Chelsea have a crucial away clash against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, and it’s a massive game for Maurizio Sarri in Chelsea’s fight to finish in top four.
Chelsea were held in a stalemate when both sides met at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture, and this time around nothing short of a win will be good for the Blues.
Chelsea have played a game less than our fellow top four contenders, and a win at Goodison Park will take the Blues to fourth spot, and just a point behind Tottenham.
Can Chelsea win this massive game before we head into the international break?
BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen said of the fixture: “Everton have failed to score in their last five league games against Chelsea and I feel the West London side will return to the capital with all three points from a low-scoring game at Goodison.
“Marco Silva has yet to beat a ‘big six’ side since he took over the reins at Goodison and I feel the wait will continue despite Chelsea having a Europa League tie in Kiev on Thursday evening.”
Owen predicted a 1-0 win for Chelsea.
Speaking ahead of the tie, Sarri explained in his press conference that the most important thing he wants from the Chelsea players is consistency in defence first.
“We are looking more consistent in terms of defensive solidity, first of all,” Sarri said. “We are conceding less than before. In this moment the most important thing for us is to be solid.
“We are more consistent with our results, but not at the moment with our performances, especially in the offensive phase. Sometimes we have played with very good quality in the offensive phase, sometimes not. Now we need to start in the offensive phase playing every match with the same ideas.
“At the moment we are not able to do this, because sometimes we are without movement without the ball, sometimes we didn’t attack balls in the box very well, and sometimes we didn’t attack spaces behind the line of the opponent very well. We need to have consistency in this.”