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Date: Saturday 12th December 2020

Venue: Goodison Park

Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

It’s another Saturday night game for us and after a win at home to Leeds last weekend, tonight it’s a trip to Goodison Park to take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.

Everton have won their last two home league meetings with Chelsea and whilst they start this game in ninth and five points worse off than us, we shouldn’t kid ourselves we’ll be too much for them. Everton are a major threat going forward with Richarlison available and Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 19 goals in 31 league games under Ancelotti.

We showed against Leeds, we might have overhauled our backline, but we can still have our mad moments defensively. Of course, Everton’s defence is not exactly rock solid and we could cause them problems on the break, but we’ll have to do it without Ziyech this evening. We shouldn’t be shy of taking shots though, given Jordan Pickford has already conceded five goals from outside the penalty area in the Premier League this season.

We know we’re in great form, with five away wins in a row in all competitions and 17 unbeaten going into tonight’s game.  Everton, on the other hand, have lost their last two homes games – if I’m honest though, I’m just not convinced they’ll let that slip to three.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Everton Manager Carlo Ancelotti, says “He [Lampard] has a fantastic squad, a fantastic team and so his job is really good. Our relationship has changed because before it was a relationship between a manager and a player, now it’s between colleagues. I am pleased and I am happy to see him again. Chelsea are in a really good moment. I think after a difficult start they start to play like they want and like they are able to do. It’s necessary for us to have a fantastic and top, top performance. The question is are we able to do this? The answer, my personal opinion today, is yes, we are able to compete.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, meanwhile, says They [Everton] started very well. They have quality players, they have a fantastic manager – one of the best in the world – and the Premier League is unforgiving. They have had a few injuries but we all have our own moments and patches where results are challenging. But it doesn’t change my thoughts about how to approach playing Everton. They are a very, very good side. 

They have great individuals within collective that can win games. I’m very focused on their strengths and the dangers we face going there. We found that out last year. I know it was a different time, different manager although he is still on the staff. But it was a very tough match for us and that should still be on our minds.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Everton, Lucas Digne, Seamus Coleman, Fabian Delph and James Rodriguez are absentees.

For Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both expected to miss a couple of weeks but Christian Pulisic is available.

TEAMS

EVERTON (Possible line-up): Pickford; Godfrey, Mina, Keane; Davies, Allan, Doucoure, Iwobi; Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Havertz, Kante, Mount; Pulisic, Giroud, Werner

LAST SEASON

Everton 3-1 Chelsea (7 December 2019)

CURRENT FORM (PL)

EVERTON: LLLWLD

CHELSEA: WWDWWD

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in six of the past eight league meetings.
  • Everton have won our last two meetings at Goodison.
  • Everton won their opening seven fixtures in all competitions this season but have won just one of the next seven.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in nine Premier League games
  • Everton have conceded in 10 consecutive Premier League games, home and away.
  • Everton could fail to keep a clean sheet in 10 straight home league matches for the first time since 1959.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in all nine away fixtures in all competitions, winning six and drawing three.
  • Chelsea have scored 25 Premier League goals, a tally bettered only by Liverpool’s 26.

PREDICTION

Sky Sports: Everton 2-2 Chelsea

BBC Sport: Everton 0-2 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Everton 1-2 Chelsea

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