Chelsea batter Morecambe in 4-0 FA Cup Fourth Round win

The Blues never really needed to get out of second gear as Frank Lampard’s side flexed their goal scoring muscles.

Chelsea were on front foot from the word go here as Mason Mount fired home a superb opener.

Lampard’s hosts then laid siege to the Morecambe goal before the break before Timo Werner tapped home a second.

And there was no let up after the restart as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s solo goal made the game safe on 48 minutes.

Morecambe keeper Mark Halstead worked overtime from there to keep the score respectable before Kai Havertz’s late header wrapped it up for Lampard.

Full Time from Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 4 Morecambe 0

Everton eye free transfer for Juventus star Sami Khedira

Khedira is available to negotiate a move away from the Italian giants as he enters the final six months of his contract in Turin.

According to reports from the Liverpool Echo, the Serie A giants are open to letting Khedira leave the club early if the Blues can agree a deal with the German international.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he’s in the market for new faces in the coming weeks, with incomings and outgoings expected at Goodison Park, with Fabian Delph and Cenk Tosun amongst the names potentially heading for the exit.

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Premier League Preview: Sheffield United v Everton

Chris Wilder’s team simply cannot catch a break right now and without a dramatic swing in form they look destined for a Championship return in the New Year.

And the likeable boss will have a few changes enforced on him as he looks to break the hex against the Blues.

John Lundstrum starts a three game ban this weekend with striker Oli McBurnie laid low with a hamstring problem.

However, Jadon Bogle and Oli Burke both impressed off the bench against Brighton last time out and Wilder could bring the pair in from the start.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has injury problems of his own to deal ahead of this one with the Italian confirming that Allan and Lucas Digne remain out.

However, star man James Rodriguez could be fit enough to return with skipper Seamus Coleman also back in action.

And this showdown in West Yorkshire completes the Boxing Day action with an 8pm kick off at Bramall Lane.

Everton deepen Arsenal’s Premier League woes with 2-1 Goodison Park win

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.

On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.

Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.

The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.

Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.

But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered
Everton ahead again before the break.

Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.

Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.
On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.
And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.
Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.
The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.
Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.
But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered Everton ahead again before the break.
Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.
Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.
Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

Chelsea cruise to 3-1 Premier League win over Leeds United

An impressive performance from Frank Lampard’s side keeps them firmly in the title race thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic.

Despite the final result, it was the visitors that started the brightest, as former Blues forward Patrick Bamford bagged his eight goal of the season.

Kalvin Phillips’ pass caught the Chelsea backline out of position and Bamford kept his cool to tuck past Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea did look to quickly react to that setback as Timo Werner’s deflected onto the bar and Illan Meslier denied Mason Mount.

But the with the traffic all heading in one direction, Giroud hauled the Blues level on the half hour mark.

Reece James delivered a perfect ball into the box and the Frenchman got across his man to finish at the front post.

Both sides showed plenty of drive after the restart with vital missed chances at either end as Raphinha tested Mendy and Werner brought a brilliant stop from Meslier.

But the Blues didn’t have to wait much longer for a second as Zouma escapes his marker to power home Mount’s corner.

That goal seemed to edge the final stages for Chelsea as Meslier was called into action again to deny Giroud and Werner.

And Lampard’s side finally snatched that all important third goal in added time as Captain America Pulisic slid home from Werner’s pull back.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 3 Leeds United 1

Burnley battle out 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton

Sean Dyche’s side couldn’t live with City at the Etihad, but Robbie Brady’s early goal secured a battling point for the Clarets.

Burnley have been slow starters this season, however, Brady’s fine strike edged them in front after just two minutes.

Allan’s poor pass in midfield was seized on by the Irishman and he fired a superb effort beyond Jordan Pickford.

However, despite the early setback, the Blues reacted positively, as Carlo Ancelotti’s team dominated the first 45.

Clarets keeper Nick Pope enhanced his growing reputation as he produced brilliant stops to deny Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.

But, with the visitors firmly in the ascendancy, man of the moment Calvert-Lewin tucked home his 11th league goal of the campaign.

Allan made up for his earlier error with a surging run into the box, he found Richarlison in space, and Calvert-Lewin bravely slid home the Brazilian’s cross.

Everton did pick up where they left off after the break, as Pope pulled off another vital save to keep out James Rodriguez’s swirling effort.

Burnley looked to bed in for the draw in the closing stages, as Everton struggled to engineer a clear breakthrough.

But it was Dyche’s side that almost snatched a winner in the final minutes but Pickford reacted brilliantly to deny Chris
Wood.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 1 Everton 1

Chelsea and Tottenham battle out 0-0 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge

Lampard stretched his unbeaten Premier League run over Jose Mourinho to three games in one of the more forgettable London derbies.

Neither side created much in a busy opening half an hour, with Timo Werner offside goal the closest to a breakthrough.

Spurs seemed happy to leave the Blues in possession in the first 45 minutes with Serge Aurier and Harry Kane testing Edouard Mendy from distance.

