After despatching managerial heavyweights Diego Simeone, Jurgen Klopp and, err, Steve Bruce in recent weeks, Thomas Tuchel turns his attention to Carlo Ancelotti on Monday night.
Chelsea can inflict a hammer blow on Everton’s top four hopes with victory at the Bridge.
And with both teams tighter than your jeans after lockdown, we’re filing this one under “defensive battle”.
However that doesn’t mean it won’t be a compelling clash on Monday Night Football.
|Fixture||Chelsea v Everton|
|Date||Monday, March 8, 2021 at 18:00|
|Where||Stamford Bridge, London|
|How to Watch||Live on BT Sport|
Our Top Odds Pick – Under 2.5 Goals – 5/6 at 888sport
Tuchel’s Chelsea are unbeaten in eight league games, but they have scored just nine goals in that time, so it has been the defence doing most of the work.
The Blues have shut out the opposition in six out of their last eight league games, and no team has scored more than one goal against them.
At this rate they might rename Stamford Bridge “The Launderette”, given the amount of clean sheets!
What is likely though, is that Everton will provide a stern test, riding on the crest of a three match winning streak, with no goals conceded.
The Toffee’s last five games have all contained less than 3 goals, while it’s four low scoring match-ups on the trot for Tuchel’s troops.
And we reckon it’ll be another tight tight affair at Stamford Bridge.
Our Long Shot – 1-1 Correct Score – 15/2 at bet365
Everton exorcised one of their demons at Anfield last month, but they actually have an even worse record at Stamford Bridge.
The last time the Toffee’s won there was 1994, when Carlo Ancelotti hadn’t even begun his glittering managerial career.
However, we reckon Carlo’s men won’t be overawed ahead of one of their toughest tests of the campaign, having returned with 10 points from trips to Spurs, Leicester, Man Utd and Liverpool.
And they are unbeaten in nine away matches.
As impressive as Chelsea’s record is under Tuchel, they have drawn two of their last four, struggling to break down Man Utd and playing out a disappointing 1-1 with an out-of-form Southampton.
And we reckon Everton can make it a tasty ten unbeaten away games on Monday night.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.