2020-21 Premier League: Week 12 – Everton vs Chelsea

Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park in front of 2000 fans in Saturday Night Football in the Premier League.

Depending on results earlier in weekend, Everton could climb to fifth with victory whilst Chelsea will temporarily go top with a win.

 

Team News

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Seamus Coleman is set to return for Everton after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Robin Olsen (undisclosed) and James Rodriguez (knock) could also feature but Jean-Phillipe Gbamin (fitness), Lucas Digne (ankle) plus Fabian Delph (hamstring) are ruled out.

Chelsea remain without Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi due to hamstring injuries.

 

Stat Attack

  • Everton have lost one of their last five meetings against Chelsea (W2, D2, L1).
  • Chelsea have won one of their last five league trips to Goodison Park (W1, D1, L3).
  • Richarlison has scored once in each of Everton’s last two home matches against Chelsea, with both of the Brazilian’s goals coming before half-time.
  • 52.38% of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 21 shots in the league this season have been converted into goals, with the forward scoring on 11 occasions for Everton.
  • No Chelsea player has lost more aerial battles so far this season than Tammy Abraham who has lost 14 aerial fights in 10 league appearances.

 

Prediction

Although Everton’s early season form has fallen away, they did produce a solid fightback to get a draw away at Burnley who really pushed them throughout even when the Toffees were on top and dominating the match.

Chelsea meanwhile made a slow start but were clinical with their chances although several shots ended up going begging, which is a worry coming into a match like this against Everton who will push any team hard and potentially pounce on chances that fall their way.

Throw in Everton’s recent strong form both overall and at home against Chelsea then a draw would be a decent bet but Frank Lampard rung the changes in midweek against Krasnodar, so I reckon they might just edge this encounter.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Chelsea

Result: Everton 1-0 Chelsea

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