Chelsea host Everton in the premier league tonight (7:45 pm UK time) as they look to keep up with the pace of the title race alongside Liverpool and Man City.
Everton on the other hand will be hoping to bounce back and try to initiate some rhythm in their already difficult season.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed the return of influential duo Trevoh Chalobah and N’golo Kanté to training and both players will be in the squad to face Everton but Matteo Kovacic is yet to be released from Covid-19 isolation, hence he’s ruled out alongside Ben Chilwell who is nursing an ACL injury.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Lucas Digne are unavailable to play for Everton and Seamus Coleman who has a swollen foot would need a late assessment to determine his involvement while Allan ‘is ready to help the team’ if needed against Chelsea.
Andros Townsend and Richarlison are also ruled out with injuries for Everton.
Chelsea Predicted xi: Mendy; Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta; James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Ziyech
Everton Predicted xi: Pickford; Godfrey, Holgate, Keane, Kenny; Doucoure, Gomes; Gray, Iwobi, Gordon; Rondon
Chelsea head into this one off the back of a hard fought 3-2 win over Leeds on Saturday which was their third win in the last five games as they’ve drawn once and also lost once in this period.
Everton are in a very terrible run of form at the moment. The Tofees have won just one out of their last five games, losing the remaining four.
Head to Head:
Both sides have faced off 58 times in the premier league with Chelsea having the upper hand on most occasions, winning 27 times as against Everton’s 12 wins.
The fixture has also recorded 19 draws in these 58 meetings.
In the last three meetings between both sides, Chelsea have won twice with Everton winning once.
Chelsea are not really at their best at the moment but you could say worse for Everton who have lost four times in their last five premier league games.
Chelsea are in a title race at the moment. Hence, it is expected they get a very much needed three points at home to a poor Everton side.
Chelsea 3-0 Everton