The Opta stats point to Chelsea seizing a four-point Premier League lead on Saturday lunchtime, perhaps helped by an early goal...
"There have been four goals in the opening 15 minutes of the last four meetings between Chelsea and Everton."
Best Bet: Back the first goal to be scored between 0-10 minutes in Chelsea v Everton @ [4.7]
Chelsea v Everton, Saturday 12:45, BT Sport 1, Match Odds: Chelsea [1.61], Everton [7.2], The Draw [4.1]
Roberto Martinez has lost all four of his Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge as a manager
Everton excelled to win at Man United and draw at Arsenal in the space of five December days, but have struggled away to top-seven rivals outside of that spell, losing at Man City, Liverpool and Spurs. Man City, Liverpool and Man United have already learnt that Chelsea are ruthless at home to fellow heavyweights, while the Blues have won eight games across an 11-match league unbeaten streak - the division's longest. Opta also note that they have gone 18 without defeat when hosting Everton.
Recommended Bet: Back Chelsea to win @ [1.61]
There have been four goals in the opening 15 minutes of the last four meetings between Chelsea and Everton
This might be Saturday's early kick off, yet you'd be foolish to risk missing the start judging by head-to-head stats that reveal that three of their last four showdowns saw the deadlock broken within seven minutes, while there were two goals in the first 14 at Stamford Bridge last term. The initial strike in three of Chelsea's last nine home encounters arrived within ten minutes, while Everton have swerved stalemates by notching in the opening five minutes of two of their last five fixtures.
Best Bet: Back the first goal to be scored between 0-10 minutes @ [4.7]
Steven Naismith has scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against Chelsea
Naismith is one of the Premier League's ultimate anomalies, as he doesn't appear too highly rated by anyone, but is unquestionably effective. In addition to denying Petr Cech clean sheets in their two 2013 clashes, the Scot has grabbed four goals in his last five outings, netting within five minutes of stepping onto the pitch in three of those instances. The former Rangers forward should be available following a concussion, and his prospects of game-time are enhanced by Romelu Lukaku's absence.
Recommended Bet: Back Naismith to score @ [6.0]