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CHELSEA VS EVERTON PREVIEW: PROBABLE LINEUPS, PREDICTION, TACTICS, TEAM NEWS & KEY STATS – When Chelsea hosts Everton at Stamford Bridge today, they will be looking to keep up with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

The Premier League’s games are still coming thick and fast, with Gameweek 17 of the 2021/22 season due to conclude today. Chelsea and Everton will meet at Stamford Bridge in the highlight match of the latest round of matches.


The Chelsea juggernaut continues to roll forward under Thomas Tuchel, with the Blues regarded as one of Europe’s most dangerous sides. The west Londoners, on the other hand, have struggled in recent weeks, conceding a slew of cheap goals and dropping a slew of points. Chelsea, on the other hand, won a hard-fought match against Leeds United this past weekend.

Everton’s difficulties under Rafael Benitez, on the other hand, show no indications of abating. The win over Arsenal, which broke an eight-match losing streak, appears to have been a fluke, as Crystal Palace crushed the Toffees 3-1 at Selhurst Park last weekend. As a result, the pressure on the former Chelsea manager is increasing.

Last season, Chelsea beat Everton 2-0 thanks to an own goal by Ben Godfrey and a penalty by Jorginho in the same match. The Hard Tackle examines the matchup before the most recent meeting between the two teams.


● Chelsea

On the team news front, Thomas Tuchel has received a double boost ahead of Everton’s arrival. As a result, the Chelsea manager will only be without the services of two first-team players on Thursday.

The good news is that Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring) and N’Golo Kante (knee) have both recovered from their injuries and will be in contention to start against Everton on the bench. Tuchel is now missing Ben Chilwell (knee) and Mateo Kovacic (COVID-19), the latter of whom has already begun light training.

In Chilwell’s absence, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will use Marcos Alonso as a left wing-back, with Reece James a certainty on the right flank. Chelsea’s return of N’Golo Kante is a significant plus, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho will be in the middle of the park on Thursday.

Thiago Silva is expected to be rested, giving Cesar Azpilicueta an unusual start at the back. In the center defensive unit, Azpilicueta will be joined by Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, with Edouard Mendy taking his spot between the sticks.

On the other end of the field, Romelu Lukaku is expected to lead Chelsea’s attack on Thursday. Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic are likely to back up the former Everton striker, with Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the bench.

Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, (CHELSEA VS EVERTON PREVIEW)

 ● Everton

Rafael Benitez, unlike his Chelsea counterpart, has been dealt a huge blow ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge. Everton boss Ronald Koeman might be without as many as eight first-team players on Thursday.

Richarlison is the latest Toffees player to miss out due to a calf injury that will keep him out for a few weeks. Due to a fractured foot, Andros Townsend is also out, joining Lucas Digne (illness), Yerry Mina (calf), Tom Davies (knee), and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (hamstring) on the sidelines.

Benitez is also concerned about the fitness of Seamus Coleman and Allan, despite the fact that both are certain to start against Chelsea. Coleman will be joined in the Everton backline by Michael Keane, Mason Holgate, and Ben Godfrey, who will shield Jordan Pickford in goal.

Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure will seek to keep their midfield compact and limit Mason Mount’s contribution. Due to the plethora of Everton strikers on the sidelines, Alex Iwobi and Anthony Gordon have emerged as certainties on the flanks. Demarai Gray and Salomon Rondon, likewise, are automatic selections, with the former bearing the burden of delivering in the last third.

Probable Lineup (4-4-1-1): Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey; Iwobi, Doucoure, Allan, Gordon; Gray; Rondon


Key Stats

  • Chelsea have won 15 of their past 26 Premier League home games against Everton (D11).
  • Chelsea have surrendered nine goals in their previous four games across all competitions, equaling their total from the first 21 games of the season.
  • Everton has lost four successive league games on the road and is winless in their last six away matches. The last time the Toffees lost five games in a row on the road in the Premier League was in March of 2018.
  • Romelu Lukaku, Everton’s all-time Premier League goalscorer, has only scored once in five games against them in the tournament.
  • Without Richarlison, Everton has won only two of their last 16 Premier League games, drawing six and losing eight.

Player to Keep an Eye On – Romelu Lukaku 

Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea has not gone as planned, with an ankle injury threatening to spoil his season. Thomas Tuchel has been hesitant to give the ex-Everton attacker many starts since he has yet to achieve full fitness and sharpness.

Lukaku, on the other hand, will welcome the chance to face his former club, having tortured them during his time at Manchester United. And if he can deliver in front of goal, the Belgian giant could be motivated to embark on the comeback route he has been anticipating since his injury. Lukaku is in for a massive game.

Prediction – Chelsea 2-0 Everton

When Chelsea and Everton play each other, fireworks are usually expected. On Thursday, though, that is unlikely to be the case, with Rafael Benitez preparing his team to withstand the pressure of Chelsea’s onslaught while also trying to finish the game professionally despite the absence of numerous key players.

Thomas Tuchel and his team, on the other hand, may have other plans, with the in-form Mason Mount set to inspire yet another important victory. As a result, expect Chelsea to win another hard-fought game to keep up with Manchester City, who thrashed Leeds United on Tuesday. Chelsea will win 2-0, according to The Hard Tackle.


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