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Chelsea v Everton: Drogba to extend Toffees’ barren Spell

| 11.02.2015

Last time Everton beat Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge Baby D was number one in the charts, Glenn Hoddle laced his boots up for a second-half cameo and Paul Rideout hit the winner for a Toffees side featuring Big Nev in goal and Big Dunc up front.

That win was 21 years ago and judging by the form of both teams in their current guise it could be another 21 before Everton leave west London with three points in the bag.

Chelsea go into this tie having won 10 and drawn one of their last 11 home games in the league and Everton arrive having lost six of their last seven on the road.

It stands to reason then that the hosts go into the tie as heavy favourites, with a price of 1/3, while the visitors can be backed at 8/1 and the draw at 4/1.

So, with an Everton win looking about as likely as a return to the top of the charts for Let Me Be Your Fantasy, here are three better-value bets to consider.

Chelsea to win and both teams to score @ 23/10

One way to get some value out of a Chelsea win is to back Jose Mourinho’s men to be breached at the back once again.

Both sides have scored in four of the league leaders’ last five games and with Everton netting in four of their last six another goal could be on the cards for the Merseysiders.

Didier Drogba to score first @ Was 7/2 – NOW 5/1

With Diego Costa still unavailable it looks as though Drogba will be asked to roll back the years to put Everton to the sword.

And if past performances are anything to go by the veteran Ivorian shouldn’t struggle, having already netted eight Premier League goals against the Toffees in his career to date.

He may not be the powerhouse he once was but three league goals this season shows he’s still a force to be reckoned with and looks a good price to open proceeding here.

Under 3.5 goals @ 2/5

This may not seem like the most attractive price, especially after the 6-3 demolition job Chelsea dished out last time these two sides met.

However, that nine-goal epic is something of an anomaly as far as this fixture is concerned, with eight of the last 10 meetings seeing a total of three goals or less.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.