Everton goes up against Chelsea for the first of the day in Matchday 16 of the Premier League. They do so under the guidance of Duncan Ferguson.
No mourning over the loss of Marco Silva, who was recently released of duties as the manager of Everton. Due to the busy festive period, there is no time to reflect on the losses and now time to focus on their first test.
The EPL script is one only the footballing gods can write out. For some reason, the team who has just endured a significant parting must now play the first fixture of the day. This was the case for Jose Mourinho after just taking over from Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, and now with Everton and Duncan Ferguson.
Everton must try to outscore Chelsea
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Everton can make it back-to-back wins at Goodison today. They won’t do it by keeping Chelsea’s attacking threat at bay. No, they will have to just use their firepower.
Take from the two goals scored midweek in a derby they were nowhere near to winning and build on it. They’ve scored in five of the last six games. There was only one game where they drew a blank. Other than this, they’ve only managed one clean sheet in the last 10 games.
Nothing deems them fit enough to keep a Tammy led attack from scoring. But they can score against a side unable to keep a clean sheet themselves.
Chelsea has a lift
Recently announced, Chelsea’s transfer ban has been halved, allowing them to make transfers during the January transfer window. Other than the moral boost around Stamford Bridge, the results have been lacking in recent weeks.
Yes, Frank Lampard and Chelsea managed to get a midweek victory. However, afore that a two-game losing streak was on the stat card. Counting against the Blues from the Bridge, they come to Merseyside unable to keep a clean sheet in their past three EPL fixtures.
Frank can either kick a dog when he’s down in this one. Or, suffer to a rejuvenated side. Depending on what Chelsea side shows up, will determine if they leave here with two wins in as many. Or they could leave as the first top-six side Everton beats this season.