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Chelsea vs Everton: Blues in charge by the break

Chelsea vs Everton Match Preview and Predictions

Chelsea put their unbeaten Premier League record to the test against Everton on Sunday afternoon when they could go top of the table for at least two hours.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

The second-placed Blues are two points behind champions Manchester City, who take on arch rivals United in Sunday's late kick-off.

Everton head to Stamford Bridge in decent shape having won four of their last five Premier League games which has lifted them into the top half of the table.

Match information

When is it? Sunday 11th November

What time is kick-off? 14:15

Where is it being played? Stamford Bridge

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Kevin Friend

Chelsea vs Everton Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for Sunday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Chelsea return from Thursday's 2,400-mile trip to Barysaw looking to maintain their impressive recent run against Everton and keep the pressure on leaders City.

The Blues have not lost any of their last 23 Premier League clashes with the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge and have won six of the last seven, so it is not surprising they are the 2/5 favourites.

Paul Rideout scored the winner in 1994 when the Toffees last won in west London, but during that winless spell they managed to draw 10 times, albeit not recently.

A draw looks a tempting proposition at 15/4 especially with the long journey to eastern Europe in mind, but Maurizio Sarri makes wholesale changes for Europa League matches and with qualification almost assured he can afford to rest some of his big-name players.

Instead, the first of our Chelsea vs Everton predictions is for Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 9/5.

Chelsea have the highest percentage at home for goals at both ends, while four of Everton's five matches on the road have been good for BTTS tips.

The Londoners have faced some quality sides at home already this season like Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, but have still managed to concede against Crystal Palace and Cardiff, with only Bournemouth failing to score at Stamford Bridge.

First goalscorer tips

Alvaro Morata seems to have found his mojo after netting twice against Palace to make it six goals for the season, although he should have had at least a hat-trick.

Sarri gave the Spaniard a ringing endorsement after the game when he said: "Alvaro improved in the last month. Improved for the confidence, improved for personality, also from the technical point of view.

"Now he's able to play more with the team. I think also Alvaro has very great physical and technical potential. He can improve more."

Morata scored the second goal in last season's 2-0 win against Everton and he has opened the scoring in his last two games, so get on a repeat at 7/2.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Everton have failed to score in their last four Premier League meetings with Chelsea, but there are plenty of reasons to suggest that might change on Sunday.

Richarlison bagged a double against Brighton last weekend and is now just one goal behind the Premier League's top scorers: Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Brazilian looks worth a shout at 11/4 in the anytime scorer odds.

Where the game will be won or lost

Chelsea needed the introduction of Hazard from off the bench to make the points safe last and it remains to be seen whether he will be fit enough to start against Everton.

The Belgian, back after a three-game absence, proved how important he is to Chelsea by providing the assist for Morata's second goal with his first touch from an expertly-delivered free-kick.

Chelsea will need Hazard's guile if they are to overcome an Everton side that look a couple of notches above Palace but even without him, they may prove too good as they did in a 4-0 win at Burnley.

The Blues have been one of the best performers in the first 45 minutes this season (W4 D2 L0) with only Manchester City holding a better record and the next of our Premier League predictions is 27/10 for the hosts to be leading 1-0 at the break as they have been in their last three matches.

The last of our Chelsea vs Everton betting tips is for the first goal to be scored between 21-30 minutes at 5/1. That's been the case in the Toffees' previous two matches but significantly the deadlock has been broken in four of Chelsea's last five games during that period.

Even against Palace, Morata was just two minutes out from making it five in a row, so that looks like a trend worth considering for Sunday's game.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Everton have improved lately but Chelsea look a class above and we can't see anything other than a home win at Stamford Bridge.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football