Things aren’t getting any easier for Everton as they host Chelsea in an early kick-off this weekend. Marco Silva was let go after their 5-2 thrashing at the hands of league leaders Liverpool, and Duncan Ferguson will be taking charge of the Toffees for this game.
Chelsea will be looking to ramp up another win following the 2-1 midweek victory against Aston Villa — a result which ended a run of three games without a win for Frank Lampard’s men, including two consecutive Premier League defeats.
Frank Lampard’s men are currently fourth on the league table, three points below defending champions Manchester City, and the Blues boss will be hoping to pile the pressure on Pep Guardiola.
Here are three things to look forward to as Chelsea travel to Everton:
3. Tammy Abraham Back in Firing Form
Tammy Abraham returned to the Chelsea lineup for their Aston Villa game after being sidelined due to injury, and scored. The 22-year-old has made a scintillating start to this season as he finds himself on the Premier League goalscoring charts, with 11 strikes to his name.
Abraham’s played a critical role in Lampard’s Chelsea side, and his absence was felt last weekend when the Blues succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United. His goal and assist against Villa helped them secure the win.
2. New Manager Bounce for Everton?
Everton showed some shades of brilliance against Liverpool, but like they have all season, failed to capitalise on their chances. It will be interesting to see if caretaker manager, Duncan Ferguson can spur them on and help them up from the relegation zone.
Fresh off the back of agreeing a new long-term contract, Richarlison has netted in his last two appearances to take his tally to five for the season. However, Ferguson will be hoping for a more solid defensive performance, for the Toffees have just one clean sheet in their last 13 matches, with nine goals being shipped in their three most recent fixtures.
1. Blues’ Top-four Challenge Continues
Frank Lampard has largely been a success at Chelsea, until now. The Blues are fourth on the Premier League, and look convincing enough to hold on to their position until the end of the season. His trust in youth players has paid off with both Abraham and Mason Mount making life difficult for opposing teams.
Reece James has also emerged after his loan spell with Wigan, while Fikayo Tomori continues to go from strength to strength. All this despite the transfer ban, which has now been cut short by CAS. Should Lampard and his side continue to impress the way they are now, it’ll be interesting to see where they finish at the end of the campaign.
3 things to look forward to as Chelsea travel to Everton in the Premier League