Everton vs Chelsea predictions: Toffees can claim another notable scalp
Everton were rocked by their 10-point deduction as it pushed them down to 19th place but they actually headed into the weekend out of the relegation zone following wins over Nottingham Forest and Newcastle.
Sean Dyche’s side will be confident they can make it three victories on the bounce as Chelsea have been struggling defensively of late, which includes a disappointing display in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United in which the scoreline could have been much worse.
Everton are sweating on the fitness of defender Seamus Coleman and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but midfielders James Garner and Amadou Onana are expected to be available to face the Blues.
Midfielder Conor Gallagher is back for Mauricio Pochettino’s side following suspension, but the game is likely to come too soon for both Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia.
Everton have won six of their last 10 Premier League matches, and three of their last four, while they have kept back-to-back against Forest and Newcastle.
Chelsea’s last five league games have all featured at least three goals, but only two have been victories.
Six of Chelsea’s last eight matches have gone over 3.5 goals.
Chelsea have won just two of their last seven league outings.
Both teams have scored in six of Chelsea’s last eight away assignments.
Everton stayed up on the final day of last season with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, but while they have been handicapped by a 10-point deduction, they are looking a lot stronger than they were last term.
It may have been the shock of the scale of the punishment that led to their 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United, but they have been inspired since and should have a good chance of beating Chelsea.
The Londoners still look disjointed as they look to form all of their big-money signings into a cohesive unit and their defensive frailties were in evidence again at Old Trafford in midweek.
The Red Devils also missed a penalty in their 2-1 win, and Pochettino’s side have conceded 12 goals in their last four matches while not keeping a clean sheet in eight outings.
Chelsea were also poor in a 4-1 defeat at Newcastle while they were flattered by a 4-1 win at Tottenham when their hosts played for much of the second half with nine men, so the momentum seems to be with the Toffees and they are taken to claim what would be another crucial win in their battle against the drop.
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