After a stunning victory against Liverpool in the FA cup at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have been in high spirits all week, now looking forward to facing Merseyside neighbours, Everton on Sunday. Chelsea have had a good run of results after the loss to Bayern and they will look to carry the momentum forward into the closing stages of the league. The upcoming fixtures are vital for Chelsea’s European hopes next season and the team is fairly aware of that. They have been playing with a swagger despite injuries to many first team players. The Blues will also be looking to avenge the 3-1 defeat they endured earlier this season as a formidable Everton team will be looking to complete a league double over Chelsea- last achieved in 1978.
Everton will also travel to Stamford Bridge managed by a very familiar face to the SW6 faithful. Mr Carlo Ancelotti, one of the most successful managers at Chelsea will most certainly receive a warm welcome from the supporters and will be going against one of his former players in Frank Lampard. This is the first time in his career where he will face Chelsea as the opposing manager. Carlo Ancelotti has brought this Everton side up to 11th from the relegation zone, eight points behind the Top four, a testament to his managerial ability. Everton have won two of their last five fixtures and but have not kept a clean sheet in their last six. Their last two games against Arsenal and Manchester United were close calls with VAR playing spoil sport in what was a victory at Goodison park last weekend.
Head to Head
Chelsea have a formidable record facing Everton at the bridge. Chelsea are unbeaten in 24 matches against Everton at the bridge winning six of the last eight. The Toffees run of 24 games without a win is their longest away at another club in the Premier League. Only against Leeds (35) have had a longer away run without a win in top-flight history. Everton have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 away games. Chelsea have the advantage at the Bridge and they will be looking to capitalise on Everton this Sunday to move closer to clinching that Champions League spot.
Dominic Calvert Lewin has been enjoying a wonderful run of form off late scoring 13 goals this season. He will be looking to continue his run with partner Richarlison who is also enjoying a good run of form, scoring 10 goals this season for the Toffee’s. Captain Lucas Digne who has been one of the chief architects at left back, and a player to look out for. Jordan Pickford was largely behind the 0-0 draw at the bridge last season with crucical saves, but he has failed to keep a clean sheet along with Everton’s defence in the last five games.
Team News and Injuries
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea has been riddled with injuries of late and currently has the most injured first team players in the Premier League. As many as nine players may be sidelined for the clash against Everton. Jorginho is facing a two game suspension and will not be available for selection. Chelsea will also miss N’golo Kante, Callum Hudson Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Matteo Kovacic who have been sidelined with injures. Ruben Loftus Cheek and Christian Pulisic played a closed-door competitive game during the week as they look to return to match fitness soon. Willian may be available for selection and has trained with the squad yesterday. Finally, Andreas Christensen who did not feature midweek against Liverpool may be available for selection tomorrow.
Everton have been handed a boost with captain Lucas Digne potentially fit to face Chelsea this weekend. Notable absentees include Morgan Schniderlin and Seamus Coleman who have been sidelined with long-term injuries along with Jean Phillipe Gbamin.
Chelsea, despite injures were inspired to victory midweek keeping a clean sheet with keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga back to his usual form. It will be a tough game considering the run of form Chelsea have been on, but as always, I predict a Chelsea win and clean sheet at home this weekend.
Chelsea vs Everton
March 8, Sunday
Kick off – 2 pm Local time
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