Everton v Chelsea

Memories of Bonfire night 2016 have, as you expect, taken some extinguishing.

A visit to Stamford Bridge full of hope quickly went up in flames, a 5-0 hammering leaving you wondering how woeful Everton could rise from those ashes.

Men v children.

Much has changed since that mauling, well unless you are Chelsea who have continued their relentless match to title glory.

Koeman stayed calm, even if the players may have privately got a rocket for the most inept of performances.

A revived Everton, who have already qualified for Europe because of results elsewhere this weekend as for once the fates have conspired to provide a 7th spot passport to foreign competition.

That shouldn’t take any sort of motivation away to get those three points though, Blues.

Hopefully the blues will have left their flip flops at the London Stadium, the less said about that clash, if you can call it that, the better.

So it’s back to fortress Goodison on Sunday with that incredible 2017 home record about to face its sternest test.

Chelsea have looked untouchable since Antonio Conte switched to that formidable 3-4-3 formation.

The Italian has worked miracles in his first season in English football.

The best of those miracles being the way in which he has hidden massive flaws in truly bang average players.

Victor Moses, Gary Cahill and David Luiz to mention a few.

Men to watch

It is probably easier to single out who not to watch. Conte has found a squad with the perfect blend. Whoever steps out will be a big handful.

Of course the main threat is Belgian international Eden Hazard. After an unusually quiet season last campaign he’s back to his best. Lighting up the Premier League in the process.

Diego Costa, that fella you all hate but admit it, I know you’d love if he was on your team.

One nasty piece of work but my word, some player.

Costa’s got 19 goals in the league this season and is one of the main reasons behind Chelsea’s relentless surge to the title.

Newly crowned PFA Player of the Year, N’Golo Kante, loves a tackle or two.

Second in the rankings to Idrissa Gueye, but that’s a debate for another day.

But the Frenchman can really hurt us if anyone’s caught hanging onto the ball longer than needed. Simple as, don’t do it.

Everton – Ah yes.

All eyes on big Rom. He’ll surely want to show Conte he is actually worth £100m.

Will he score against his former and, if you believe the stories, next club? The golden boot is within his grasp.

Will he rise to the occasion or stink the place out like he did at West Ham?

Up The Toffees.

My Cart Close (×)

Your cart is empty
Browse Shop