Chelsea will be looking for their 3rd straight home win in the league when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday at 2:05pm.
The Blues last time out in the league overcame Crystal Palace in the London Derby 3-1, with Alvaro Morata scoring a brace. Will Morata continue this goalscoring form against Everton?
The London club is currently second in the table with 27 points, ahead of 3rd place Liverpool on goal difference and only 2 points off the leaders Manchester City. So Chelsea will be looking for all 3 points in this encounter to keep up with Manchester City.
Chelsea remains the only team in Europe unbeaten in all competitions, so can they maintain this record going into the next international break avoiding a shock defeat at home to Everton?
Everton will be looking to build on their impressive 3-1 victory at home to Brighton, but this is a massive task that faces Marco Silva’s Men. Can they cause an upset?
Everton is currently 9th in the Premier League table with 16 points. Only 2 points off 8th placed Watford. So the Toffees will be looking for a minimum of a point in this encounter to maintain their place in the top half of the table.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri didn’t conduct a pre-match conference for this game on Sunday due to his side’s involvement in the Europa League this week.
Everton manager- Marco Silva
MS: “I’ve seen a big difference in Michael Keane. He’s improving and learning our defensive process in the team. This is the real Michael Keane and he will keep growing.”
MS: “We’ve performed well in big away games so far but not achieved the results. It is our way to go everywhere and try to achieve a good result.”
MS: “I met TonyBellew last week. He is a huge Evertonian and, of course, we wish him luck and will be supporting him. We will be watching from the team hotel!”
Chelsea are likely to still have Cesc Fabregas unavailable for this game due to his illness. Chelsea are likely to have Eden Hazard back for this encounter after he played 60 minutes in their Europa League game against BATE Borisov.
Everton manager Marco Silva confirmed in his press conference today that Richarlison is a doubt for Sunday’s game.
Other than that, Jonjoe Kenny, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka still remain out with injuries.
Match Facts/ Head to Head record
Chelsea and Everton have met 180 times in all competitions, with Chelsea having the better head to head record, with them picking up 72 wins over the years against Everton in all competitions. Everton have beaten Chelsea 54 times over the years. Both teams have also played out 54 draws between them.
The most recent encounter between these teams was last season in the League, when Former Everton manager Sam Allardyce held Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park in the Premier League.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 league and cup games at Stamford Bridge, with their last defeat a 3-1 loss to Tottenham on 1 April.
- Maurizio Sarri can become the first manager or head coach to avoid defeat in his first 12 Premier League games. He is currently level with Frank Clark (11 matches with Nottingham Forest in 1994).
- The Londoners could remain unbeaten in their opening 12 top-flight games for only the second time in their history. The previous occasion was in 2014-15, when they avoided defeat in their first 14 Premier League matches.
- Prior to the latest round of matches, no player had been involved in more Premier League goals this season than Eden Hazard, whose tally of 11 comprises seven goals and four assists.
- Hazard has registered assists in three consecutive Premier League appearances as a substitute – no player has ever done so in four successive matches off the bench.
- Alvaro Morata has four goals in his last four league games, after scoring just twice in his previous 20 top-flight appearances.
- The Toffees have claimed four wins in their last five top-flight matches – as many as in their previous 14 games.
- Everton have won one of their last 16 Premier League outings in London (D6, L9), losing all four of their matches in the capital this year.
- The Toffees are winless in their 13 most recent league games played on a Sunday, losing 11 times.
- Their last top-flight win on a Sunday was 2-1 at QPR in March 2015.
- With six goals in nine league games for Everton, Richarlison has already bettered his tally of five in 38 appearances for Watford last season.
Betting Odds/My Prediction
Unsurprisingly, Sky Bet have made Chelsea favourites for the win in this encounter, with a Chelsea win being priced at 2/5. A shock Everton win is being priced at 6/1. Whereas a draw between these two teams is being priced at 19/5.
My prediction for this game is a 2-1 tight Chelsea win. I think that Morata and Hazard will score for Chelsea, and Sigurðsson will score for Everton.
By Danyal Khan