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Huge boost for Everton ahead of Saturday’s Chelsea clash

Everton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side maintain their unbeaten start under new boss Sam Allardyce with a 3-1 victory over struggling Swansea City on Monday night.

63-year-old Allardyce took over at Goodison Park on November 30 following the sacking of Ronald Koeman a month earlier, and he has since made quite the impact by masterminding their rise into the top half of the Premier League table. And the Toffees’ fine run of form continued on Monday as goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Wayne Rooney cancelled out Leroy Fer’s opener for the visitors to secure Allardyce a fourth win in five matches in charge, at the same time moving Everton up to ninth in the division.

Subsequently, there have been several thrilled Evertonians in the Tavern this week, many of whom are eagerly anticipating the visit of champions Chelsea on Saturday, even more so now that Blues striker Alvaro Morata will miss the trip to Merseyside.

The Spain international made the move to Stamford Bridge over the summer and has performed well so far this season, netting 11 goals in just 24 games for Antonio Conte’s side, nine of which have come in their run to third place in the Premier League.

However, the 25-year-old picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in their Carabao Cup success over Bournemouth on Wednesday night, and as such will miss the trip to Everton through suspension.

And this is sure to come as a huge boost to Allardyce and his side, who will hope to continue their fine start under the former England chief at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Landlord’s verdict: Alvaro Morata has made quite an impact since arriving at Chelsea from Real Madrid over the summer, but he will play no part in their clash with Everton on Saturday.

The 25-year-old was cautioned for his celebration of the winning goal against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, thus picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign, and subsequently a one-match suspension.

And this is sure to come as a massive boost to Everton and manager Sam Allardyce, who has yet to lose since being appointed as Toffees boss five games ago, although the Blues will ask the strongest question of that unbeaten streak at Goodison Park on Saturday, even without striker Morata.

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