CHELSEA v Everton: Preview

Date: Sunday 27th August, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

After the hysterics that followed the Burnley game, last week quietened things down a bit, but the reality is it was Spurs at Wembley so the odds were always in our favour.
Today, it’s Everton and with Wayne Rooney back at a club where he’s genuinely valued, we’ll probably have a tougher test than last week. Of course, we’re already facing an uphill struggle with the league already won a week into the season and confirmed yesterday but like Spurs, we should probably try and mount some sort of a challenge.
On the plus side, Everton don’t have the best win record at Stamford Bridge although they’re not averse to holding out for a point – but we could do without dropping anymore if we’re going to keep the histrionics to a minimum.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says “For me it’s very important for me to continue to work and improve my players and my team. For sure the club is trying to strengthen our squad and our team, they’re working very hard to do this. I don’t like to talk about other players, I think it’s a lack of respect. You know very well the situation. You have to continue to work, if we stay with these players I’m very happy.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman meanwhile, says “We’re still looking to bring a striker in. It’s not that I’m not happy. I’m really happy about the performances of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but he is still young. We need competition.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Eden Hazard remains out and Gary Cahill sits out the second match of his three-game ban. Cesc Fabregas is available again after a suspension.
For Everton, James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, Ross Barkley and Yannick Bolasie all remain out and Morgan Schneiderlin is banned, while Idrissa Gueye and Sandro Ramirez will face late tests.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Fabregas; Morata
EVERTON (Possible line-up): Pickford; Keane, Williams, Jagielka; Holgate, Gueye, Davies, Baines; Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson; Rooney

LAST SEASON
Chelsea 5-0 Everton (5th November 2016)

RECENT FORM (PL)
CHELSEA: LW
EVERTON: WD

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea have won seven of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Everton.
~ Chelsea are on an unbeaten 22-match run against Everton at home in league matches
~ Chelsea have not lost back-to-back home games in the league since November 2011
~ Chelsea have not drawn a competitive home fixture with Conte as head coach (W21, L3).
~ Chelsea last lost their opening two home matches of a top-flight campaign in 1978-79, when they were beaten by Everton and Leeds.
~ The reigning champions of England’s top division have never lost their opening two home fixtures of a top-flight season.
~ Everton have only lost one of 11 league games against the reigning top-flight champions since a 1-0 defeat by Man City in December 2014.
~ Since the start of 2011, Everton have won just one of 40 league matches away at a side that had finished in the previous season’s top six

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Everton
Sky Sports: Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Sportslens: Chelsea 2-1 Everton

One Response to “CHELSEA v Everton: Preview”

  1. Blue is going to win today’s game