Chelsea vs. Everton MW 17 Preview

The mission continues!

Chelsea take on Everton at Stamford Bridge for MW 17 of the Premier League season. Everton started the season brilliantly under Benitez but have fallen off recently. At the moment Everton have 1 win in their last 10 games which is no where near good enough for Benitez. The pressure is on for the Spaniard and after some brief respite against Arsenal the loss to Palace brought it all back again. Injuries etc have not helped Everton either.

Chelsea go into this game having beaten Leeds 3-2 on Saturday thanks to two penalties. We currently sit 5 points behind Manchester City after they beat Leeds 7-0 on Tuesday night. The race is truly on and Chelsea need to go on a run of wins to bounce back. The game against Leeds wasn’t great but showed plenty of fight from Tuchel and team. Going into this Everton game we need to return to keeping clean sheets which we have not kept for our last 3-4 games. Everton has always been a good fixture for Chelsea to flex some muscles and hopefully we can use this fixture to get some consistency and order back into this team.

Chelsea Team Preview

Chalobah and Kante are back in full training ahead of this fixture which will be great for Tuchel. Kovacic is yet to return from Covid while Chilwell is still out long term. Mendy should remain in goal for this game with a back three of Christensen, Silva, and Rudiger. James, and Alonso should make up the wing back’s with a midfield of Jorginho, and Loftus-Cheek. Up front Mount, Hudson-Odoi, and Lukaku should start. Lukaku has not had a start yet since returning from injury and up against his former club Everton it would be a good return to the starting XI. Everyone knows that Chelsea need to the Belgian to start scoring goals if we want to stay in this title race. Plenty of options on the bench as well and instead of Hudson-Odoi maybe the likes of Werner, Pulisic, Ziyech, or Havertz could start this game. Plenty of options available. Chelsea will have plenty of the ball and with Benitez generally playing on the counter we will need more of our creative players. 

Everton Team Preview

Everton are without Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Townsend, Allan, Coleman, and maybe a few others at this rate. Pickford should be in goal with a back four of Godfrey, Keane, Holgate, and Kenny. Gray, Gomes, Doucoure, Delph, and Iwobi should start in the midfield with Rondon, up front. Gray has been really good for Everton and been in fine form but apart from that there isn’t a lot of quality or depth in this Everton squad at the moment. Richarlison, and Calvert-Lewin have been big misses. Digne has had a problem with Benitez and isn’t being selected. Tough for Benitez at the moment.

Starting XI Prediction

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Chelsea are slowly getting some players back from injury now and the key thing is to gain momentum. Regain those clean sheets and get the likes of Lukaku scoring again. COME ON CHELSEA!!!

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