Everton vs Chelsea / Premier League: Everton and Chelsea are entering into the Christmas period in a fine rhythm. The home side finally managed to get out of the crisis and notched several wins in the past weeks. On the other side, the Blues from London returned to winning ways in the past two matches after the unexpected defeat from West Ham.
Chelsea won the last three Premier League games against Everton without conceding a goal, including the 2-0 win earlier this season. Their last meeting was within the frames of the Carabao Cup in October, with Chelsea going through to the next round. But since Sam Allardyce took the hot seat at Everton, the team is unbeaten in his five games as head coach.
Everton returned to winning ways recently and the fans started to believe that the team may join the race for the European competitions. Aside from the draw with their arch rivals Liverpool, the Toffees won against West Ham, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Swansea with the new manager.
When playing at home, Everton has 6 wins and 3 losses, without a single draw. However, Sam Allardyce is facing hard times with injury problems. Barkley, Coleman and Stekelenburg are the most notable absentees, while McCarthy and Leighton Baines are uncertain for the Saturday clash.
Chelsea is travelling to Goodison Park after a hard fought win against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup quarter final, with Alvaro Morata’s late winner. When playing outside of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea is the second most dominant team in the League, of course, behind the Citizens from Manchester.
Antonio Conte has no injury problems for this game, except David Luiz, who should be ready to return at the beginning of 2018. Chelsea is currently on the third place, and the Blues hope to turn things around in the following period. The team must show that their title ambitions are still alive with an away win against Everton.
Everton vs Chelsea: Players to watch
Wayne Rooney’s return to his childhood club was one of the most romantic football stories this summer. Even though not in his prime, the former England captain showed few times this season that his class is permanent. After the slow start at the beginning of the season, Rooney already scored 10 Premier League goals and is once more among the elite in this season’s scoring chart.
When it comes to Chelsea, the absence of the suspended Alvaro Morata, who leads the club goalscoring charts with 9 goals, will open space for Eden Hazard to finally show off his greatness and emulate his great performances from the previous seasons. The fans are surely expecting much more from the dynamic Belgian.
Chelsea must push for the three points at Goodison Park, while Everton will look to continue their unbeaten run. Considering the number of Everton’s first team players that will miss this clash, our pick is to back Chelsea to go all the way with an important away win.