Preview: Chelsea vs. Everton

Preview: Chelsea vs. Everton

One of the standout fixtures in the latest round of Premier League matches will take place at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening as Chelsea welcome Everton to the English capital.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the table, one point clear of fifth-placed Everton, but the Toffees have a game in hand over Thomas Tuchel’s side as both battle to finish in the Champions League spots.

Chelsea moved into fourth position on Thursday evening courtesy of an impressive 1-0 win away to the champions Liverpool, with Mason Mount scoring the only goal of the contest at Anfield.

The Blues are still unbeaten since Tuchel’s arrival at the end of January, with the German winning seven and drawing three of his 10 matches in charge of the London giants.

Chelsea had drawn back-to-back league games with Southampton and Manchester United ahead of the trip to Anfield but managed to return to winning ways against Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are also locked in a top-four battle with the likes of Man United, Leicester City, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Arguably only Manchester City are certain of a top-four finish, and Tuchel’s team would move to within one point of Man United if the Red Devils lose Sunday’s Manchester derby and Chelsea manage to win here.

The Blues have the third-best home form in the league this season, collecting 23 points from 13 matches, but they will be taking on an Everton side with the fourth-best away form in England’s top flight, and there is no question that the Toffees will be eyeing a Champions League spot.

Everton also picked up a huge three points on Thursday evening as a second-half effort from Richarlison handed them a 1-0 win over struggling West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have now won each of their last three in the Premier League without conceding, which has seen them rise into fifth position in the table, one point behind Chelsea with a game in hand.

Only Man City (20) have won more matches than Everton (14) in England’s top flight this term, and another positive result at Stamford Bridge would leave the Merseyside giants in a strong position ahead of three winnable games against Burnley, Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Everton, as mentioned, have been impressive on their travels this season, and they will be looking to complete their first league double over the Blues since the 1978-79 campaign, having ran out 1-0 winners at Goodison Park in the reverse game back in December.

That said, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 25 Premier League home games against Everton and recorded a 4-0 win when the pair locked horns at Stamford Bridge last term.

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