Chelsea welcomes Everton to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this weekend as Frank Lampard wants to consolidate his position in the top four.
The Blues have had a Jekyll and Hyde season during Lampard's embryonic tenure, but recent victories against Liverpool in the FA Cup and Tottenham Hotspur in the league should benefit them on Sunday against the traveling Toffees.
It's a very different story for Carlo Ancelotti, who has already convinced the fans after changing his luck at Goodison Park after a boring start to the season under his predecessor Marco Silva.
A win could put the Toffees in the top half of the table, but a defeat for the hosts could cause them to slip out of the top 4 if other results speak against them. Lampard will not want to rely on events elsewhere.
Read on for Chelsea vs Everton predictions, team news, TV coverage information and more.
Chelsea vs Everton: Important details and TV information
Competition: Premier League
Venue: stamford bridge
Date: Sunday March 8th 2020
Kicking off: 2:00 p.m. (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Main Event
Last five meetings: Chelsea against Everton
December 07, 2019:: Everton 3-1 Chelsea (Premier League)
March 17, 2019:: Everton 2-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
November 11, 2018:: Chelsea 0-0 Everton (Premier League)
December 23, 2017:: Everton 0-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
October 25, 2017:: Chelsea 2-1 Everton (League Cup)
Total score: Chelsea (LLDDW) 3-6 Everton (WWDDL)
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Chelsea: Ross Barkley
It's always an interesting subplot, a former player facing his youth club, and this game is certainly no exception. Barkley has spent some prolific years in Everton, but is now trying to recreate this form in West London. He hasn't quite reached these heights yet, but fans are sure to stand up for his recording this weekend after showing a brisk performance against Liverpool on Tuesday – which of course has led to a sharp increase in his football index.
Ross Barkley Football Index Value March 2020: £ 1.15 (Sell) – – £ 1.21 (Buy)
Key statistics: Of the Chelsea players, only Michy Batshuayi (six) scored more shots per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season than Barkley (four).
Everton: Gylfi Sigurdsson
The 30-year-old Icelander does not enjoy the most productive season by his standards, but has become an important part Ancelotti's well-oiled Everton machine. Sigurdsson, who is used on the left in the Italian's traditional 4-4-2 system, had to adjust his game slightly to accommodate a broader role, but he has shown great versatility to acclimatize from his natural number 10 position.
He has played an important role in recent victories against Crystal Palace and Watford and has played a decent shift against Man Utd at the weekend, although his long stay on Everton turf may have cost a late match winner. Against a Chelsea team full of offensive talent, Sigurdsson's commitment from the start will be crucial if Everton is to return home with points on the board.
Key statistics: In 16 games against Chelsea over the course of his career Sigurdsson has found the back of the network five times.
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Frank Lampard starts XI! ? # CHEEVE pic.twitter.com/s72v2EvUzg
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 8, 2020
⚠️ #CHEEVE TEAM NEWS! ⚠️
3⃣ Changes to #EVEMUN
↩️ Digne, Sidibé and Bernard start
COME ON YOU BLUES! ?? pic.twitter.com/1T0eVPf8Gi
– Everton (@Everton) March 8, 2020
Chelsea is a little too unpredictable at the moment and is facing a number of injury problems. Therefore it is very difficult to judge in which direction this game will swing. The hosts will be thrilled with their recent win over Liverpool, but Everton is certainly not a weakling and will prove to be very difficult to break, making the likely outcome here a draw.
Goal prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Everton