Toffees Coming Unstuck Against The Top Teams

Everton have failed to beat a side ranked above 12th this season.

Everton have failed to beat a side ranked above 12th this season.

Chelsea has won four English Premier League games on the spin and one lists it as the best bet on the card when overrated Everton visits Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Since losing 0-3 to Arsenal in what was an awful result for its English Premier League title chances, Chelsea has strung together back-to-back-to-back-to-back wins to nil, defeating Hull, Leicester, Manchester United and Southampton to lift itself to within one point of Manchester City, the Gunners and Liverpool at the top of the ladder. Just four points separate Chelsea and Everton after 10 rounds of English Premier League action but one thinks that the Toffees are going to come unstuck as their assignments get tougher.

Ronald Koeman enjoyed a dream start to life as Everton boss, collecting 13 points from his first five English Premier League games in charge of the Toffees. But Everton has taken only five points from its next five English Premier League matches and its overall list of victims is full of the division’s struggling sides – West Bromwich, Stoke, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and West Ham. That is right – Everton has not beaten a team ranked above 12th on the English Premier League ladder and its most recent road trip resulted in a 1-2 loss at relegation candidate Burnley.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has bitten the bullet with his playing system and implemented exactly what he wants and the Blues are beginning to reap the rewards. Chelsea looks set to challenge for the English Premier League title, whereas Everton will be lucky to be in the hunt for a UEFA Europa League spot. Several bookmakers, including Betfred, SkyBet,and William Hill, are offering odds of -175  about Chelsea proving that it is in a different class to Everton.

Surely the time is going to come soon when Burnley stops receiving undeserved English Premier League points. Jose Mourinho exploded while watching Burnley steal a 0-0 English Premier League draw at Manchester United last time out and the Clarets have got the chocolates at home to Liverpool, Watford and Everton despite contributing very little going forward. Burnley’s English Premier League statistics are damning and support the case for opposing the Clarets when they host Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on Saturday.

For shots and shots on target, Burnley has the worst English Premier League numbers and the same goes for shots allowed and shots on target allowed. Crystal Palace has a positive English Premier League shots and shots on target difference and it has found the back of the net in eight of its 10 divisional games, a far cry from the end of last season.

Crystal Palace merits favouritism for its English Premier League match at Burnley and, because one rates the Clarets as below genuine top-flight standard, one can accept odds of +140  with Betfred, Paddy Power and William Hill about the Eagles snapping their four-game divisional winless run.

Finally, Tottenham is making noises that Harry Kane will play some part in Sunday’s English Premier League derby between Spurs and Arsenal but one suspects that it will be a minor one in a losing side. Tottenham has toiled in Kane’s absence, failing to win any of its last six matches across all competitions and losing control of its own destiny in its UEFA Champions League group. Arsenal has home advantage for this term’s first clash between the north London giants and generally one can rely upon the Gunners rustling the onion bag at least once, regardless of its opposition.

Arsenal is available at odds of +100  with William Hill to defeat Tottenham and increase its English Premier League lead over its great local rival to half a dozen points.

Tips Summary

Chelsea to beat Everton
Saturday 5th November, 17:30 GMT
Odds:  -175

Crystal Palace to beat Burnley
Saturday 5th November, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +140

Arsenal to beat Tottenham
Sunday 6th November, 12:00 GMT
Odds:  +100