Goodison to roar The Toffees to cup victory
The tie of the fourth round sees two of the FA Cup's most prolific winners go head to head at Goodison Park in search of a place in round five.
Everton are 13/5 to win in 90 minutes, Chelsea are the clear favourites at 21/20 and it's 12/5 that the game requires a replay at Stamford Bridge. As always, we're betting on which team will progress and I think the value lies with the home side, Everton are 13/8 to get through to the fifth round (Chelsea 4/9).
Chelsea have lifted the trophy six times including success in last year's final when they beat Aston Villa 3-0. Everton meanwhile have five wins but you have to go back to 1995 for their last victory, when a Paul Rideout goal was enough to see off Man United at Wembley.
These two met in the 2009 final when Louis Saha scored the fastest ever goal in an FA Cup Final after just 25 seconds before Chelsea fought back to win 2-1. Saha is 7/1 to open the scoring again in this one and if you fancy a repeat of that final with Saha scoring first but Chelsea going on to win 2-1 you can get a whopping 100/1.
Chelsea are 11/2 to retain their trophy this whilst Everton are 14/1 to end their sixteen year trophy drought. The price on The Toffees could prove great value if they can get through this one.
Chelsea seem to have found some form at last after a nightmare spell and were impressive when seeing off Bolton 4-0 at The Reebok on Monday. Bolton are an awful side though so you can't read too much into that result. Didier Drogba looked back to his best on the night and he will need to be firing against Everton if The Blues are to progress. He is Even money to score at anytime and 25/1 to score a hat-trick. It's 40/1 that Chelsea can follow up their win at Bolton with another 4-0 success.
The big news prior to the game is that Chelsea have had a bid for Fernando Torres rejected by Liverpool as they look to strengthen their squad before the January transfer window closes. The bid was believed to be in the region of £40 million and reaffirms Roman Abromavich's desire to bring trophies to the club.
Everton meanwhile have drawn their last two games against local rivals Liverpool and at home to West Ham last time out. Both games ended 2-2, it's 16/1 for a repeat scoreline.
David Moyes side are always dangerous at home and the Goodison Park crowd are sure to be up for this one and they will see this a good chance for some silverware.
They have lost just one of their last nine games and a proving difficult to beat, making the Everton (+1) on the handicap market look a tempting proposition at 7/10.
There have been over 2.5 goals in each of Everton's last four games and if you fancy another high scoring game you can back over 2.5 goals at Evens.
I think this could go either way but Everton are the value bet at 13/5 to win and that is my selection. I fancy a few goals so over 3.5 at 5/2 is also worth a punt. I expect a fiery encounter and the 4/1 that there is a red card shown is also worth an interest bet.