Chelsea hosts Everton in yet another important match in the top four race. Thomas Tuchel has elevated his new club into the Champions League places so far, but the form must be continued. The Blues simply cannot afford to slip up at the moment or they could find themselves back outside of the top four in a matter of hours. Everton is on the trail of the west Londoners, sitting one-point back with a game in hand. The Toffees began a woeful streak that saw Frank Lampard sacked a matter of months ago, so Chelsea will be out for blood in the reverse fixture.
This contest is a must win for the Blues, but does The Pride of London staff see the home side escaping with all three points?
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Olaoluwa Nwobodo: 2-0 Chelsea
The Blues have come a long way from the last time these two sides met. Everton has a game in hand, so it’s even more important that the home side wins this one. Tuchel has made his team difficult to beat, and as such recorded seven clean sheets in nine games. The Blues have to be careful though, as the Toffees have already beaten the Champions away this season. It won’t be an easy game.
Tan Yi Hao: 2-0 Chelsea
The Blues’ underlying numbers all season long, first under Lampard and now under Tuchel, have had them as the league’s second best performing team. A win here against Everton would obviously make it 11 games unbeaten under Tuchel, but more importantly, it will serve as an important step in propelling Chelsea to a league position that finally coincides with its performance levels this season.
Varun Dani: 2-0 Chelsea
The Toffees have a habit of leaving a sour taste in Chelsea mouths, but Tuchel has brought back the kind of resilience that made the Blues one of the most feared outfits in the world. It’s always a pleasure to see Ancelotti back at the Bridge, but strikes from Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham will ensure it’s a trip devoid of any pleasure for the Italian.
Olly Smith: 1-0 Chelsea
Tuchel: the new Mourinho, the King of the 1-0. I’m sure Blues fans will come up with a better jingle, but unlikely they’ll think of one that’s more accurate. Tuchel loves a tight tactical step up, so he’ll shutdown Everton and catch the Toffees on a break. Doubt Abraham will play, but here’s hoping he does—and if he does, he’ll score.
Gabe Henderson: 2-0 Chelsea
The Blues simply aren’t conceding goals right now. Tuchel will have his side ready for this one and they’ll come out smelling blood. A win would distance the home side from its top four foes, so a victory is an absolute must. Chelsea doesn’t lose these matches.
Scott Brant: 1-0 Chelsea
That’s apparently how we win now. Everton is just as boring—I mean—just as defensive. The Blues get three more points as that’s all that matters.
Anthony Gatt: 1-0 Chelsea
The blue half of Merseyside may pose more of a threat than its red counterparts, but the Blues’ defense seems impenetrable at the moment. Points against top four challengers are crucial at this moment of the season and I am backing the Blues from London to grab all three of them with another ‘grind it out’ 1-0 win.
Kevin Peacock: 1-1 Draw
Neither team will want to lose this one, but both will be keen to put more miles between themselves and the hapless Liverpool. Both want to avoid losing ground on Man United and Leicester, as well. However, a stalemate it is, with Werner grabbing a much-deserved goal for the Blues.
Abhishek Pancholi: 2-1 Chelsea
Another three points and a big step towards securing that Champions League spot.
Nate Hofmann: 1-1 Draw
Both of these teams are that weird mix of unpredictable and good. It’s been a few weeks since either side has turned in a particularly flaccid performance, but they haven’t exactly been blowing their opponents off the map either. A draw isn’t a terrible result for either side, and would keep Chelsea in the top four. Expect both teams to trade light blows early on, but ultimately settle for an uninspiring point a piece.
Barrett Rouen: 2-1 Chelsea
I still don’t believe in our defence, but I believe that we win. Abraham to score.
Michael DeVito: 3-0 Chelsea
Assuming Tuchel sticks to the 3-4-3 he’s been using, the defense should be solid. Alternatively, the sleeping offense should be ready for a breakout game. One goal is not enough; if Werner starts, expect a goal or two. You can’t have horrendous luck all the time … can you? He’s due for a couple of breaks. Olivier Giroud comes back and scores, as well.
Mike Malley: 1-0 Chelsea
Taking all three points from the Toffees on Monday would be a massive result. The Blues have finally put together a consistent run of good form, led by their newly-impenetrable defense, but Everton’s forward line will provide a serious challenge. In the end, it will be another Chelsea goal from an unlikely source that proves decisive.
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