Chelsea will hope to beat Everton and sustain the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League title battle despite a reduced squad due to at least four positive Covid-19 tests.
The Blues’ already difficult match has been even more difficult in the previous 24 hours, with at least four players of Thomas Tuchel’s team testing positive for Covid-19.
The positive instances were returned yesterday, according to Futbolnews.com, and the first-team squad was re-tested today afternoon upon arrival at their hotel near Stamford Bridge.
Despite the Covid cases, Chelsea will play under the lights at Stamford Bridge to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League title chase.
Tuchel is also without Ben Chilwell (knee) and Mateo Kovacic (Covid isolation) for tonight’s game, while Trevoh Chalobah and N’Golo Kante have returned from injury.
Everton, who have struggled recently under Rafa Benitez, will be without strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, and Andros Townsend, defenders Seamus Coleman and Yerry Mina, and midfield mainstay Allan due to injuries.
Reece James surges behind the Everton defence and is picked out by Jorginho. The wing-back is one-on-one with Jordan Pickford and puts his effort wide.
Chelsea looked threatening in the opening ten minutes. Mason Mount follows James in flashing a shot narrowly wide of the post.
Chances mounting up for Chelsea now. Lovely skill from Ziyech to get free down the left and his cross is flicked towards goal by Pulisic. However, Pickford is ready and saves.
Clearance falls at the feet of Pulisic. He feeds Ziyech whose shot is pushed clear by Pickford. Feels only a matter of time for Chelsea.
Reece James whips a free-kick towards the corner but Pickford pushes clear. Ziyech curls in a cross after collecting the rebound and Jorginho doesn’t get enough contact on his shot to beat the Everton goalkeeper.
Chelsea have been completely dominating in this match, how they arent ahead by after 30 minutes is still a surprise because the ball has literally been played in Everton’s half all evening.
Rudiger and Mount exchanged some lovely passes to get the academy graduate in on goal but, eight yards, he is denied by Pickford.
There was a lot to enjoy in Chelsea’s first-half performance, but Thomas Tuchel will undoubtedly be disappointed that his team isn’t ahead.
Reece James, Mason Mount, and Hakim Ziyech have all had great chances, but Jordan Pickford’s goalkeeping has kept the game close.
Mount lines up a long-range shot that is destined for the bottom corner. Pickford, on the other hand, is back.
Loftus-Cheek approaches from the resulting corner.
Loftus-Cheek and Alonso go off. On with Saul and Barkley.
England midfielder Mason Mount gave the hosts a deserved lead in the 70th minute with a calm finish past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford following Reece James’ pass.
Everton leveled four minutes later when 19-year-old defender Jarrad Branthwaite converted Anthony Gordon’s free-kick at the back post in his first league game of the season.
Silva heads a Chelsea corner towards the bottom corner, but Pickford somehow manages to stop it.
From the next corner, he dismisses Rudiger.
Thomas Tuchel isn’t going to be pleased with himself.
Everton manages to escape with a point despite a slew of injuries. Chelsea is simply not clinical enough in the final third without key players.
Isn’t that something we’ve heard before?
Chelsea blew a chance to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to two points with a brilliant point at Stamford Bridge from a depleted Everton team.