Chelsea will lock horns with Everton at Stamford Bridge this Monday evening as they look to grind out a positive result in the Premier League. The Blues managed to beat the Premier League champions, Liverpool, by a 1-0 scoreline at Anfield earlier this month, which will give them a lot of confidence ahead of this game.
Similarly, the Toffees are enjoying a good run of form at the moment after securing a 1-0 victory away at West Bromwich Albion last Monday, so they will be quietly confident about getting something out of this game.
Thomas Tuchel will probably stick with his favoured 3-4-2-1 formation and could instruct his players to dominate the ball and engineer enough clear-cut chances to win this league clash at the English capital.
Carlo Ancelotti could opt for a 4-1-2-1-2 formation and is expected to ask his men to maintain a solid shape at the back and try to find some weaknesses in the Chelsea defence on the counter. The Italian tactician could also ask his defenders to feed some long balls to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who will lead the line along with Richarlison up top.
Thiago Silva is nearing a return to the first-team but is unlikely to feature in this game. Tuchel will also be sweating on the fitness of Tammy Abraham, who has still not come back from an ankle injury.
Chelsea Predicted XI
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Werner, Giroud
Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Robin Olsen and James Rodriguez are all significant concerns ahead of this contest. However, Fabian Delph is unlikely to recover in time for this league clash at Stamford Bridge.
Everton Predicted XI
Pickford; Holgate, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Doucoure, Allan, Gomes; Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Timo Werner produced an impressive display in his last outing despite not finding the back of the net. Hence, we can expect the German speedster to be hungry to get his name on the scoresheet. Both N’Golo Kane and Jorginho needs to have a good game in midfield if Chelsea are to come out on top on Monday.
Richarlison will carry most of the goal-scoring burden for the Toffees, while Calvert-Lewin looks to be a dominant force in the air. Ancelotti would hope that his centre-back pairing of Ben Godfrey and Michael Keane can keep the Blues at bay during the 90 minutes.
Thomas Tuchel’s men are the heavy favourites to emerge victorious this Monday as they are priced at 1/2 by the bookmakers. The draw has been listed at 16/5 while the Merseysiders are 11/2 underdogs to collect maximum points from West London.