Everton v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 23rd December, 2017
Venue: Goodison Park
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Today’s early kick-off sees us travel to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side looking like they have a clue again under Sam Allardyce. Everton are unbeaten in their last five, with four wins and a draw, so it’s probably fair to say normal service has resumed after a disastrous start this season.
For Chelsea, we’ve lost just one from the last ten games but we’re not what I’d call consistent and with Alvaro Morata out following the harshest of yellow cards against Bournemouth, and Conte more likely to play with a false nine than he is to put Batshuayi in, goals might be hard to come by for us.
As for Allardyce, he’ll be trying to extend his record against us to five clubs.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Everton manager Sam Allardyce says “My first aim is to make sure we secure a top-half finish. If, by the end of February, we are doing better than that we can push for more. We are not out of trouble completely but we are in a very good position.”
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “we know in the last five games Everton won four, so they are in good form. They have a really good squad and they have changed coach and are having good results. For this reason we must pay good attention on Saturday. It is not simple to play away against Everton.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Everton, Leighton Baines remains out but Yannick Bolasie may return after over a year out.
For Chelsea, David Luiz (knee) remains out and Alvaro Morata misses out after his fifth booking and one of the most ridiculous yellow cards I’ve ever seen.

TEAMS
EVERTON (Possible line-up): Pickford; Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Martina; Gueye, Schneiderlin, Lennon, Rooney, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses; Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Fabregas, Pedro, Hazard

LAST SEASON
Everton 0-3 Chelsea (30th April 2017)

CURRENT FORM
EVERTON: LWWDWW
CHELSEA: DWWLWW

OTHER STUFF
~ Everton have beaten Chelsea just once in the last eight Premier League meetings (D1, L6).
~ Chelsea have already beaten Everton three times in 2017
~ Everton have won five of their last eight home league fixtures against Chelsea, losing three.
~ Everton are unbeaten in their last five league games
~ Everton have kept three clean sheets in those unbeaten five league matches.
~ Everton have scored a club record 47 Premier League goals at Goodison Park in 2017. Only Manchester City, with 52, have more home goals this year.
~ Chelsea have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League games (W8, D1).
~ Chelsea are eight points worse off than at this stage last season

PREDICTIONS
BBC Sport: Everton 0-2 Chelsea
Sky Sports: Everton 0-3 Chelsea
Sportsmole: Everton 1-1 Chelsea

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