Everton edge past Rotherham United in FA Cup Third Round win

The Toffees have a dreadful FA Cup record in recent seasons and they can count themselves lucky to avoid a giant killing in this one.

Forgotten man Cenk Tosun got the ball rolling for Ancelotti inside the first ten minutes as he latched onto Anthony Gordon’s reverse pass to clip home.

However, the Premier League side failed to build on that before the break as Rotherham pair Matthew Olosunde and Daniel Barlaser tested Robin Olsen.

And with Everton unbale to carve out a second goal after the restart the visitors took full advantage as Olosunde slid home following Tom Davies error.

Tosun did have the ball in the net before the end of normal time but the Turkish international was left frustrated by a VAR offside call.

Ancelotti likely gave his players a rollocking ahead extra minutes as his side slowly wrestled back control before Abdoulaye Doucoure sealed the win.

Full Time from Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Rotherham United 1

Premier League: Everton v Arsenal

Last weekend saw the return of fans to Goodison for the first time this season thanks to Liverpool being named in a Tier 2 area, and the 2,000 spectators watched on as Carlo Ancelotti downed his former side Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty.

Arsenal’s week didn’t go so well though, as they picked up just a point from their games against Southampton and Burnley, going down to ten men both times. As a result, both Granit Xhaka and Gabriel will miss out.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did manage to score against Saints, and will be hoping he can kickstart a goal scoring run which is desperately needed if Arsenal are to start moving up the table.

The Gunners will go into the game 15th in the table, with bottom half rivals Fulham and Newcastle playing just after the final whistle goes on Saturday night.

Ancelotti may welcome back Seamus Coleman for the visit of the Gunners, after the Irishman missed the last three games with a thigh injury. The Everton captain was left out of the win over Leicester on Wednesday night as a precaution, so should start, but James Rodriguez is unlikely to return after a calf injury.

Lucas Digne is still missing with an ankle injury and won’t return until the end of January, and will be joined on the sidelines by Allan, who was stretchered off after 41 minutes at the King Power in the week. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph will also miss out.

Arsenal, on top of their suspension worries, will welcome back Hector Bellerin from a ban and have mostly the same group that played against Southampton available, after no new injuries. David Luiz may return after his head injury suffered against Wolves.

Thomas Partey is still out after taking a knock in the defeat to Spurs, while Gabriel Martinelli played 45 minutes of an under-21 game last week and is targeting January as a potential comeback date.

If Everton manage to make it three wins on the spin, they could go as high as second in the table ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures. Arsenal arguably need the win more though, and what better place to get it than somewhere Arteta spent six years as a player.

Everton take on Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday, December 19th. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.

Everton returning to winning ways with 1-0 victory over Chelsea

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s early penalty proved the difference between the two sides as Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees picked up their first win this month.

Neither side created anything resembling an opportunity in opening quarter of an hour before Sigurdsson buried the game’s first meaningful chance.

Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy fumbled a long ball from Jordan Pickford and in his rash attempts to reclaim possession he barged Dominic Calvert-Lewin over inside the box.

Referee Jon Moss had no hesitation pointing to the spot and Sigurdsson casually tucked home.

Lampard’s side did look to sting themselves back into action before the break as Pickford superbly tipped Reece James free kick against the post and Mason Mount curled over.

Ancelotti’s side did edge back into it after the restart as Richarlison forced a smart stop from Mendy.

But the hosts were to be left incensed on 64 minutes as VAR denied them a second spot kick.

Moss again pointed to the spot as Ben Chilwell dragged down Calvert-Lewin but our friends at Stockley Park dragged it all the back for offside against the England striker.

That meant Chelsea still had a chance to preserve their unbeaten run late on but Lampard knew his luck was out on Merseyside as Mount’s whipped free kick bounced back off the upright.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Premier League Preview: Everton v Chelsea

Lampard’s team arrive at Goodison on the back of a nine-game unbeaten Premier League run and a strong result on Merseyside will keep the pressure up on Spurs and Liverpool.

Hakim Ziyech is the only new injury doubt for Lampard ahead of the weekend after the Moroccan was forced off against Leeds last time out.

Christian Pulisic looks the most likely to fill in for him on the wing with Olivier Giroud and Kai Havertz set to hold on to their starting spots.

The injury situation is more complex for Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti as he looks to pick up their first home points since October.

Injuries to full back pair Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman gives the Italian a headache in defence but the absence of playmaker James Rodriguez will be an even bigger concern for Ancelotti.

Ben Godfrey is expected to cover for Coleman again with promising youngster Niels Nkounkou stepping in for Digne.

Rodriguez’s is irreplaceable in this Everton team but Ancelotti is set to call on Gylfi Sigurdsson to bridge the creativity gap.

