Written By Onyeka Daniel
At the Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will welcome Everton to London for their week 28 game of the English Premier League with referee D. England set to be in charge of proceedings.
Following the abysmal form that trailed Graham Potter in his first few months at the club and he was reportedly on the brink of being sacked, things are now starting to work out now and he’s since led a mini-revival at the club which has seen the London club win each of their previous three matches in all competitions and qualify them for the quarter-final of the UCL.
Against an Everton side that has been slowly and steadily clawing their way back to safety in EPL under Sean Dyche, it’s not going to be an easy ride for the home side. The Toffees have climbed out of the bottom three with their 1-0 win over Brentford last weekend and, since the arrival of the new coach, only five PL teams have picked up more points than them.
But their away form is nothing to write home about as they’re yet to win an away fixture under Dyche and it could prove to be their achilles heel, considering that since the start of last season Everton have earned fewer points on the road than any other team in the EPL.
A 29-year unbeaten home run against Everton, which is also the longest in Chelsea’s history, is a record that Potter would be keen protect on Saturday evening, with the Toffees failing to win in 27 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge and at risk of being dragged deeper into relegation trouble by making that 28 here.
Style Of Play
Chelsea will definitely be playing the 3-4-3 formation that Potter has now come to trust. It gives Enzo Fernandez all the room to dictate the pace of the game in the midfield as he helps out in the offensive and defensive phase of the game. Out wide, they try to create an overload with their full-backs tasked with helping the attack while not neglecting their defensive duties.
They attack in numbers with constant movements to confuse their opponents. For Everton, the 4-5-1 is the ideal formation to help them remain compact at the back while trying to launch their own counter-attack when in possession. The formation can in reality look like 4-3-2-1 with three central midfielders to help the defense and a roving forward to keep the opponent defense on their toes.
In their last 20 games played across all competitions, Chelsea have a paltry 6 wins, 4 draws and 10 losses. Everton on their own have similar records in the same number of games with 6 wins, 3 draws and 11 losses in 20 games.
Head To Head
In their last 20 games played against each in the English Premier League, Chelsea have 9 wins while Everton have 7 wins with 4 ending in a draw. Last season, the two teams won each of their home fixtures while Chelsea won the first leg this season away from home and have the chance to do a double over the Toffees.
Players To Watch
Kai Havertz and Enzo Fernandez will have the responsibility of coming good for Chelsea and they’ve been doing that in their most recent matches. For Everton, they will be looking to Jordan Pickford in goal to keep out Chelsea.
Injuries And Suspensions
The Blues will be missing Cesar Azpiliqueta, Thiago Silva and Armando Broja through injury. The likes of P. Aubameyang, James Reece, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Edouard Mendy and Ngolo Kante all remain doubtful for the home side. For Everton, they will be missing A. Townsend through injury while N. Patterson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin remain in doubt.
Chelsea seems to be on a resurgence and they should easily win this one but they will have to be wary of the threat from the Toffees who are trying to escape relegation themselves (3-1) in favor of Chelsea.
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