Event Date: November 25, 2012 17:00 CET
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Fifth meets third in this Sunday afternoon Premier League fixture that will take place at Everton’s Goodison Park, which is quickly turning into be a fortress for away teams.
Everton are one of only two sides in the Premier League that haven’t been beaten at home so far this season (the other one being Stoke City). Big guns such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all come to the Toffees’ breeding ground in search of three points but have met disappointments.
As a result, coach David Moyes’ side has soared to fifth and only a slightly inferior goal difference is keeping them away from overtaking the fourth-placed Spurs. There is no doubt that this Merseyside club has overachieved this season and so it might be time for them to average out their high-flying start with a few dull results.
Everton have lost just once in their last 14 games but their opponents Chelsea are also in very impressive form, having won all but one of their last seven outings. The most important change that coach Rafa Benitez has brought to the European Champions is their defensive solidarity, as they have allowed their opponents to score more than one goal just once in the 10 games under the Spaniard.
As mentioned above, Everton are punching slightly above their weights here and it is about time they suffer a few setbacks and settle down somewhere between sixth and eight positions, where they really belong. However, backing their opponents for an outright win at Goodison could still be risky. Therefore, Betsson’s DrawNoBet option of a Chelsea victory at odds of 1.78 is the safer route.