Frank Lampard’s Chelsea continue to lead a tight battle to secure a top-four finish, though face an Everton side this weekend harbouring their own ambitions of securing European football.
Here is all you need to know about Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge:
Chelsea somehow remain fourth despite failing to deliver consistent results this season, their hopes boosted by a huge victory over Tottenham before last weekend’s entertaining draw at Bournemouth.
The club’s midweek FA Cup win over Liverpool will further increase confidence ahead of this weekend’s visit of Everton, Lampard’s side currently three points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United and Wolves.
Olivier Giroud has returned from the cold to lead the line admirably in recent fixtures, the veteran providing an attacking focal point in the absence of the injured Tammy Abraham. The Blues have concerns over Mateo Kovacic and Willian after the duo picked up knocks in midweek, whilst Jorginho will also be missing through suspension.
Kepa could also return in goal, whilst teenager star Billy Gilmour could also feature after a starring midweek performance against Liverpool.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton revolution may have stuttered slightly in the past couple of fixtures, but the Merseyside club remain one of the in-form sides in the Premier League with only Liverpool and Manchester City having accumulated more points over their past ten games.
Last weekend’s draw with Manchester United leaves the club 11th, though they remain within striking distance of the European places ahead of a difficult run of fixtures that includes meetings with Liverpool, Leicester and Tottenham after the visit to Chelsea this weekend.
Domonic Calvert-Lewin continued his fine recent form with a fortuitous goal last weekend, though the forward reaped the rewards of his work-rate to score his fifth goal in six Premier League matches. It’s now 13 for the season for the 22-year-old, who will have hope of making the England squad ahead of this month’s international break.
Everton 3-1 Chelsea, 7th December 2019
Duncan Ferguson’s reign as caretaker manager got off to the perfect start at an atmospheric Goodison Park, Everton bouncing back from their recent struggles to beat Chelsea 3-1 on Merseyside.
Richarlison set Everton on their way to a vital victory with a close-range header after just five minutes, before Domonic Calvert-Lewin doubled the advantage shortly into the second half.
Mateo Kovacic’s first Premier League goal halved the deficit for Chelsea, before Calvert-Lewin bundled home his second and the Toffees’ third to seal a vital victory.
Predicted Line ups
Chelsea: Kepa; James, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Gilmour, Barkley, Mount; Pedro, Giroud
Everton: Pickford; Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Walcott, Gomes, Davies, Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
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How can I watch Chelsea v Everton?
UK and Irish readers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event, whilst US fans can view the fixture on NBCSN.
What time is kick off?
Chelsea – 4/5
Draw – 29/10
Everton – 16/5