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: 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.

Manchester United secure vital 3-1 Premier League win at Everton

The Norwegian’s position at Old Trafford has come under real pressure in recent weeks, but a first half brace from Fernandes set them on the way to three important points.

Both sides looked right up for this high-stakes clash on Merseyside as Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed an early chance wide and man of the moment Marcus Rashford tested the returning Jordan Pickford.

And with the Toffees just about edging it early on, Brazilian winger Bernard found a breakthrough.

Pickford’s long punt forward was flicked on Calvert-Lewin and the former Shakhtar man drilled past David De Gea on 20 minutes.

But despite squeezing themselves in front, Everton’s poor defending was to United allow back into it just five minutes later.

Luke Shaw’s floated cross dropped in between Michael Keane and Mason Holgate and Fernandes arrived on cue to nod past Pickford.

Fernandes then took control of the game for United, testing Pickford with a fine free kick, before grabbing his second of the game before the break.

Rashford clipped a delightful ball into the box and once again Fernandes ghosted in unmarked to head home.

Everton struggled to force their way back into it after the break, and Pickford almost gifted United a goa as he slipped a corner, but Harry Maguire skewed his effort over.

The game did begin to see saw in the closing stages as Pickford denied Rashford and Maguire headed Alex Iwobi’s cross off the line.

Everton almost mustered up an equaliser in added time as Abdoulaye Doucoure miscued Seamus Coleman’s pass wide, but Fernandes was to have the final say with seconds left.

The Portuguese international led a United counter attack in the closing seconds and he laid it on a plate for substitute Edinson Cavani to tuck home his first United goal.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 1 Manchester United 3

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.

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