Everton are in shambles and there is no other way to explain it, after failing to win 5 straight games, and only 2 wins in the Premier League, manager Ronald Koeman had to go. Everton had spent a lot of money in the off-season to strengthen the squad with reinforcements like Rooney, Sandro, Klaasen, Sigurdsson, Pickford and Keane coming in that was supposed to give them a boost to play and try to win all competitions. While they struggled initially to find the goals, Wayne Rooney has found is rhythm slowly while Niasse has been a high impact player of the bench in this regard. Defensively, it has been horrible for them conceding in 12 out of their last 13 games in all competitions. The situation they face implies there will be goals among these sides as Everton players aim to show their worth while interim manager Unsworth will be trying out for the hot-seat himself.
Antonio Conte could have found himself in crisis mode this week after going down 2-1 against Watford despite having the early lead until Batshuayi came on as a late sub and roared them back into life with a 4-2 victory. His reward for the win should be a starting spot in tonight’s game along with players like Kennedy, Caballero, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Rudiger who would all be looking to impress the manager for a regular starting spot in the team. Conte’s struggles have also come at the back where they have conceded goals in 6 out of their last 7 games in all competitions; and with Caballero taking the spot between the sticks and with a defense that will be not the same as their starting XI; expect some struggles in the team getting to understand each other.
This game should be a quick paced one with Chelsea looking to take advantage of the struggles that Everton are facing, so I am expecting over 2.5 goals to be scored in this encounter like it was in the matchup between these 2 teams two months ago.
Over 2.5 Goals