Chelsea’s hopes of making the top four have taken a blow following Saturday evening’s 2-2 draw with Everton in a dramatic ending at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues were denied a fourth straight win by Toffees substitute Ellis Simms’ 89th minute equaliser – just days after Graham Potter declared his intention to lead Chelsea to European glory.
The draw keeps Chelsea behind west London rivals Fulham in tenth place, 11 points adrift a coveted spot in next season’s Champions League.
Felix’s opener, his first goal for Chelsea, was cancelled out by Abdoulaye Doucoure’s equaliser with 20 minutes to play before Havertz restored the lead from the penalty spot seven minutes later.
Sean Dyche rolled the dice and brought on 22-year-old Simms to score his first goal for the club and what a vital point it could be in Everton’s bid for Premier League survival.
Chelsea Top Four Odds
- Arsenal @ 1/750
- Manchester City @ 1/500
- Manchester United @ 1/10
- Newcastle @ 11/8
- Tottenham Hotspur @ 13/8
- Liverpool @ 2/1
- Brighton @ 5/1
- Chelsea @ 33/1
Chelsea are four games unbeaten and Graham Potter is finally getting into a groove at Stamford Bridge after taking over in September 2022 following the shock sacking of Thomas Tuchel.
The result gives Everton (15th, 26 points) a slight bit of breathing room, now two points adrift the relegation zone after 28 games played but West Ham (18th, 24 points) have two games in hand.
Chelsea are next up against Aston Villa in the Premier League followed by Liverpool and Wolves before the highly anticipated Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid.
Premier League betting sites give Everton a 42% chance of relegation at odds of 11/8, with Southampton, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest the current favourites to face the drop.