Kick-off: Sunday, August 27, 2017. 12:30 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
It’s Match Day 3, and the Blues will host the Toffees this afternoon at Stamford Bridge – a game where we’d be expecting lots of fireworks.
One point separate Everton and Chelsea; Everton have four points from three games and Chelsea have three points from two games.
Everton currently sit 8th on the log and Chelsea 12th (prior to Sunday kick-off), and both teams will be aiming to climb higher up the table with wins.
Chelsea lost to Burnley 3-2 on the opening day of the season, and defeated Tottenham 2-1 at the Wembley Stadium last Sunday. For Everton, they won Stoke 2-1 in the opening day of the season and drew 1-1 with Tottenham last weekend.
Ronald Koeman and his men will be coming back to Stamford Bridge still remembering the 5-0 humiliation they suffered at the Bridge last season. Chelsea even defeated Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park last season, meaning Everton didn’t score a goal against the Blues last season.
In the last six meetings between the two sides, Chelsea have won three and Everton two, with one ending in a draw.
Chelsea have been dominant at the Bridge against Everton and the last time the Blues suffered a home defeat to the Toffees was on November 26 1994, a 1-0 loss – an unbeaten 22-match home run against Everton.
Chelsea have won seven of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Everton.
Chelsea have never lost their opening two home fixtures of a top-flight season.
Chelsea will be without the suspended captain Gary Cahill, who sits out the second match of his three-game ban, and Eden Hazard isn’t expected to feature as well.
My prediction: It won’t be easy but Chelsea will carry the day. Chelsea 2 vs 1 Everton