Everton – Chelsea (Premier League)
Everton and Chelsea will measure forces this Sunday, at Goodison Park (Liverpool), in a very exciting match for the 35th round of the Premier League. Everton arrive here unmotivated after a 0-0 away draw against West Ham, failing to reach the Premier League top five. Chelsea, on their turn, arrive here full of confidence after a 4-2 home win against Southampton, assuring the 1st place in the league.
Everton hold the 7th place in the Premier League table with 58 points, which comes from 16 victories, 10 draws and 8 defeats, with 60 goals scored and 37 goals conceded. The team has been presenting mixed results, since in their last 5 official matches, in this competition, they have won 2, drew 2 and lost the other one. This sequence of results started with a 3-1 away loss against Liverpool, that was followed by a 1-1 away draw against Manchester United, a 4-2 home win against Leicester, a 3-1 home win against Burnley, and as mentioned before a 0-0 away draw against West Ham.
At home in the Premier league, so far, the team has played 17 matches: won 12, drew 4 and lost 1, that is, they have been making good use of the home advantage, since they have won their last 8 home matches. In addition, they have scored consistently: they have 41 goals scored and 13 conceded. It’s at home that this group led by Ronald Koeman is stronger and has better performances.
Bolasie, Coleman, Funes Mori Lennon and McCarthy are out due to injury. Besic is a huge doubt.
Probable Lineup: Robles – Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines – Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies – Barkley, Lukaku, Mirallas.
Chelsea, on their turn, are in 1st place in the Premier League table with 78 points, which comes from 25 victories, 3 draws and 5 defeats, with 69 goals scored and 29 goals conceded in the process. Lately, the team has been presenting mixed results, since in their last 6 official matches, in this competition, they have won 3 and lost the other 2. This sequence of results started with a 1-2 home loss against Crystal Palace, that was followed by a 2-1 home win against Manchester City, a 1-3 away win against Bournemouth, a 2-0 away loss against Manchester United and as mentioned before a 4-2 home win against Southampton. In addition, they have scored in 91% of their Premier league matches.
Away from home, in this competition, so far, the team has played 17 matches: won 11, drew 3 and lost 3, that is, they have been showing some really good results out of theirs domains. In addition, they have scored consistently: they have 26 goals scored and just 16 conceded.
Antonio Conte’s team will present an offensive proposal, since they have to keep winning win order to become Premier League champions.
All Players are fit to this clash.
Probable Lineup: Courtois – Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill – Moses, Fàbregas, Kanté, Alonso – Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard.
Both teams have a very offensive football, since they have scored consistently. This match will probably be full of intensity from start to finish, and perhaps the home advantage will play an important role as it did in their last 5 clashes.