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.

Premier League: Newcastle vs Everton

Everton were humbled by Southampton on the south coast last weekend, and will travel to the North East without defender Lucas Digne, who was sent off for a tackle on Kyle Walker-Peters. The Frenchman was initially banned for three games, but has since saw his punishment reduced to one game on appeal. Richarlison is also suspended, as he serves the second of a three-match ban for a red card received in the Merseyside derby.

That could mean a first Premier League start for Niels Nkounkou at left-back, after catching the eye in Everton’s Carabao Cup campaign earlier this season, while Alex Iwobi is likely to deputise for the Brazilian.

The Toffees should also be able to rely on James Rodriguez, who made it through 90 minutes against Southampton despite being a doubt before the game with a knock, but captain Seamus Coleman is missing with a hamstring injury, meaning Ben Godfrey could continue at right-back. Mason Holgate is also out with a toe injury.

Newcastle could be boosted by the return of Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark to the squad, with both defenders closing in on full fitness after long-term injuries. Jonjo Shelvey is out after undergoing hernia surgery, but Isaac Hayden could return to midfield after being benched as a precaution in the draw with Wolves. Captain Jamaal Lascelles is a major doubt with a foot injury suffered at Molineux, so Fabian Schar could play alongside Federico Fernandez at the back.

Ryan Fraser started that game in an unfamiliar centre midfield role, but with Sean and Matty Longstaff also close to full fitness, could miss out. After an impressive game at right wing-back last week, Jacob Murphy could continue for the Magpies if they choose to field a back five again.

Newcastle take on Everton at St James’ Park on Sunday, November 1st. Kick off is at 2pm.

Ancelotti calls for patience from Everton youngsters

Academy graduate Anthony Gordon impressed in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win over League Two Salford while fellow 19-year-old Niels Nkounkou, an unheralded £250,000 left-back signed from Marseille’s B team this summer, stood out on his debut.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti made 10 changes for the match and it is likely he will make a similar number in restoring his first-choice line-up for the visit of West Brom.

For the likes of Gordon, who had made just 14 appearances since his debut in December 2017, it means playing another waiting game.

“He did well. He was dangerous up front, one-against-one he was quick and fast, a good performer,” Ancelotti said of Gordon, who provided the assist for the crucial second goal for Gylfi Sigurdsson 16 minutes from time and also hit the woodwork twice.

“Every player wants to play, I know this, but he is young and he has to improve step-by-step.

“He has to be focused in training and work hard and he will be a good player because he has skills and ability.

“I have confidence in all the players. You have to be patient with the younger ones because the have to improve and reach the top level but it is important for them to stay focused, to be passionate and work hard.

“Nkounkou and Gordon are young, they can improve but they have a good base.”

Part of the challenge for the pair is getting past the established members of the first team.

Following the signings of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan some of last season’s regulars may find their pitch time restricted.

“It doesn’t matter what game you play, it is always a good chance to show you can play for this club,” said club-record signing Sigurdsson, who was one of the 10 changes.

“At a big club like Everton you know they are going to bring in players and it is good thing we are bringing in players and making the squad stronger to have more competition.

“We will have a lot of games this season so it is good we have a big squad.”

Victory over Salford made it two wins from two at the start of a new season but Ancelotti is not getting carried away.

“When you start a competition you try to do your best – all the competitions are important,” he added.

“We have stated well this season but we have to look to the next game, nothing more.”