Chelsea will be hoping to protect its unbeaten run thus far in when the Blues welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge this weekend.
The encounter will be part of an amazing run of Premier League matches scheduled for Super Sunday, ahead of November’s edition of the international break.
The Blues stretched their unbeaten run in the League to eleven games with a thrilling 3-1 win over Crystal Palace last weekend; with the hosts going in front moments after the half-hour mark through Alvaro Morata.
Pedro whipped in a bouncing pass from inside the box, one which his Spanish counterpart controlled before hammering it low and hard past Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
The London derby took an interesting twist eight minutes into the second half when Andros Townsend unflinchingly stabbed the ball into the back of the net for the equalizer, after a brilliant give-and-go with James McArthur sent him clear on goal.
Palace exhibited remnants of the fighting spirit that saw them force a 2-2 with Arsenal a week earlier, but Chelsea restored their lead in the 65th minute trough Morata. Eden Hazard, who was making his return from a slight injury spell on the sidelines, floated in a simple free kick-allowing the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward to acutely stab it in at the back post.
The Eagles’ remarkable recovery powers however didn’t come to play this time round, as Chelsea ran away with the result twenty minutes to stoppage time.
Other than the obvious fact that the win extended their unbeaten run, Maurizio Sarri’s charges leapfrogged Liverpool to second on the log on goal difference after the Reds were held to a one-all draw at Arsenal in an earlier fixture that weekend.
Manchester City still lead the table on 29 points, two points above Chelsea, after the champions whipped Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad last weekend.
Everton bounced back from their loss at Old Trafford to beat Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 at Goodison Park last Saturday. Richarlison’s opener in the 26th minute was canceled out by Lewis Dunk header seven minutes later, but the Toffees proved too much for Brighton who sustained defeat through second half goals by Seamus Coleman and Richarlison.
The brace by the Brazilian was his sixth goal of the current Premier League campaign-a single goal behind in the congested race for the golden boot that has Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all level on seven goals.
Cesc Fabregas is a doubt for the encounter after missing Thursday’s trip to BATE Borisov in the Europa League, whereas Marco Silva could hand English summer signing Yerry Mina his full competitive debut for Everton.
The Colombia international made an appearance from the bench during their win over the Seagulls, and also put up a solid defensive display during Tuesday night’s 4-0 win over Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia in a SportPesa friendly match.
Chelsea vs. Everton betting predictions
It’s left to be seen whether Thursday’s trip to Barysaw will have a ripple effect when Chelsea play host to the Toffees, but one assured thing is that the Blues will be pushing for all three points, with the hope that Manchester City drop points in the Manchester derby.
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Chelsea vs. Everton recent results
Everton 0-0 Chelsea (December 23, 2017)
Chelsea 2-0 Everton (August 27, 2017)
Cesc Fabregas 27’
Alvaro Morata 40’
Everton 0-3 Chelsea (April 30, 2017)
Gary Cahill 79’
Chelsea 5-0 Everton (November 5, 2016)
Eden Hazard 19’, 56’
Marcos Alonso 20’
Diego Costa 42’
Chelsea 3-3 Everton (January 16, 2016)
Diego Costa 64’
Cesc Fabregas 66’
John Terry 90+8’
John Terry 50’ (OG)
Kevin Mirallas 56’
Ramiro Funes Mori 90’
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