Everton vs. Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Possible Lineups, Kick-off time, and Prediction

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Frank Lampard’s Everton prepares for battle against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday, desperate to win one over his previous team to help his current side’s survival attempt.

Everton vs. Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Possible Lineups, Kick-off time, and Prediction

The Toffees lost 2-0 to Merseyside rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby last weekend, while the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United in midweek.

Match preview

Keeping Liverpool at bay for nearly an hour at Anfield is no easy task, but Jurgen Klopp’s side’s continuous pressure was eventually rewarded in the Merseyside derby, as Everton’s relegation fears grew after a 2-0 setback last weekend.

Everton’s survival fate is theoretically still in their own hands coming into the last straight, after Andy Robertson and Toffees adversary Divock Origi came up with the goods in the second 45 to leave them below the dotted line.

While Lampard’s side is currently 18th, they are only two points behind Burnley with a game in hand, though the Clarets’ relegation six-pointer with dismal Watford on Saturday might potentially widen that margin to five.

Everton, who are the Premier League’s worst away team this season, will relish a return to Goodison Park, where they have collected seven of the last nine points on offer in recent games with Newcastle United, Manchester United, and Leicester City.

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Everton won 3-1 at home to Chelsea in December 2019, the last time they started a Premier League game in the relegation zone, and Lampard has all the motivation he needs to sink the team that praised him as a player but let him go as a manager.

Chelsea’s journey to Manchester United provided as a backdrop to the British teams competing in European semi-finals on Thursday night, with Thomas Tuchel’s side dominating the Red Devils and taking a merited lead through Marcos Alonso in the second half.

However, not long after Alonso’s exquisite opening, the Blues were undone by Cristiano Ronaldo’s right foot, and their inability to collect all three points from their game in hand means that their place in the top three is far from assured.

Everton vs. Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Possible Lineups, Kick-off time, and Prediction

Chelsea now have a six-point lead over Arsenal in the race for third place, and they have relatively easy fixtures ahead of them against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United, Leicester City, and Watford, so securing a straightforward route into the Champions League would be a satisfying end to a tumultuous season on and off the field.

Chelsea missed out on the chance to win 10 games in a row away from home in all competitions by failing to take all three points from Old Trafford, but only Manchester City have performed better on the road in the Premier League this season, and the Blues do not want to start looking over their shoulders at this stage of the season.

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Chelsea had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge in December, and the Toffees have won each of their past three home matches against the Blues, and a fourth in a row would go a long way toward guaranteeing their Premier League status.

Team News

Lampard is dealing with a long list of Everton absentees at the worst possible time, with Donny van de Beek, Andre Gomes, and Ben Godfrey all remaining out, with the latter facing a season-ending injury.

Yerry Mina and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be available for the Toffees boss, but he will be missing Andros Townsend, Nathan Patterson, and Tom Davies for the visit of his former team.

In the defeat to Liverpool, Allan managed only two passes, and Fabian Delph is sure to push the Brazilian for his place in the midfield following that humiliating performance.

Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Mateo Kovacic are all still out due to injury, while Ross Barkley and Andreas Christensen were both missed from the 2-2 draw with Manchester United due to illness.

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Barkley is unlikely to play against his former club, but Christensen, who has been out with a stomach illness, might return to help Tuchel’s defensive options after Reece James and Antonio Rudiger both made comebacks at Old Trafford.

Everton vs. Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Possible Lineups, Kick-off time, and Prediction

Romelu Lukaku is also expected to be relegated to the bench against his former club, however Christian Pulisic is still pushing for a starting spot over Timo Werner.

Possible Lineups

Everton possible starting lineup: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Mykolenko; Delph, Doucoure, Iwobi; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Gordon

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Havertz

Kick-off time

Everton vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 2pm BST kick-off on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Prediction

1:3

Everton has recently won a slew of games against Chelsea at Goodison Park, and they’ve also proven to be a tough nut to crack at home – all of which appear to be the right components for Lampard’s recipe for success against his former side.

While the Toffees will put up a good fight in their bid to stay in the Premier League, Chelsea should have taken more than one point from their match against Man United and should have no issue keeping out their forthcoming opponents on Sunday afternoon.

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