After narrowly escaping relegation last season, Everton will be against all odds to get off to a good start in 2022-23.
The Toffees are +450 underdogs at home against. Chelsea, who are at -175 on Saturday and have the fourth shortest odds to win the league at 18/1.
Over the course of the 38-game season, Chelsea are expected to work their way into the top four, but there are legitimate reasons to be skeptical of Thomas Tuchel’s squad in the nearer term.
Chelsea have been very busy in the transfer market, while there is plenty of continuity in Frank Lampard’s Everton roster, which is likely to feature just two new faces.
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The Toffees have taken four points from Chelsea in their two encounters in 2021-22, and Everton should also benefit from the chaotic nature of Matchweek 1, which has been quite kind to underdogs for the past decade.
Odds say Chelsea are more likely to win this game than not, but it’s not a bad place – and a good price – to support the Toffees at home.
The game: Everton +450.