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- Three of Chelsea’s last six wins have been by more than one goal.
- Everton have lost five of their last six away games, with one draw, and three of those defeats have been by more than one goal.
- The visitors have failed to score in two of their last three trips.
- Jorginho has scored three penalties in total in his last three appearances.
Chelsea test comes at wrong time for Everton
Everton are in the midst of a miserable run and their struggles are likely to continue at Chelsea on Thursday.
After a run of just one point from seven games it looked as if the Goodison club might be turning the corner when they beat Arsenal 2-1 earlier this month. However, they were brought back down to earth with a 3-1 loss at Crystal Palace and now face a Chelsea side who should be in buoyant mood after a last-gasp winner against Leeds last time out.
Injuries mourning for Everton
Rafael Benitez, facing a former club, is without key striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, defender Yerry Mina and the suspended Lucas Digne for the trip to Stamford Bridge and a few more names have been added to the injury list in the last few days. Richarlison looks set to miss out with a calf injury, Andros Townsend has a foot injury and Seamus Coleman is another conern, leaving Everton stretched for this clash in London.
In contrast, Chelsea have a few players hoping for recalls with former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Andreas Christensen pushing for recalls. N’Golo Kante is also closing in on a comeback but if he is deemed fit enough to feature on Thursday he is likely to be named among the substitutes.
Chelsea have had a bit of a blip lately but their form at Stamford Bridge has remained solid. Only Manchester City have denied them any points at home and they have three wins and two draws in five Premier League games since that defeat.
Everton’s away form has been poor for some time now and they have just one point to show from their last six league trips, with the Merseysiders winless in seven overall on their travels. Three of their five defeats have been by more than one goal so a Chelsea win with a -1 handicap stands out as our main bet.
Chelsea can keep weakened Everton at bay
Chelsea have begun to struggle for clean sheets recently and have gone five games without a shut-out. They have one clean sheet in their last four at home though, and as Everton have failed to score in two of their last three away this looks like a good chance for Chelsea to win without conceding. Everton have lost five of their eight away games in the league and have conceded exactly three goals in three of those defeats. Taking that into account a 3-0 win for Chelsea has some appeal in the correct score market.
Chelsea have won three penalties in their last four games and Jorginho has scored all of those. The Brazil-born Italian also remained on the bench for one of those matches meaning he has scored three goals in his last three games and he looks a good contender to grab a goal on Thursday.
Chelsea predicted lineup: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso, Mount, Pulisic, Lukaku
Everton predicted lineup: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Iwobi, Doucoure, Allan, Gordon, Gray; Rondon
- Everton have lost five of their last six away games in the Premier League
- Everton’s last three Premier League matches have finished with over 2.5 goals
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