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Nic Ladds 22nd Dec 2008 - 8:49

No room at the Goodis-inn for Moyes' boys

David Moyes will be getting 8/1 first scorer chance Tim Cahill ready for another possible start up front if once again no fit strikers are available.

Luiz Felipe Scolari takes Chelsea to Goodison Park looking for a record twelfth straight away win which they are 7/10 to achieve.

This price is partly down to Everton's shocking home record as they have won just one game in front of their own fans.

Add that to the striker woes they are suffering and it becomes clear why they are as long as 4/1 to win or 13/5 to hold the Londoners to a draw.

A lack of attacking options combined with facing a rock-solid Chelsea defence, Everton's task starts to look even more daunting.

Chelsea have scored 21 goals and conceded just one in their eight away games this season.

Nicolas Anelka's form has not dipped all season despite Chelsea's home form raising some eyebrows. The Frenchman continues to fire goals in and will be high on everyone's first goal scorer lists at 9/2 with the fit-again Didier Drogba 5/1.

When Everton met Villa it was suggested that goals would be hard to come by due to the Toffee's lack of strikers and their generally fairly mean defence. That match yielded five goals turning our prediction on its head.

However sticking with that theory especially against a mean Chelsea defence as opposed to an error prone Villa one, expect few goals.

Joleon Lescott should probably be considered for a place up-front after he bagged a brace last week and is 20/1 to get Everton off to a flyer with the first or 7/1 to bag a goal anytime during the match.

Mikel Arteta is another possible threat as the dead ball specialist will be looking to capitalise on any dangerous free kick positions as it may be Everton's best chance of scoring, he is available at 6/1 to score anytime.

It is impossible to get away from the fact that Chelsea have only conceded one away goal all season and are usually supremely better than any team they encounter when they're playing away.

Correct scores of 1-0 and 2-0 to the London side look the most likely outcomes and are both available at 11/2.

For those who think a shut out is possible with Everton just piling men behind the ball in the hope for a breakaway goal no goal scorer at 17/2 may appeal, (take no goal scorer as opposed to 0-0 as the with the no goal scorer option you still win if an own goal is scored).

Under two match goals at 2/1 covers a narrow win to either side or the away team to keep a clean sheet at evens will carry a lot of money due to Chelsea's meanness at the back.

While Everton are no mugs their lack of a strike force combined with Chelsea's unbelievable away record will have David Moyes hoping for a draw at best and the Merseysider's formation could be set accordingly making this a tight game.

Chelsea have had their critics for some of their home performances and aren't quite performing with the fluency they did at the start of the season.

With Drogba fit again and Ricardo Carvalho nearly ready to play it looks like Chelsea's charge for the title is ready to step up a gear.

Recommendation:
Chelsea to win 2-0 - 11/2
Away team to keep a clean sheet - Evens

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