When Everton take on Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday in the 54th Premier League meeting between the two teams, Ross Barkley will be making his first return to Goodison Park since joining the Londoners last January,
The former Everton midfielder will get a heated reception should he play any part in the game, with Evertonians refusing to forgive him for the way he left the club in a cut-price move.
Barkley had been all set to join Chelsea in the summer of 2017 for around £30m, but instead remained at Everton and received treatment for an ongoing injury – then joining Chelsea in January for around £15m with just six months left on his Everton contract.
Everton will be focusing on trying to improve their record against Chelsea though, winning just 9 of the previous 53 Premier League meetings. The good news for Evertonians is that 8 of those 9 have come at Goodison Park, making the odds of 3/1 for Everton to win good value.
The last win saw Stephen Naismith bag a hat-trick and was one of the games that led to the sacking of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as it appeared his side had downed tools.
If you fancied a bet on penalties being awarded then you might take heart from the fact that there hasn’t been one in this fixture in the Premier League since 2010, but there have been 49 penalties awarded in games between the two sides.
What do you think Everton’s chances are against Chelsea this weekend?
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