Everton are looking to avoid three successive home Premier League (PL) defeats for the first time since the start of 2008/09. However, they have just one win across their previous seven league matches (W1, D2, L4), conceding 2+ goals in five of those matches, and going without a PL clean sheet since their opening day win away at Tottenham.
Despite their defensive woes, the ‘Toffees’ have illustrated themselves as one of the better attacking sides, and their goal average of 1.82 per game can be bettered by just seven other PL teams. In their most recent matches, they’ve been most dangerous before half-time, netting each of their previous five PL goals in this half of the match.
Chelsea travel to Goodison Park full of confidence having won four (D1) of their past five PL matches. Additionally, no PL side is on a longer active unbeaten run than the Blues (W5, D4). Usually wasting no time, Chelsea have scored their first goal of the game before the 30th minute In four of their previous five PL matches.
Visiting manager Frank Lampard has lost only one of his six touchline meetings with former coaches – W1, D/L0 (vs Carlo Ancelotti) and W3, D1, L1 (vs Jose Mourinho). His club are without a win at Everton in three visits though (D1, L2), conceding a goal after the 70th minute in both of their two most recent matches there.
Everton 1-2 Chelsea