Odds and Preview for Chelsea vs. Everton on May 19th, 2013 - English Premier League

English Premier League - Chelsea vs. Everton - Matchup - Team LogosChelsea are hosts to Everton in the 38th and last round of the English Premier League on May 19th, 2013 at Stamford Bridge in London.

Chelsea are in 3rd place with 72 points, 2 points ahead of 4th place Arsenal, and still in a battle for direct entry to the UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage. Everton will finish in 6th place regardless of the outcome on Sunday as they are 5 points ahead of 7th place Liverpool and 6 points behind 5th place Tottenham.

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This is a game that Chelsea are going to want to win in order to secure direct entry to the UCL group stage. Finishing 4th means that they would have to alter their summer plans and continue to battle for a spot in the group stage via UCL play-offs.

There is another possible, although unlikely, outcome for Chelsea if they tie with Everton and Arsenal manage to beat Newcastle. At the moment Chelsea have scored 73 and conceded 38 goals, while Arsenal have scored 71 and conceded 37. Now if Chelsea plays 0-0 tomorrow and Arsenal wins 2-1, the two teams will be equal on points, goal differential and goals scored in which case the English Premier League rule book says that the two teams, since they are fighting for a spot in another competition, will have to "play off one or more deciding League Matches on neutral grounds". The same rule would apply if Chelsea plays 1-1 on Sunday and Arsenal wins 3-2 etc.

Lets take a look at the odds for the upcoming match between Chelsea and Everton.

Chelsea 8/13
Draw 14/5
Everton 9/2

A $100 bet on Chelsea to win returns $61 in profit, the same bet on a Draw returns $280 in profit and the same bet on Everton returns $450 in profit.

With a win, Chelsea can finish in style. They had a turbulent season, but they pulled it together in the end and managed to win the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday by beating Benfica 2-1 in the Amsterdam final. Chelsea are undefeated in their last nine games.

Everton won their last match vs. West Ham 2-0 at home after playing 0-0 with Liverpool and beating Fulham 1-0.

This should be an interesting match. A lot is at stake for Chelsea, while Everton is relaxed and might want to win this one for their departing coach David Moyes who is heading to lead Manchester United after twelve years at Goodison Park.