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Chelsea v Everton preview: Graham Potter's side to continue upturn in form

Chelsea's recent upturn in form has generated a fresh belief around Graham Potter's side and they have a chance to beef up their slim European hopes against Everton on Saturday.

The Blues beat Leeds 1-0 before battling past Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate to reach the last eight of the Champions League, where they will play holders Real Madrid before potentially facing either Manchester City or Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

However, it was in last Saturday's 3-1 win at Leicester that they really found their flow and they will be keen to kick on against the Toffees.

Everton were last seen ending Brentford's 12-game unbeaten run courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park but have won just once away from home this season.

They begin the weekend 15th in the table, just a point above the bottom three and look unlikely to improve their embarrassing Bridge record in Saturday's late game.

WhatChelsea v Everton
WhereStamford Bridge, London
When17:30, Saturday 18th March
How to watchSky Sports Main Event and Football
OddsChelsea 9/20, Draw 16/5, Everton 7/1

History favours the home side

The pair's status as two of just six sides to have played every Premier League season means they know each other well but their rivalry has been incredibly one-sided.

In fact, Everton have not won at Stamford Bridge in the league since 1994 and their away form this season suggests that run might be about to be extended.

Sean Dyche has undoubtedly made the Toffees tougher to beat since taking over on 30th January but all three of their wins under his tutelage have come at Goodison Park.

Everton are 7/1 to upset the odds but will need to find some attacking inspiration, with their tally of 20 goals the joint-lowest in the Premier League.

They have also kept just one clean sheet on the road this season and that blends nicely with the fact that Chelsea have won their last two at home to nil (Leeds 1-0 and Borussia Dortmund 2-0).

That outcome is 11/10 in Result/Both Teams to Score, with a repeat of the 1-0 they secured in August at Goodison Park under Thomas Tuchel 5/1. However, they looked more progressive in last Saturday's 3-1 win at Leicester and Potter's side are 11/2 for a 2-0 Correct Score and 9/1 for 3-0.

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Happier Havertz a player to watch

Kai Havertz has been criticised this season, netting just six times when largely fielded in an unfamiliar number nine role.

The German has spoken out over the last few days about how he has been affected by the barbs that have come his way, especially as he is playing out of position, but there is clearly plenty of talent there and he has scored in his team's last two matches.

Havertz took the weight of the team on his slender shoulders when he successfully slotted the decisive penalty in the win over Dortmund, especially as that was his second attempt after his first go had hit the post before a retake was ordered for encroachment by goalkeeper Alexander Meyer.

The 23-year-old is 9/4 to score at Anytime, but it might be worth looking at him to break the deadlock at 11/2. Of his six league goals this season, three have been the first of the game and he could pounce again.

Cards could be a factor

It might be cliche to suggest that Dyche prioritises physicality in his approach but the Toffees have undoubtedly been more robust than they were during much of Frank Lampard's reign.

Inevitably, this has led to plenty of cards flying around, with Everton the third-most cautioned team in the league and Abdoulaye Doucoure receiving six yellows in his last nine games in all competitions.

The Frenchman is 2/1 in the Player to Be Booked market but that is not as short as his fellow midfielder Amadou Onana. The Belgian has been carded a combined 10 times for club and country this season and is 15/8, while James Tarkowski is the same price, having seen yellow in two of his last three outings.

With Everton likely to sit back, corners could also be prevalent on Saturday, with Over 10 Corners available at 5/4, something worth noting considering there were 12 in Chelsea's game against Leeds, albeit the Whites played on the front foot and contributed seven.

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