English Premier League – Chelsea vs Everton


Chelsea host Everton on Sunday looking to build upon last weekend’s impressive 2-1 victory away at Tottenham Hotspur. They will come up against a solid looking Everton side who are unbeaten so far this season and caused Manchester City plenty of problems in last weekends 1-1 draw at The Etihad Stadium. This is set up to be a good game and fans of both sides will be watching intently to get a gauge on how their teams fortunes are shaping up this season.


Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side recovered from their humiliating opening day defeat to Burnley with an inspired victory away at a Tottenham Hotspur side who dropped just four points at home in the whole of last season. Even without the suspended Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea still had enough about them to beat Spurs thanks to two goals from left wing back Marcos Alonso. Tiemoue Bakayoko impressed on his debut in central midfield, whilst Alvaro Morata appears to be getting up to speed in attack. Conte will be desperate to send out a message to the rest of the Premier League that last season wasn’t a one off for Chelsea and that they are title challengers again.


I’ve been impressed by Everton this season, they have looked well organised and tough to break down in all of their games. Ronald Koeman’s side are unbeaten in all six of their competitive games and picked up a 1-1 draw away at Hadjuk Split on Thursday night thanks to a stunning first goal for the club from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Wayne Rooney has scored on both of his Premier League appearances for his boyhood club since his return and he will be hoping to inflict more damage on a Premier League title hopeful this weekend.

Talking Points

  1. Everton are unbeaten this season in six matches; can Chelsea end that run?
  2. Can Wayne Rooney score for a third successive Premier League match after finding the net against Stoke City and Manchester City?
  3. Chelsea must improve upon their performance from the opening day of the season at home and fans will be desperate to see a performance similar in quality to those of last season.


Everton look like a tough team to beat this season and in Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Ashley Williams, Michael Keane and Leighton Baines they have a very solid back five when all are fit. Despite that I fancy Chelsea to just edge this one; they looked very impressive against Spurs last weekend and confidence will be high in the camp heading into this one.

Betting Tips (Bet365)

Chelsea start this game as big favourites at odds of 9/20, whilst an away victory for Everton is 15/2 and the draw is 7/2. Those odds on Chelsea look very short to me and I don’t think there is too much value to be had there. If you fancy Wayne Rooney to continue his goal scoring run, then he is available at 10/3 to score at anytime. Willian has impressed me this season and I’m backing him to score at anytime at odds of 21/10.

Willian to Score at Anytime – 21/10 (Bet365)  

This photo of the bridge at the Old Den brings back some…

This photo of the bridge at the Old Den brings back some memories. Back in March 1986 I went to Millwall to watch the Blades. We travelled down on a very plush double decker coach, it had a television AND a toilet, the height of luxury eh! Unfortunately for us when we got to Millwall it couldn’t fit under the bridge so the police directed us to park up on a council estate about a mile from the ground. Well, when we got off it was like world war three.

There was a bit of previous going on you see. This was the first game between Millwall and the Blades since a coach load of Millwall had visited Sheffield City Centre one Saturday night on their way home after a trip up North. Not surprisingly it had all kicked off and in the ensuing trouble a young Millwall fan fell and hit his head. Sadly he died later in hospital.

The police mindful of trouble for this fixture had diverted United coaches around the M25 and into South-East London via a ‘secret’ route in order to avoid flash points. Of course their plan to avoid trouble got royally cocked up when they parked our coach in the middle of a Millwall housing estate.

We disembarked and set off for the ground, a human convoy of about 50 to 60 Blades, one copper at the front, one at the back. We were getting all sorts pegged at us, bricks, lumps of concrete, old kettles, bags of p|ss, the lot. Millwall fans were running into us and chinning folk left, right and centre, the bobbies thought it was hilarious. Welcome to Millwall they said!

After the game as were were driving through London our coach was attacked by a load of Millwall fans who, if my memory serves, steamed out of a tube station a few miles from the Den. All the windows on the bottom deck were put through and we had to travel back up the M1 with the wind whistling through the coach.

Ten days later United played at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough. There was trouble during the match including a pitch invasion by both sets of fans at the final whistle with some scrapping on the pitch. After the match our coach, operated by the same company that had taken us down to Millwall, again had it’s windows put through. The coach firm involved were understandly quite upset at this damage to their vehicles and after having two coaches done over in less than two weeks  refused to run travel for Blades fans on future away trips.

The good old days eh? A world away from the match going experience enjoyed by fans today.