Soccer tips: Chelsea vs Everton - Hosts to pile on misery for struggling Toffees

Everton head to Stamford Bridge with just one win in eight away Premier League games this season, conceding 15 in the process...

Chelsea entertain Everton on Thursday night - will the visitors' miserable season and awful record at Stamford Bridge continue?

Andy Schooler takes a look at the contest and picks out his best bets…

When, where and how to watch Chelsea vs Everton

When: Thursday, December 16, 19.45 GMT

Where: Stamford Bridge, London

TV: BT Sport 2

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Best bets for Chelsea vs Everton

Chelsea (-2) on Asian handicap - 7/5

Reece James to score and assist - 11/1

Demarai Gray to score at anytime - 8/1

Last meeting

Chelsea 2-0 Everton (Premier League - March 8, 2021)

Peering back nine months must feel like looking at a glorious era for Everton fans given the club's current woes but this game is where it arguably all started to go downhill.

The Toffees headed to SW6 fifth in the table, knowing victory would see them leapfrog their opponents in the top four - and with a game in hand. Essentially, they seemed to have a genuine chance of earning Champions League football under Carlo Ancelotti.

But Chelsea dominated with Kai Havertz their star performer. His shot deflected off Ben Godfrey for the opener and the German later won a penalty which was dispatched by Jorginho.

Jordan Pickford's saves prevented a heavier defeat as Everton managed only one shot on target. It is a loss that they have never really recovered from.

Chelsea vs Everton - last 10 meetings

Chelsea wins: 5

Draws: 2

Everton wins: 3

Chelsea goals: 14

Everton goals: 7

Both teams scored: 2

Over 2.5 goals: 4

Result betting for Chelsea vs Everton

Rafa Benitez Everton manager Nov21

It was a case of one step forward, two steps back for Everton last week as their much-needed victory over Arsenal was followed by a meek performance in defeat at Crystal Palace during which any confidence gained against the Gunners was surrendered.

Quite why they stood off Palace in the early stages is an awkward question for Rafa Benitez to answer and now his side head to one of their bogey grounds on an awful run of one win in 10.

Everton haven't won at Stamford Bridge since Paul Rideout's winner in 1994 - that's nine years before Roman Abramovich's cash rolled into the club.

They've lost on nine of their last 11 visits and haven't scored in their last five league games on the ground.

With Everton having taken just five points from eight away games this season - their one win coming at Brighton - it's pretty hard to look beyond a home victory, even though it's only 2/9.

As ever with prices that short, it's not difficult to come up with a reason to avoid it and that reason here is Chelsea's recent defensive issues.

Usually so tight under Thomas Tuchel, the European champions have now conceded eight times in their last three games in all competitions. Saturday's last-gasp 3-2 win over Leeds was just their second victory in five.

Still, they can be expected to dominate possession here - only Burnley and Newcastle have seen less of the ball than Everton this season - and they have the forwards to punish a defence which has thrown up error after error in recent weeks.

Seamus Coleman's career slide deepened at Palace on Sunday when two of his errors resulted in goals, albeit one was compounded by another mistake from Demarai Gray.

Coleman shouldn't really be in the side these days, with only Everton's notoriously-bad recruitment keeping him in it, while on the other side of the defence Lucas Digne is available but isn't playing following a row with Benitez.

In the middle, Yerry Mina was again absent at the weekend and Everton duly conceded yet again from a set piece, so it's not hard to see Chelsea, in particular, ex-Toffee Romelu Lukaku, getting stuck into that shaky backline.

With Everton having already lost by three clear goals on four occasions this season - most notably against the other Big Three members, Man City and Liverpool, but also Aston Villa and Watford - backing the hosts on the -2 Asian handicap line makes some appeal at 7/5.

Chelsea must win by three or more for the bet to land but if they win by two you'll get your stake back.

Goals and goalscorer bets for Chelsea vs Everton

Reece James, Chelsea, Champions League, Real Madrid

Continuing on the Chelsea goals theme, you can get 13/10 about them scoring over 2.5 goals which looks a decent alternative to the handicap bet.

Tuchel's men have managed this in five of their six home games against sides in the bottom half of the Premier League, the one outlier being a 1-1 draw with Burnley.

As for players, Reece James is worth taking a look at. He's scored four times in his last nine games, as well as assisting twice in that period. For the season as a whole, the wing-back has five goals and five assists in all competitions.

It's a fine return for a player who has kept Trent Alexander-Arnold out of the England team and the conditions look good for him to add to those tallies here.

Given the Digne situation, he'll likely be up against stand-in left-back Ben Godfrey here and with Everton's defence prone to mistakes, there's every chance he gets opportunities to score.

Lukaku's expected to return to the starting XI only increases the likelihood of him adding to his assists tally too. James is up at 11/1 to score and assist, something he's already done against Arsenal this season.

Marcos Alonso, Chelsea, Tottenham, Premier League

It may also pay to have an interest in the wing-back on the other side of the pitch, Marcos Alonso.

The Spaniard will likely add to Coleman's recent problems with wave after wave of attacks - he's 31/10 to assist, as he did against Leeds, or 15/4 to score.

However, his numbers aren't in James' class - one goal and two assists this season - despite being on many free kicks, so it's not something I'm prepared to recommend.

On the Everton side of things, Demarai Gray has looked their most potent goal threat since Dominic Calvert-Lewin's injury.

He's scored in two of his last three, likes to run at defenders and is firing off shots aplenty.

With Chelsea's defence struggling right now, he's got potential in the anytime scorer market at 8/1, albeit there's the glaring issue of whether Everton will be able to get the ball to him often enough.

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