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Date: Sunday 8th March 2020

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 14:00 GMT

After what may have been a slightly surprising win (for some of us) against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Tuesday, today we face the blue side of Liverpool.

Everton are resurgent under a manager Chelsea know and love, a manager who’s won as much silverware as we have since he was shamelessly thrown to the kerb by the club. It goes without saying Carlo Ancelotti will be warmly welcomed and certainly more warmly than his side, who’ve taken points off us in our last four meetings.

On top of our struggles for a win against Everton in recent times, we have our inconsistencies this season and our innate ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of a win. We also have a squad with more war wounds than the cast from Platoon and you can only question whether our first choice medics forgot to come back to work in the summer and the stand-ins are yet to return from the winter break.

Unpredictable outcome today? Probably (unless it’s a draw!)

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into tonight’s game, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, says “He’s (Ancelotti) very well respected in-house and by the fans. He is a gentleman, a fantastic manager. It was a good season under him (in 2009-10).  He’s a great man-manager. On a personal level, he’s great at striking up relationships. He’s good tactically and has a great manner. I keep in touch with him now and again.”

Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti meanwhile, says “It will be an emotional moment for me. I have fantastic memories of the period I was there. I’m really excited to come back.”

 
SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, van Ginkel (ACL), Christian Pulisic \(adductor), Callum Hudson-Odoi (hamstring) and N’Golo Kante (adductor) remain out. Tammy Abraham (ankle) is also sidelined again and is now joined by Mateo Kovacic (Achilles) and possibly Willian with a similar problem. Jorginho is also missing through suspension, Andreas Christensen (knock) is a doubt and Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unlikely to be ready for a first XI start, so if everyone under the age of 35 could bring a kit with them, Frank Lampard would be very grateful.

For Everton, Seamus Coleman (thigh) is injured and joins Morgan Schneiderlin (knee) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh) on the missing list. Lucas Digne (calf) is fit again though.

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso; Gilmour, Barkley, Mount; James, Giroud, Pedro

EVERTON (Possible line-up): Pickford; Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Baines; Walcott, Gomes, Davies, Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 0-0 Everton (11th November 2018)

CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: LDDLWD

EVERTON: DDWWLD

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea could lose three consecutive league games against Everton for the first time since August 1984.
  • Everton are unbeaten in four meetings, winning two, drawing two and conceding just once.
  • Everton are winless in the past 24 Premier League away fixtures against Chelsea.
  • Chelsea have only won one of their past six league matches, drawing three and losing two.
  • Chelsea’s tally of five home league defeats this season is their most since 1994-95.
  • Everton have only lost two of their past 13 Premier League matches (W6, D5).
  • Since Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge on Boxing Day, only Liverpool and Manchester City have earned more league points than Everton.
  • Everton have not kept an away league clean sheet since the opening day of the season.

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Everton

Sky Sports: Chelsea 1-1 Everton

Sportsmole: Chelsea 2-2 Everton

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