Chelsea vs. Everton Premier League Pick – March 8

Chelsea will be looking to continue their red-hot pace under new manager Thomas Tuchel when they host Everton on Monday evening from Stamford Bridge.

The Blues looked to be in dire shape under former boss Frank Lampard, but Tuchel has seemingly pumped new life into this talented squad. They’re defending better, looking more cohesive as a group, and definitely more lethal when on the ball. Prized German signing Timo Werner is in a great run of form, and will be one to watch on Monday afternoon.

Everton meanwhile enter with a big opportunity to leapfrog Chelsea, sitting just a point and place below them in the standings. They’ve been playing much better football of late, and come into this match winners of three straight contests, scoring four and conceding none.

When these teams last met in December, it was Everton that escaped with a narrow victory by a 1-0 scoreline. With all that is on the line this time, and Chelsea’s improved run of play – expect a more open match and one that Tuchel’s side will enter feeling that they should win. For more team news, tactics, and a betting prediction, continue reading beneath the posted odds for our analysis on Chelsea vs. Everton to close out another exciting EPL matchweek.

Chelsea vs. Everton Betting Odds:

Chelsea (-175)
Everton (+555)
Draw (+320)

Over 2.5 (-110)
Under 2.5 (-110)

Chelsea -1 (+100)
Everton +1 (-120)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Chelsea vs. Everton Pick:

It’s remarkable just how different Chelsea look under Tuchel vs. Lampard. The former-PSG boss has the Blues playing how many felt they should’ve been playing all along, and Chelsea will look to continue their torrid pace against a formidable foe in Everton. It really will be a true test of their progress.

The Toffees of Everton will head to London with some injuries to contend with. Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph are still sidelined, which should hinder their ability to defend and play without the ball against this immensely gifted Chelsea side. Carlo Ancelotti is expected to go with their familiar 4-3-3 formation – and though their back-line leaves something to be desired, their front-three attacking trio of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, and James Rodriguez could trouble Chelsea’s defense.

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That said, look for Chelsea to still control this match from the outset, with both relentless ball possession and scoring chances at goal. The Blues have been sturdier without the ball, and more direct when on it, under Tuchel, two traits that have helped them of late. Expect a 3-4-2-1 out of Chelsea, with the in-form German striker Timo Werner operating alongside Mason Mount on the attack. That duo is absolutely dynamic right now, and should cause all sorts of problems for Everton.

Chelsea also boast a tireless midfield, one that will work relentlessly to win possession and distribute to their skilled options in attack. Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho are two of the best central midfielders in the world, and should help the Blues to control this match against Everton. That tandem has been the key to much of their successes lately, and Everton likely won’t have an answer at ball retention against that feared duo.

Though Chelsea will still likely fall short of the lofty expectations placed on their shoulders coming into this season, the Blues have rebounded nicely of late, and have a Champions League spot very much on their minds. Expect another suffocating Chelsea defensive performance, where they offer very little to Everton going forward. Eventually, expect Timo Werner to find the back of the net using his game-breaking ability, giving Chelsea a narrow and hard fought win to nil. Enjoy the match!

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Chelsea
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Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.