Chelsea will look to return to winning ways when they travel to Merseyside to take on Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
The West Londoners are still 11 points off the top-four, while the Toffees are sitting on the edge of the drop zone.
Everton received a massive psychological boost in their survival bid when they stunned top-four contenders Newcastle United by beating them 3-0 on Thursday.
If not for the 10-point deduction, they would have been comfortably sitting in the middle of the table. But still, their recent performances suggest they can survive in the English top-flight.
Following their 1-0 success over Nottingham Forest, Sean Dyche’s men also claimed victory against Newcastle to climb out of the drop zone.
The Goodison Park encounter saw them spurning several good scoring opportunities before Dwight McNeil, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Beto scored to seal their sixth win of the season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will enter the upcoming Premier League clash on the back of a frustrating 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.
Apart from the excellent display of Cole Palmer, there weren’t a lot of positives to take for the Blues.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder restored parity on the stroke of half-time with a wonderful finish after Scott McTominay’s opening goal.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s men had to return empty handed after the Scotland international headed home the winner in the second-half.
That was their sixth defeat from 15 league matches, which has kept them in 10th position with just 19 points.
After the disappointing 12th place finish last term, things were expected to be different in 2023-24 under Pochettino. But so far, that hasn’t been the case at all.
Everton will be without Dele Alli and Andre Gomes as they are still recovering from their fitness problems. Meanwhile, James Garner has picked up an illness and so we are not sure whether he will be involved on Sunday or not.
As for Chelsea, many of their players are currently in the infirmary, including Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah, Malo Gusto, Carney Chukwuemeka, Noni Madueke, and Lesley Ugochukwu.
Everton vs Chelsea potential line-ups
Everton: Pickford; Patterson, Tarkowski, Keane, Mykolenko; Young, Gueye, Doucoure, McNeil; Harrison; Calvert-Lewin
Chelsea: Sanchez; James, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Caicedo, Fernandez; Sterling, Gallagher, Palmer; Jackson
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Everton vs Chelsea prediction
Confidence in the Everton camp is expected to be very high following their latest success against Newcastle. Sean Dyche’s men will also have home advantage on Sunday, but Chelsea should at least be able to salvage a draw due to the quality players in their ranks.
Everton 1-1 Chelsea
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