Preview - Everton vs Chelsea 18 March 19

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Match Day 31
Everton vs. Chelsea
Monday, March 18th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Last five matches form: L L W D L
Average goals per match: 1.37
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Gylfi Sigurdsson & Richarlison (11)

Last five matches form: W L W W D
Average goals per match: 1.72
Average goals against per match: 1.07
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (13)

Having had their destiny in their own hands as far as Champion's League qualification was concerned, Chelsea are now going to need a little help from somewhere. They can only do what they need to do though and next up it's this visit to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side reeling from their capitulation at Newcastle last weekend.

The last two fixtures between the sides won't make it onto the Premier League classics DVD, with both the game here last season and the clash at Stamford Bridge earlier in the current campaign ending in a goalless draw.

Kurt Zouma is ineligible to play against his parent club whilst Leighton Baines also misses out through injury for Everton. Chelsea appear to be close to 100%, with no confirmed absentees at present.

Having started well in front of their own fans, Everton are now on a pretty poor run with just the one win and four defeats in their past six here. Having said that, they did put in one of their best performances of the season when holding Liverpool to a goalless draw in their most recent game here.

Chelsea may have won at Fulham recently but have been struggling overall away from home, losing at Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City, scoring zero and conceding 12 across those games.

Not the easiest game to call. Everton are a side who we don't particularly rate at present though and Chelsea have been playing some nice stuff. Away win.

Prediction: Everton 1 - 2 Chelsea


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  15 - 16
Shots on target: 8 - 5
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 33% - 67%

Andre Gomes was booked for the home side, with referee Anthony Taylor also taking the names of Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea.

The final score certainly looked unlikely at half time in this game, with Everton struggling to gain any kind of foothold in the first half. Chelsea were unable to take advantage of their dominance in the opening period though and in the end they paid the price.

As mentioned, Chelsea were the dominant side in the opening 45 minutes, with Everton struggling to get out of their own half at times. Despite decent chances for Eden Hazard and Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n and a disallowed goal from Pedro, we headed into the break on level terms.

Everton were much more like it in the second half as they began to push Chelsea back with far greater frequency.

Just four minutes into the second half the Toffees took the lead. Gyfli Sigurdsson swinging in a corner from the right which was met by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. His downward header was palmed away by Kepa Arrizabalaga but bounced up into the path of Richarlison who nodded home.

The home side grabbed the killer second goal in the 72nd minute. Marcos Alonso tripping Richarlison in the right corner of the eighteen-yard box and the referee pointing to the spot. Arrizabalaga got down well to save from Sigurdsson, but the rebound fell kindly for the Icelander to slot home. 2-0 final score.

This could prove to be a hammer blow to Chelsea in their pursuit of Champion's League football. Having wasted this game in hand on the sides above them, they remain in sixth spot and three points adrift of fourth placed Arsenal. Big result for Everton who bounce back from last week disappointment at Newcastle at the first attempt. They move up to eleventh.

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