Chelsea vs Everton: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
Last season saw Everton thrashed by Chelsea on two occasions with an aggregate score of 8-0 to the London side and Ronald Koeman knows that such a result this time around would be unacceptable. The Toffees have only won twice at Stamford Bridge since the turn of the century but will be looking to make that three on Sunday afternoon against a Chelsea side which is still far from convincing.
Last weekend saw Chelsea secure a much needed win over London rivals Tottenham. That 2-1 victory gave them an impressive three points at Wembley after a nightmare start saw them beaten by Burnley on the opening day with nine men after Community Shield defeat on penalties against Arsenal.
Everton secured a spot in the Europa League group stages on Thursday night with a draw against Hajduk Split, having beaten them comfortably in the first leg at Goodison Park. An opening day win over Stoke was followed up by a draw against the ten men of Manchester City, despite looking like it could have been a win for much of the game.
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Antonio Conte is likely to revert to his tried and trusted 3-4-3 formation despite the success of 3-5-2 last weekend against Tottenham. Cesc Fabregas is also likely to replace Tiemoue Bakayoko who was rushed back before being fully fit.
The suspension of Morgan Schneiderlin will mean that Tom Davies drops deeper, with Ronald Koeman likely to repeat the 3-4-3 shape that earned a point at the Etihad. Gylfi Sigurdsson could step in for his Premier League debut for the club.
Gary Cahill will continue to serve a three game ban for seeing red against Burnley on the opening day but midfielder Cesc Fabregas will return. Defender Baba Rahman is the only player to miss out through injury.
Everton have a suspension of their own for Morgan Schneiderlin after he saw red against Manchester City. This tie is likely to come just a little too soon for Davy Klaassen, who has overcome a foot injury, and James McCarthy who is back in action after a knee problem. Long term injuries still keep the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and Ramiro Funes Mori out.
Match prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Everton
Chelsea will be looking to get together a run of good form, particularly at home. However, a confident Everton side won’t be easy to beat and if they can score against a makeshift defence then don’t rule them out.