Everton vs Chelsea: Marco Silva’s time at Everton has come to an end and the Toffees are now under Duncan Ferguson for the time being. The caretaker manager has a huge game in front of him with high-flying Chelsea visiting Goodison Park.
The Blues are 4th in the table with 29 points and need a win to keep pace with Manchester City, Leicester City and Liverpool above them. Moreover, the teams below them in the table are gathering momentum and Chelsea cannot afford any more slip-ups.
Everton vs Chelsea Team News
Everton: Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Cuco Martina and Fabian Delph are ruled out with injuries. Seamus Coleman is facing a late fitness test but is expected to start. Theo Walcott is also expected back in the starting XI.
Chelsea: Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger are out while Ross Barkley is likely to be on the bench against his former side. Willian is a doubt so Mount and Pulisic are expected to start on the wings.
Everton vs Chelsea Probable XI
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Davies, Schneiderlin; Walcott, Iwobi, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pulisic, Tammy, Mount
- Everton won this fixture 2-0 last season, and are looking to secure back-to-back league wins against Chelsea for the first time since November 1994.
- Chelsea have failed to score in their last three Premier League games against Everton (D2 L1). They have never gone four games without a goal against an opponent in the league since Bolton (1958-1960).
- Everton have won six of their last 10 home league games against Chelsea (D1 L3) – more than they had in their previous 24 against them at Goodison Park in the top-flight (W5 D10 L9).
- After a run of six consecutive clean sheets at Goodison Park in the Premier League, Everton have recorded just one shutout in their last six at home in the competition, conceding at least twice in four of those games.
- Everton will play a Premier League match in December starting the day in the relegation zone for the first time since December 2003, when they drew 0-0 with Manchester City.
Everton vs Chelsea Prediction
Chelsea win – 48%
Draw – 27%
Everton win – 25%
Same fixture last season saw Everton run out 2-0 winners