Chelsea have started December with a much needed victory over Aston Villa at home as they head to Goodison Park this Saturday to face Everton. Everton will face a strong Chelsea side and after sacking manager Marco Silva they are currently in 18th place in the league. However, Everton did manage to have a good outing against the Blues last season drawing away at Stamford Bridge and winning at Goodison Park last season. It might be a tough game in hand for the Blues facing an Everton side with lots of promise who may as well play with no holds barred at home under interim coach Duncan Ferguson. Frank Lampard has got this side to comeback after poor results away to City, Valencia and at home to West Ham. Chelsea supporters can expect a cracking game of football this weekend.
Everton have only managed to win three home fixtures this season and are winless in the last 3. Chelsea have the one of the best away records in the league with five wins and two losses coming to a strong Manchester City and Manchester United on the opening week. The Blues have managed to come back after suffering back to back losses for the first time this season with striker Tammy Abraham coming back into the squad after an injury scare to secure the win at home midweek along with Mason Mount. Everton come into this game after suffering a heavy loss to Liverpool at Anfield mid week with new interim coach Duncan Ferguson in the helm for this game.
Richarlison and Iwobi will look to threaten the Chelsea backline with their pace on either flank. Captain Lucas Digne will be one of the threats for the Chelsea defence as the stellar left back is a constant threat with his crosses into the box and set pieces. Tammy Abraham’s importance to Chelsea’s attack was visible in midweek as he looks to lead the line with Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and in form Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovačić. Reece James will be key to keeping both Richarlison and Digne at bay on the Right hand flank.
Antonio Rudiger has been training but the Everton game comes too soon for him. Ross Barkley, meanwhile, has been confirmed as part of the squad. Other absentees include the recovering Ruben Loftus-Cheek and out of favour Marcos Alonso who has not started for Chelsea in the Premier League since October. Vice Captain Jorginho is expected to start after being rested mid week against Aston Villa.
Fabian Delph and Seamus Coleman are back training with the first team for the Toffee’s and are expected to be available in the weekend for selection. Everton have no fresh injury concerns with the exception of long term absentees, Jean Philipe Gbamin and Andre Silva.
Everton vs Chelsea
Saturday 7th December
Kick off: 15:00 UK time