is not a certain starter. David Moyes’ team were beaten in their last match though, a slightly surprising 1-0 reverse at West Bromwich Albion. Everton’s recent record against Chelsea has finally picked up too. They beat them in this fixture last season and also put them out of the FA Cup, albeit on penalties.

Chelsea, despite finishing runners up, will get their worst haul of League points since 2003 whatever happens in this game, indicating one reason why Ancelotti’s job is under threat. In their last 6 matches the Blues have 4 wins, but they were followed by their title deciding loss at Manchester United and their fairly uninspiring 2-2 draw with Newcastle that showed some defensive weakness. This match often ends in a draw – with 6 of the last 8 fixtures deadlocked. Goal scorer betting fans should note Didier Drogba has 7 in 10 matches with Everton. If Ancelotti is as popular with the players as widely believed, they may well be motivated to win to give him a good send off.

This looks like another draw given both sides are in reasonable form and the recent history between the two. We expect a 1-1-1 scoreline and the draw is looking a fair price here at $3.30 with Centrebet, which we rate as a 4/5 bet.
Back the draw at $3.30 with Centrebet!

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