Chelsea favourites to bring Belgian to Bridge

MAROUANE FELLAINI will miss the Christmas period after head-butting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross on Saturday and Ladbrokes make the Belgian a 5-1 shot to have already played his last match in an Everton shirt.

A January scramble for Fellaini’s signature is anticipated and Chelsea are at the head of the queue according to Ladbrokes, who rate the fallen European champions 2-1 to snare the attacking midfielder whenever he decides to depart Goodison Park.

Manchester United are 3-1 to bring Fellaini to Old Trafford, while others prominent in the betting include Paris St-Germain at 5-1, while Arsenal and Zenit can both be backed at 8-1 with Tottenham at 10-1.

Fellaini and the Goodison Park club have accepted an FA charge of violent conduct and he will miss the Toffees' matches against West Ham this Saturday and Wigan and Aston Villa next week.

Match in Focus

19:45 Fr 27May PMSK

Ireland v Holland

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Five of Ireland’s last seven games have featured under 2.5 goals
Expert verdict
This Holland side is a pale imitation of previous Dutch teams and they failed to qualify for Euro 2016, so Ireland have little to fear. The hosts have conceded just three goals in their last seven matches at the Aviva Stadium, displaying the defensive characteristics expected of an Martin O’Neil outfit, so expect another low-scoring game.

 

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