Everton have a tough test later today when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – Carlo Ancelotti’s men will be hoping that VAR does not rain on the parade again, with the Italian aiming for a European spot.
Last time out in the Premier League, a mistake from David de Gea that was forced from a clever piece of closing down from in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin saw Everton almost claim a 1-0 win against Manchester United. Calvert-Lewin will be looking towards improving his best ever goal tally in the league even further against Chelsea, who have struggled for results this season at their home ground.
So, how will Everton lineup against Chelsea?
Calvert-Lewin has been in fine form this season, and Gareth Southgate will more than likely have his eye on the Everton striker. He has scored 13 goals in the league this season and has averaged 2.5 shots per game in the process [WhoScored]. His Brazilian strike partner also boasts 10 goals this season in the Premier League, with an average match rating of 7.35/10 from 26 games [according to WhoScored].
The midfield four will likely see the inclusion of Bernard in place of Theo Walcott who was injured in the game against United last week. The Brazilian winger has only averaged 1.1 key passes per game [WhoScored] – and Ancelotti will be expecting him to make the step up.
Tom Davies and Andre Gomes should retain their places after an improved performance in Everton’s midfield against the Red Devils. The Englishman has averaged 1.4 interceptions from 14 starts this season [WhoScored]. Meanwhile, Gomes has an average of 1.5 dribbles per game from 10 games this season and will be Everton’s best chance of carrying the ball through the weakened midfield of Chelsea [WhoScored].
The introductions of Sidibe for Coleman will most certainly occur, as the Irishman picked up and injury against United and was forced off in the 28th minute. This game could also see Holgate come out for Mina, as the Columbian holds more of a physical presence in defence at 6’5″– this will prove paramount if Chelsea opt to start Olivier Giroud.
Keane may keep his place, though Baines could lose his, with Sky Sports reporting that Lucas Digne should be available. The Frenchman has averaged 2.3 key passes per game this season, as well as registering 5 assists for the Toffees [WhoScored].
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