Everton vs Chelsea: Score Predictions

This Sunday afternoon, Chelsea face Everton at Goodison Park in a game which will be all about Frank Lampard. The former Chelsea player and manager has just a few games now to save his team from relegation and must win against his former side if he is to avoid the drop.

For Chelsea, the match is less important, but Thomas Tuchel will still be looking to avoid the frustration of more dropped points against poor opposition. Everton have been one of the worst teams in the division this season, and although Chelsea have struggled at Goodison Park in the past, they will be favourites to take all three points.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's first goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on December 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on December 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea are unchanged in terms of selection information going into this one. Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic and Chilwell remain injured, while Christensen and Barkley are doubts. Everyone else is fit and ready to play.

Everton on the other hand are without a few big players. Van de Beek, Gomes, Davies, Townsend and Patterson make up the list of injured players who will not be involved, although Calvert-Lewin has been back in training following time out. Yerry Mina should also be available for Frank Lampard.

Chelsea have lost their last three away games to Everton in the Premier League so history suggests this will a tough match. Still, Everton are in a bad place and their heads could drop if they concede. As with most Chelsea games, it will be important to score early and score first if they are to avoid more dropped points.

Ahead of the match, some of the writers at The Chelsea Social have made their match predictions:

Maria Dulce (@usernamedulce)

Facing a desperate Everton team at Goodison Park could not come at the worst time for Chelsea. In their current situation, the Toffees’ have no other choice but to give all they’ve got on the pitch with an attacking mindset and high tempo play. As for the Blues, they will have to finally show up and prove they can turn shots on target into goals.

The draw against Man United was a perfect example of not to do when relying on possession-based plays without a specific plan. Supposedly, Frank Lampard’s side is likely to put up a physical game with tight marking to get a result. For that reason, the best lineup for Thomas Tuchel to go for will be the one that enables the team to gain possession in attacking mistakes from the opposition. With that in mind, N’golo Kante is a must-start to create opportunities for counterattacks, as is Mason Mount, who can link up with the midfield and carry the ball upfront.

Finally, in what will be a complicated game, the Blues must have learned from the Man United match what missed opportunities can cost. Setting an early lead is the best-case scenario for Tuchel’s side and their record at away grounds. Thus, my prediction is Everton 1 – 2 Chelsea.

Up the Chels!

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Chelsea

Vik (@CFCVik)

Away at Goodison Park is always going to tricky, regardless of Everton’s form this season. They’ve struggled so much this season, performing so far below expectations but anything is possible for them at Goodison Park. Lampard will be desperate to get one over us.

I’m going to be at the game, and it will be very interesting to see how our players react after the draw to Manchester United just a couple days ago. Fatigue will kick in and Tuchel will obviously look to rotate. Could see Loftus-Cheek, Ziyech and Lukaku start.

I can see Everton going with a deep block ready to counter with the likes of Richarlison and Gordon. They haven’t really got any other outstanding attacking threats who we should really fear. We haven’t won at Goodison Park since 16/17 so if we are to win then we will need to be really up for it. Disciplined and clinical otherwise we’re going to see what we’ve seen over the years at Goodison Park where we find ourselves struggling against a team that we’re much better then.

I’m not going to worry too much because our away form has been good this season, but this will be a match just as tough as United a few days ago.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Chelsea

Rosy Cobb (@WeKnowWWA)

Frank Lampard is unlikely to be looking forward to the visit of his former club with his current Everton side running out of games to clinch the points they need to fight for Premier League survival.

Chelsea welcomed Mateo Kovacic back to training this week following his injury in the FA Cup semi-final over the Easter weekend and I would expect him to come back into the starting line-up, likely to replace Jorginho, if deemed fit enough. Reece James excelled in an otherwise uninspiring encounter with Manchester United mid-week and will be hoping his teammates can rise to match his level against one of the league’s lowest placed teams.

There can be no sentimentality accorded to the occasion of a first meeting with Lampard since his dismissal, with Arsenal gaining ground on Chelsea, third spot is looking less than certain.

Romelu Lukaku will surely find himself on the bench after another disappointing performance against one of his former clubs and did little to deserve another opportunity against another of his previous employers this time around. Christian Pulisic has looked lively in recent weeks but for me it has to be Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount to start. I’m predicting a 3-0 win, with goals from Havertz and James!

Prediction: Everton 0-3 Chelsea

Harrison Burridge (@hburridge2)

Football and sentimentality are intertwined and for many Chelsea fans on Sunday it will feel unusual to see club legend and ex manager Frank Lampard in charge of the opposing side. It will be the second time that Lampard manages a team against his old club after losing with Derby in the League Cup in 2018.

To the task at hand and current Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been full of praise for his opposing number this week but he will be seeking more consistency in his side’s finishing after that problem reared its head again at Old Trafford on Thursday. Also, he will be desperate to end the ‘hoodoo’ curse at Goodison Park for the Blues as they bid to build momentum ahead of the FA Cup final.

With no change to player’s availability and fitness it is likely to be a similar eleven that started Thursday night and Kai Havertz and Timo Werner will want to rediscover their shooting boots and put a halt to the reliance on the midfield and defence for goals.

Whereas for Everton, they are sliding to their first relegation since 1951 after a run of poor form and their rivals Burnley regaining the performances, we have become accustomed to. Their defence is of particular concern, despite impressive showings against Manchester United and Liverpool, as far too many times individual errors have characterised their performances and cost them valuable points.

However, that fight they showed last weekend at Anfield and the atmosphere the home crowd can create combined with Chelsea’s struggles in different areas of the pitch worry me and feel a draw could well be on the cards.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Chelsea

Written by Chelsea Extra (@CFCExtra)

Edited by Harrison Burridge (@hburridge2)

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