Everton v Chelsea latest odds, news and free bets

Chelsea will have to wait another week for Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou to return from African Cup of Nations duty, with the Ivory Coast set to line up against Zambia in the final

However, the Blues weren’t exactly struggling for goals last Sunday when they raced into a 3-0 lead against Manchester United, before a Wayne Rooney brace of penalties and a Javier Hernandez header denied Andre Villas-Boas’ team the three points.

The Red Devils comeback illustrated the fragile nature of this current Chelsea team who are statistically unlikely to go to Goodison Park and win this weekend when you considering that they have landed victory in just five of their twelve away games.

The bookies are getting a bit more adventurous when it comes to taking on Chelsea and you can get 13/10 (Coral £25 free bet) about the visitors in this match, especially as Everton pulled off a cracking result in their last home game when beating Manchester City 1-0.

Fernando Torres has shone at Goodison on several occasions as a Liverpool player although the good times in a Chelsea shirt still haven’t arrived and the bookmakers now regard Daniel Sturridge as the more likely scorer for the Blues. The latter is a best price 13/2 with Coral while his Spanish team-mate can be backed at 7/1 (Blue Square free bets).

The home supporters love watching the Toffees try and beat the top teams in the Premier League and you have to say 12/5 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) looks big about David Moyes’ men considering that they now have a quality striker on their books.

The Scot will hope that Nikica Jelavic can break his duck quickly for Everton and the Croatian is an 8/1 chance to be the first name on the scoresheet in this game, with Darron Gibson as big as 25/1 to repeat his Manchester City feat in this match.

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