After narrowly escaping relegation last season, Everton will be against the odds to get off on the right foot in 2022-23.
The Toffees are +450 home underdogs versus. Chelsea, which is -175 on Saturday and has the fourth-shortest odds to win the league at 18/1.
Over the course of the 38-game season, Chelsea should find its way towards the top four, but there are some legitimate reasons to be skeptical of Thomas Tuchel’s side in the more immediate term.
Chelsea has been quite busy in the transfer market, while there’s plenty of continuity to Frank Lampard’s Everton lineup, which is likely to feature just two new faces.
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The Toffees took 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 over the last decade.
The odds say that Chelsea is more likely to win this match than not, but this isn’t a bad spot — and a great price — to back the Toffees at home.
The play: Everton +450.