Kick off will be a late on tomorrow night on the Blue half of Merseyside with an 8pm start at Goodison Park.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace seals 3-2 Everton win at Fulham

The Blues headed into the international break on the back of a four game winless streak, but first half goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure secured a timely three points.

Ancelotti’s side have been quick starters this season, and their opener came inside just 50 seconds at Craven Cottage.

Richarlison seized on a loose ball inside the Fulham and his square ball was scrambled home by Calvert-Lewin.

But despite being an absolute disaster in defence, Fulham proved they can still carry a threat on the counter, as Bobby Reid hauled them level on 13 minutes.

Michael Keane was caught out of position by Tom Cairney clever boss and Reid’s snapshot deflected past Jordan Pickford.

However, that spark of positivity was short lived for the hosts, as Calvert-Lewin netted his 10th league of goal of the season.

Alex Iwobi’s mazy run beat three Fulham defenders out wide and Calvert-Lewin arrived on cue to bury his cross.

And with their tails up, Everton stretched their lead to 3-1 just before the break as Doucoure powered home Lucas Digne’s fine cross.

Fulham continued their plan to abandon defending after the break, as Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin could and should have made it four.

But with the Toffees unable to see the game out, Fulham were handed an unexpected way back in, as Ben Godfrey fouled Ruben Loftus-Cheek inside the box.

However, Fulham’s poor luck from the spot continued as Ivan Cavaleiro slipped and ballooned his effort over the bar.

Fulham did manage to edge themselves back into as Loftus-Cheek scuffed home with 20 to go.

The hosts worked hard to force an equaliser in the closing minutes, but Everton clung on as Fulham’s misery continues.

Full Time at a goal filled Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 2 Everton 3

Premier League: Fulham vs Everton

Scott Parker’s side face Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool after the Toffees visit the capital, so taking points against Carlo Ancelotti’s side would be hugely welcomed.

The Cottagers have had a long time to reflect on missed chances against West Ham last time out, with Ademola Lookman’s injury-time penalty shambles hard to shake from memory as they slipped to a narrow defeat.

There was more penalty woe in the international break for them as well, as Aleksandar Mitrovic fluffed a decisive penalty for Serbia in their shootout defeat to Scotland, which sent the Tartan Army to the European Championships.

It’ll be interesting to see who takes the spot kick if they get one against Everton.

Fulham could be boosted by the return of Mario Lemina to the squad, after the midfielder missed the defeat to West Ham through injury, but Parker says a late decision will be made on him after he returned negative COVID tests and trained all this week.

Full-back Kenny Tete has missed the last five games since joining from Lyon, and is still doubtful as a calf injury continues to trouble him.

Terence Kongolo has yet to make a second debut for Fulham since signing from Huddersfield and this game is another that will come too soon as he recovers from a foot injury, while Aboubakar Kamara serves the final game of a three match suspension.

Everton are set to welcome back some key names as they look to stop a run of two straight defeats. Richarlison returns from suspension and will start after scoring for Brazil in the international break, while fellow Brazilian Allan is also available after a muscular problem.

Fabian Delph is also fit for selection after a knock, but Seamus Coleman’s hamstring injury rules him out. Ben Godfrey or Mason Holgate could deputise for the Irishman, with Yerry Mina available to cover at centre back if needed.

Ancelotti also provided an update on Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s injury, confirming the midfielder is in the final phase of his recovery from a serious Achilles injury, but not available to play against Fulham.

James Rodriguez is though, after a disastrous international break with Colombia, which included 3-0 and 6-1 defeats to Uruguay and Ecuador, and resulted in him releasing a statement denying Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez and Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma were involved in a dressing room fight.

A win for Everton could take them back into the top four, while Fulham are hoping to put daylight between themselves and the bottom three, with the winless trio of West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield United all struggling to pick up points.

Fulham take on Everton on Sunday, November 22nd, kick-off is at 12pm.

In form Everton overpower Brighton in 4-2 Goodison Park win

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been excellent in the opening weeks of the season, and goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and James Rodriguez sealed a 4-2 win at home to Brighton.

The super confident hosts dominated this one right from kick off, with Seamus Coleman and Calvert-Lewin testing Matt Ryan earlier on.

And with Graham Potter’s side unable to lay a glove on their hosts in the opening stages, the Blues edged themselves in front after a quarter of an hour.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s quick thinking from a corner caught Brighton out, he swung a cross into the back post, and the on-fire Calvert-Lewin bulleted a header home.

But as the Blues struggled to find a quickfire second, Jordan Pickford gifted the Seagulls an equaliser.

Leandro Trossard’s deflected strike caused problems for the England keeper and Neil Maupay reacted quickest to tap home his mistake.

