Everton (10-7-13) vs. Chelsea (17-6-6)
Premier League: Sunday 03-17-2019 at 16:30 UST (Goodison Park)
Odds: Everton: 4.00, Draw: 3.80, Chelsea: 1.95
Premier League Picks Everton vs. Chelsea
Everton welcomes Chelsea at Goodison Park in one of this weekend’s rare Premier League games. The Toffees haven’t been on good form recently as they lost four of their last seven games. Additionally, they haven’t won at home since the 13th of January, 2-0 against Bournemouth. Everton’s limitations aren’t really on offence or defence but more so in their incapacity to excel in either of those facets of play. For instance, they rank eighth on offence and tenth defensively – in terms of goals scored and conceded respectively. Additionally, the Toffees only have three players who crossed the threshold of five goals this season. This does show the play-making difficulties of this team, which has been fairly disappointing considering their summer activity. Marco Silva’s team probably doesn’t have the talent or confidence to upset Chelsea on Sunday.
Chelsea have successfully re-built their confidence since a difficult beginning of the year. The Blues have convincingly qualified for the Europa league quarterfinals by dominating Dynamo Kyiv. Indeed, on aggregate the Londoners have won 8-0 with an impressive 5-0 away on Thursday. Additionally, Chelsea haven’t lost over 90 minutes since the 18th of February. The key to the Blues’ recent success is probably their defensive system. Indeed, the team seems to have corrected the flaws which caused them to lose by four to bournemouth or six to Manchester City. As a result, Chelsea has conceded only two goals in their last seven games. It seems unlikely that Everton will manage to break down the Blues’ block.
Marco Silva will have to devise his usual 4-2-3-1 without Zouma as the defender cannot play against his parent club. The defensive line protecting Pickford’s goals will therefore probably be composed of Coleman, Keane, Jagielka and Lucas Digne. Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes is probably the Toffee’s most technical midfielder going forward. However, against Chelsea, Everton will need to rely on a player that offers more defensive guarantees. It is probable that Schneiderlin and Gueye start at the heart of the pitch, like against Liverpool. Sigurdsson should take his place as CAM with two of the following three on his wings: Walcott, Bernard or Richarlison. Walcott and Richarlison offer more pace in transition but Bernard’s vista is dangerous for any opposing defenders. Marco Silva doesn’t seem to have a preferred choice out of the three forwards. His selection will depend on Everton’s ambition for the match. It is however more than likely that the player left on the bench will have a cameo appearance in the second half. Finally, Calvert-Lewin should start as the offence focal point and will hope to add to his six goals tally.
Chelsea’s team will probably look a lot like the team that faced Wolverhampton last week. The Blues will probably start in Sarri’s preferred 4-3-3. Rüdiger will probably start alongside David Luiz as centre-backs. Azpilicueta and Emerson are most likely the starting full-backs, especially since Marcos Alonso played on Thursday. N’Golo Kanté started the match against Kyiv but played only an hour and should start again on Sunday. The World Champion should have to his side Jorginho and Barkley as Kovacic played 90 minutes in Ukraine. Finally, Higuain, Hazard and Pedro will probably re-take their starting line-up spots.
Premier League Schedule Chelsea vs. Everton
Chelsea seems to be better armed to win this match. The Blues are full of confidence and play against a team without ambition for the rest of the season. Additionally, Goodison Park hasn’t played its magic for the Everton players as of late. I see Chelsea convincingly winning 2-0 against Everton on Sunday.
PICK: Everton 0-2 Chelsea