Everton v Chelsea FA Cup Betting Odds – Saturday, January 29
January 28, 2011 | In: Articles
Everton v Chelsea is the big FA Cup fixture of the weekend, and can really still be classed as two teams searching for their best form. Everton have been a bit hit and miss, but they get Phil Jagielka back into the defence, which should shore things up a bit back there. They really have missed the solid England defender, having conceded six goals during his four match absence. Everton are generally known for their hard work all over the field, and for keeping things particularly tight at the back. They have just two wins in their last eight Premier League games, but their stubborn nature shows through when you see that they have picked up five draws in that run, losing just one. They still remain tough to get past, and they showed Chelsea that earlier in the season when they battled back from a deficit at Stamford Bridge to take a well deserved point from the match. Generally you can expect Everton to give a good account of themselves, especially at home, and they always find that extra gear when taking on teams from the top of the league. However, you have to fancy that Chelsea will continue to rediscover their form, with a couple of good wins behind them now, filling them with the confidence which has been lacking. Chelsea fired four unanswered goals past Bolton in the Premier League on Monday night, firmly sending a statement that they are back in business. Perhaps now the major slump they have suffered, which has all but put them out of the title race is past them. The change of form can be put down to Didier Drogba, who looks to be getting back to his old dominant self, after suffering from Malaria. He is starting to show up more and more in the Chelsea games, whereas during their slump he was pretty much anonymous. No reason not to back Chelsea here, although Everton really did highlight Chelsea’s weaknesses when they met in the league. Being the home side they will have to show some initiative, and that could rattle Chelsea. Being out of the league title race (realistically) you should expect a strong performance from Chelsea, as they won’t want to finish the season empty handed. They have drifted out in odds from favourites, and could be worth a punt as outright winner. They could have had an easier tie in the fourth round, but this should be a pretty good test for them to overcome, and a victory would only breed more confidence for the Premier League run in.