But Brighton’s parity didn’t last long, as Mina spared his keeper’s blushes before the break, nodding home Rodriguez’s free kick.

Ancelotti’s side were in no mood for complacency after the break, as Rodriguez raced onto Alex Iwobi’s pass to make it 3-1.

Brighton rallied in the final half hour, but Rodriguez punished them on the break once again as the former Real Madrid man tucked home Abdoulaye Doucoure’s pass.

Yves Bissouma did bag a spectacular consolation in added time, but in the end Everton were more than good value for all three points.

FULL TIME AT GOODISON PARK IT’S EVERTON 4 BRIGHTON 2

Everton power past Crystal Palace with 2-1 Premier League win

The Toffees have hit the ground running in the last fortnight, and first half goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison secured a third straight win for them.

The visitors were quickest out of the blocks in south London, as the razor-sharp Calvert Lewin nodded home Seamus Coleman’s cross after 10 minutes.

However, despite the early setback, Palace refused to panic, and makeshift centre back Cheikhou Kouyate powered them level on 26 minutes.

Both sides created a flurry of chances before the break, but it was Everton who edged back in front, amid more VAR controversy.

Referee Kevin Friend check and double checked a handball against Joel Ward, but despite the contact looking minimal against the Palace full back, Richarlison grabbed the opportunity to tuck home from the spot.

The Blues looked to push home their advantage after the break, but the on-form Calvert-Lewin wasted two excellent chances to put the game to bed.

Kouyate missed Palace’s best chance to equalise late on, but the visitors showed their experience in the closing stages to seal another three points for Ancelotti.

FULL TIME AT SELHURST PARK IT’S CRYSTAL PALACE 1 EVERTON 2

New look Everton edge out Tottenham in 1-0 Premier League win

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second half header was the difference between the two sides in a tight game in North London, with James Rodriguez impressing on his Blues debut.

Spurs carved out the better chances in the first half, with Jordan Pickford saving from Dele Alli and Matt
Doherty, with Richarlison wasting a brilliant chance at the other end.

Everton locked to turn the screw after the break, with Richarlison heading a Rodriguez cross just wide.

With the visitors beginning to take the initiative over Jose Mourinho’s side, it was Calvert-Lewin that found the vital breakthrough.

The England U21 international has been tipped for a big season under Ancelotti, and he did brilliantly to power home Lucas Digne’s free kick.

Both sides had chances in a frantic final ten minutes, with England international Pickford producing a vital late stop to deny Harry Kane.

FULL TIME AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM IT’S TOTTENHAM 0 EVERTON 1

New look Everton edge out Tottenham in 1-0 Premier League win

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second half header was the difference between the two sides in a tight game in North London, with James Rodriguez impressing on his Blues debut.

Spurs carved out the better chances in the first half, with Jordan Pickford saving from Dele Alli and Matt
Doherty, with Richarlison wasting a brilliant chance at the other end.

Everton locked to turn the screw after the break, with Richarlison heading a Rodriguez cross just wide.

With the visitors beginning to take the initiative over Jose Mourinho’s side, it was Calvert-Lewin that found the vital breakthrough.

The England U21 international has been tipped for a big season under Ancelotti, and he did brilliantly to power home Lucas Digne’s free kick.

Both sides had chances in a frantic final ten minutes, with England international Pickford producing a vital late stop to deny Harry Kane.

FULL TIME AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM IT’S TOTTENHAM 0 EVERTON 1

New look Everton edge out Tottenham in 1-0 Premier League win

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second half header was the difference between the two sides in a tight game in North London, with James Rodriguez impressing on his Blues debut.

Spurs carved out the better chances in the first half, with Jordan Pickford saving from Dele Alli and Matt
Doherty, with Richarlison wasting a brilliant chance at the other end.

Everton locked to turn the screw after the break, with Richarlison heading a Rodriguez cross just wide.

With the visitors beginning to take the initiative over Jose Mourinho’s side, it was Calvert-Lewin that found the vital breakthrough.

The England U21 international has been tipped for a big season under Ancelotti, and he did brilliantly to power home Lucas Digne’s free kick.

Both sides had chances in a frantic final ten minutes, with England international Pickford producing a vital late stop to deny Harry Kane.

FULL TIME AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM IT’S TOTTENHAM 0 EVERTON 1

Everton commit Anthony Gordon to five-year Toffees contract

Gordon made his Premier League debut for the Toffees mid-way through last season, before playing a regular role in the end of season run in.

Carlo Ancelotti opted to throw the 19-year old into the first eleven following the restarted campaign back in June, with his senior stars consistently under performing.

Despite strong reports linking the Blues with Real Madrid star James Rodriguez ahead of the new season, a new deal for Gordon means Ancelotti has big plans for him in the coming months.