Chelsea will host Everton at Stamford Bridge in matchweek 17 of the English Premier League. The hosts will look to catch the Premier League leaders Manchester City and earn three points against a struggling Everton side.
The hosts are third in the Premier League standings and have earned 36 points in 16 games. Thomas Tuchel’s men have managed to win 11 games, drawn three, and lost two games. Chelsea lost their second match against West Ham United in the gameweek 15. The Blues have scored 38 goals and conceded 11 goals.
Chelsea played a five-goal thriller in the last match against Leeds United. Jorginho scored an injury-time penalty and earned three points for his team. Chelsea players had 58% of the ball possession and attempted 16 shots. The xG rate of the team was 2.7 and they managed to hit the target six times. The xG timeline shows the shot attempts made by Chelsea players. The Blues started the first half with five shot attempts and also made a good start to the second half. Jorginho scored two goals from the penalty spot.
Mason Mount is the highest goal-scorer for the team. He has scored six goals in 13 matches and also has four assists to his name. Ben Chilwell is a long-term absentee for the home team. Mateo Kovacic will miss the match after getting infected from COVID-19. Trevoh Chalobah and Ngolo Kante are expected to return to the squad after missing the previous matches. Romelu Lukaku will face his former club.
Everton have won five matches, drawn three, and lost the last eight matches. The Toffees have scored 20 goals and conceded 28. Their recent form is a concern for the manager because the team has lost four of the last five matches.
Everton suffered a 1-3 defeat against Crystal Palace in the last round. The Toffees created 25 positional attacks and three counterattacks. They attempted 12 shots, and five shots were attempted from inside the opposition penalty box. The players hit the target four times, and the xG rate was 1.61. Everton were dominated in the opening half and only managed to attempt five shots.
Richarlison was taken off against Crystal Palace in the last match. Allan was unavailable against Crystal Palace and could return to the team. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Yerry Mina, and Lucas Digne will once again miss the fixture due to injury.
Chelsea go as the favorites in this match between the two Premier League clubs. The hosts are in the top three standings of the league, and Everton is in the second half of the table. The Toffees have lost seven out of the last ten games and only collected five points in the remaining three matches. They are without a few regular starters and can find it difficult to take points at the Bridge.