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Dec 7, 2019 at 12.30pm UK
Everton
3-1
Chelsea
Richarlison (5'), Calvert-Lewin (49', 84')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Kovacic (52')
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Preview: Everton vs. Chelsea - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday's Premier League fixture between Everton and Chelsea.
By , Senior Reporter | 1mo

Chelsea make the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton having strengthened their grip of fourth position with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, with Wednesday night's 5-2 defeat to Liverpool seeing the club drop into the relegation zone, Everton have decided to part ways with Marco Silva, replacing the Portuguese with Duncan Ferguson on a caretaker basis.


Everton


After losing nine of their opening 15 Premier League fixtures of the season, Everton announced on Thursday night that they had removed Silva from his position in the dugout.

While the Toffees had their moments against neighbours Liverpool earlier this week, the manner of the defeat ultimately led to the majority of the club's hierarchy feeling that a change was required if they are going to make headway up the table.

There will be those who feel a degree of sympathy for Silva, who watched his team suffer a last-gasp defeat to Leicester City at the weekend and miss out on earning what appeared to be a clear spot kick when 2-1 down to Liverpool.

Nevertheless, despite putting together a talented squad at Goodison Park, the 42-year-old makes his exit having lost as many games as he has won, something which has understandably been regarded as unacceptable given the club's financial outlay over the past 18 months.

Club legend Ferguson must now find a way to unite and motivate a squad which is lacking confidence at the back, although the opportunity to take on a Chelsea side who have also been shipping goals at the other end has arguably come at the right time.

Fresh off the back of agreeing a new long-term contract, Richarlison has netted in his last two appearances to take his tally to five for the season, and Ferguson will be relying on the Brazil international to build on his recent streak.

However, becoming more solid in defence and midfield will be the Scot's top priority, with just one clean sheet coming in 13 matches and nine goals being shipped in their three most recent fixtures.

Should Everton achieve their goal of shutting out this Chelsea attack, it may act as the catalyst that they have been looking for as they look to avoid any sort of a relegation battle.

Recent form: LDWLLL
Recent form (all competitions): WDWLLL


Chelsea


After witnessing his players under-perform against West Ham United at the weekend, Frank Lampard may have had concerns about the mentality of his young team ahead of an important run of fixtures.

However, despite the narrow margin of victory, Chelsea looked somewhere close to their best against Villa on Wednesday night as they maintained their six-point advantage over their rivals for a top-four spot.

Lampard was quick to allude to the Blues wasting numerous opportunities to put the result beyond any doubt heading into the closing stages, while the backline are still conceding too many chances to the opposition.

Nevertheless, Chelsea have now recorded 21 points from their last nine outings in the top flight, form which is on par with what second-placed Leicester City have produced all season.

Lampard's immediate task is to find a way of achieving a result at a ground which has not always been kind to Chelsea, ahead of attempting to claim the three points which they require against Lille to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

The return of Tammy Abraham ahead of the upcoming double-header is a major plus for Lampard, with the academy graduate having now contributed 11 goals and three assists in the Premier League this season.

While Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are quality deputies to the England international, Chelsea look more fluid with the youngster in the side, something which plays into the favour of the creative players around him.

The involvement of Abraham led to Mason Mount ending a two-month wait for a goal on Wednesday night, and the playmaker will be hoping to build on his performance against the Villans with Ross Barkley now closing in on a return after a seven-week layoff.

Recent form: WWWLLW
Recent form (all competitions): DWLDLW


Team News


After being sidelined through an ankle injury and illness, Barkley will hope to feature in the squad versus his former side.

With Tuesday's Champions League fixture with Lille in mind, Lampard may make several alterations, with Emerson Palmieri, Jorginho and Callum Hudson-Odoi in contention to be handed a recall.

Each of Reece James, Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic could drop down to the substitutes' bench after a run of games in the starting lineup.

Providing that he has recovered from injury, Seamus Coleman will replace Djibril Sidibe at right-back, with Ferguson almost certainly switching to a back four.

In a bid to tighten things up in midfield, Morgan Schneiderlin could come into the team, although Gylfi Sigurdsson is expected to feature further forward rather than be dropped to the bench.

With Bernard having impressed as a substitute against Liverpool, Richarlison may be handed more freedom in a role down the middle.

Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Schneiderlin, Davies; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Palmieri; Jorginho, Kante; Willian, Mount, Hudson-Odoi; Abraham


Head To Head

Saturday's fixture will represent the 184th competitive meeting between the two clubs, with Chelsea registering 72 wins in comparison to 55 victories for Everton.

However, the Merseyside outfit are currently on a three-match unbeaten streak against the Blues, with two goalless draws being followed by a 2-0 success in March.

Chelsea last prevailed at Goodison Park in April 2017 as Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian all got on the scoresheet in a 3-0 win.



We say: Everton 2-2 Chelsea

Chelsea supporters have gotten used to their team being involved in entertaining matches this season, and we see no reason why it should be any different this weekend. However, while the visitors will feel that they should be taking advantage of Everton's current situation, we are backing the Toffees to claim a share of the spoils.


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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23221054153967
2Manchester CityMan City24163565273851
3Leicester CityLeicester24153652242848
4Chelsea2412484132940
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd249783629734
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs249783832634
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2481063532334
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd248972523233
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Burnley2493122838-1030
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2486102436-1230
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2365122738-1123
18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford2458112136-1523
20Norwich CityNorwich2445152447-2317
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