Chelsea vs Everton: Ancelotti will threaten Tuchel’s unbeaten run

Everton can leapfrog Chelsea into the top four but in order to do that, they must first end Tuchel's 10-match unbeaten run.

When: Monday, March 8, 18:00 GMT

How to watch: BT Sport

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Best bets

Correct score 1-1 at 15/2 (bet365)

Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (SkyBet)

Gylfi Sigurdsson to score anytime at 7/1 (PaddyPower)

Stamford Bridge a fortress for Chelsea

One loss from 18 home games - that is Chelsea's record across all competitions at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have often been a force at home and the same is true under new manager, Thomas Tuchel.

The German is yet to see his side concede a home goal after leading Chelsea through four games; winning two, drawing two, scoring four goals and conceding none.

Another stat to keep in mind is that Everton are winless in their last 25 trips to Stamford Bridge. Their last taste of victory away against Chelsea came in 1994 when they held out for a slender 1-0 win.

Chelsea in great form under Tuchel
Chelsea in great form under Tuchel

Last three Premier League meetings:

Everton 1-0 Chelsea (December 12, 2020)

A Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty was the difference maker last time these two clubs met.

Chelsea dominated possession but failed to find a breakthrough in front of 2,000 fans at Goodison Park.

That defeat ended Chelsea's 17-game unbeaten run under Frank Lampard - it also became the loss which kickstarted the manager's downfall at the club.

The Blues did hit the woodwork twice but ultimately, they returned to London empty-handed.

Chelsea 4-0 Everton (March 8, 2020)

Carlo Ancelotti's return to Stamford Bridge ended in bitter disappointment as Chelsea ran riot and thrashed the Toffees 4-0.

This was also the game which saw the emergence of 18-year-old Billy Gilmour who marked his full Premier League debut by claiming the man of the match award.

Mason Mount and Pedro gave the hosts a two-goal lead before Willian and Olivier Giroud finished the visitors off with two more efforts.

Everton 3-1 Chelsea (December 7, 2019)

Following the sacking of Marco Silva, it was Duncan Ferguson who took temporary charge of the Toffees.

The Scottish hardman was given the difficult task of leading an out-of-form Everton side into a game against Chelsea.

Despite the size of the challenge, Ferguson and his men pulled off a famous victory as goals from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped the home side to a 3-1 victory.

Mateo Kovacic grabbed the sole goal for Chelsea as the Blues were made to pay for their defensive blunders.

Head-to-head in the Premier League since 2010

Chelsea wins: 10

Draws: 4

Everton wins: 8

Chelsea goals: 36

Everton goals: 25

Champions League football for Everton?

A victory for Everton at Stamford Bridge will send Carlo Ancelotti's men into the top four, keeping their Champions League dream well alive.

Having won three straight league games, Everton are clearly enjoying good form - something that cannot be said about some of the other teams around them.

The target of playing in Europe's elite club competition is no longer a dream - it's an achievable reality. The gap between teams fighting for the top four is minimal and if the Toffees can maintain consistency, they will certainly be one of the main contenders for that highly sought-after European spot.

Everton to finish in the top four is currently priced at 9/2 with PaddyPower. 

It’s important to have ambition – Carlo Ancelotti urges Everton to aim high
It’s important to have ambition – Carlo Ancelotti urges Everton to aim high

Scoreline prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Everton

Thomas Tuchel could become the first ever manager in Premier League history to watch his team win five clean sheets from his first five games at home.

That statistic pretty much sums up Chelsea under the stewardship of the German. Possession football has allowed the Blues to control games and limit the number of opportunities given to the opposition.

The problem for Chelsea is that Everton don't need too many opportunities to be able to hurt teams - their clinical win over Liverpool certainly proved that.

This promises to be a close contest and backing a draw at around the 3/1 mark is the sensible way to go.

Gylfi Sigurdsson loves to score against Chelsea - can he do so this Monday night?
Gylfi Sigurdsson loves to score against Chelsea - can he do so this Monday night?

Goalscorer bets

There are a number of players to watch in this contest. Mason Mount, for example, has bagged 12 goals for the Blues this season and what's more, it was his strike which secured Chelsea's 1-0 win over Liverpool last Thursday night.

Richarlison is the man to follow from an Everton perspective. The Brazilian has scored six goals in his last six appearances and seems to be in good form.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has netted 13 league goals this season and also goes on the watchlist.

However, when it comes to this fixture, one man's name stands above the rest. Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored six goals against Chelsea - more than he has managed against any other side in the Premier League.

For that reason alone, he's our tip to score anytime.

Gylfi Sigurdsson to score anytime at 7/1 (PaddyPower)

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