Chelsea continued to edge it in a scrappy start to the second period as Tammy Abraham skidded a header wide of Hugo Lloris’ post.

Lampard threw on Olivier Giroud to try and force a winner in the closing stages and the French striker almost punished Joe Rodon’s error in added time but Lloris reacted smartly to save a point for Mourinho.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

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

Chelsea cruise to 2-0 Premier League win at Newcastle

Frank Lampard’s side are now unbeaten in over two months in all competitions, as they move to the top of the Premier League table.

The Blues dominated right from kick off at St. James, with Karl Darlow called into early action to deny Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.

And with the traffic all heading in one direction on Tyneside, Chelsea edged in front on 10 minutes.

Mason Mount’s low cross was fizzed into the back post and the unfortunate Federico Fernandez got himself in a real mess to bundle into his own net.

But despite their dominance, Chelsea were unable to build on their advantage before the break, with Werner wasting a brilliant chance.

Lampard’s team kept up the momentum after the break, as Kurt Zouma skidded a header wide from Mount’s corner.

However, with Newcastle unable to take advantage of the situation, the Blues made the game safe with 25 to go.

Werner led a rapid Chelsea counter from inside the Newcastle half and he fed in Abraham to confidently fire past Darlow.

Newcastle almost launched a late rally as Sean Longstaff fired an effort off the bar, and Miguel Almiron tested Edouard Mendy, but they were unable to break the Blues grip.

FULL TIME AT ST. JAMES’ PARK IT’S NEWCASTLE 0 CHELSEA 2

Newcastle seal 2-1 Premier League win at home to Everton

His decision to drop Jordan Pickford dominated the pre match talk, but it will be his misfiring attackers that will be causing him sleepless nights as two goals for Callum Wilson secured three points for the hosts.

Neither side were able to create anything that resembled a goal scoring opportunity in a drab opening half hour on Tyneside.

The only real chance of the first half fell to Magpies talisman Allan Saint-Maximin, after he was sent clear by Wilson, but Toffees debutant Robin Olsen made a brave strop.

But, if the first half failed to catch fire, the second period kicked off with a huge moment of controversy.

Wilson was clipped by Andre Gomes inside the box, and despite any contact appearing accidental, the former Bournemouth man picked himself up and tucked home.

That breakthrough edged Newcastle into the ascendency at St. James’, as Sean Longstaff forced Olsen into another sprawling save.

And with the Blues unable to make any inroads in the closing minutes Bournemouth old boys Wilson and Ryan Fraser linked up inside the box as the England international slid home his eighth of the season.

Everton did conjour up a late consolation as Dominic Calvert-Lewin poked home past Karl Darlow but
Steve Bruce’s side had enough to hold on.

Full Time at St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 2 Everton 1

Chelsea outclass Burnley in 3-0 Premier League win at Turf Moor

The Blues have lost just once this season but goals from Hakim Ziyech, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner mean they end a run of draws as Burnley’s struggles continue.

The Clarets were the brighter of the two sides in the opening stages as Ashley Barnes wasted a brilliant early chance.

But that proved to be a brief flicker of positivity for Sean Dyche’s team as Nick Pope was quickly called into action to deny Tammy Abraham.

And with the Blues upping the pressure on Dyche’s out of form side, Ziyech netted his first Premier League goal on 27 minutes.

Abraham’s neat pass found him in space inside the box and his deflected strike flew past Pope.

Despite Burnley showing some signs of life after the break their lack of cutting edge meant Chelsea were able to wrestle back control.

But despite Burnley working hard to plug the gaps as Chelsea poured forward, a simple corner found Zouma in space at the back post and he powered a header past Pope.

That goal drained the life from Burnley as a ruthless Chelsea counter attack exposed them for a third goal.

Reece James’ ball forward released Ziyech and he played in Werner to fire home.

Chelsea created chances for a fourth in the final minutes but in the end, it was to be three goals and three points for Lampard.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 0 Chelsea 3

Chelsea held to 3-3 Premier League at home to Southampton

Two moments of class from the German international put the Blues in pole position for all three points but a familiar story of defensive disaster robbed him of a perfect afternoon.

It was all one-way traffic for the hosts in the opening stages as Alex McCarthy was called into action to deny Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz.

And with the Saints unable to really get to grips on their hosts Werner slotted home a brilliant opening goal.

The former RB Leipzig man dummied Ben Chilwell’s pass to fool Jannik Vestegaard and kept his calm to confidently tuck past McCarthy.

And Werner kept up his one-man battle with Saints defence with an outrageous second goal 12 minutes later.

He did brilliantly to beat the offside trap in behind Jan Bedranek and delicately chipped past the onrushing McCarthy.

But despite barely having a kick in the opening stages, Southampton mustered up a response before the break, as Danny Ings capitalised on Kai Havertz’s error to fire home.

That break in fortune boosted Southampton’s confidence after the break as Chelsea gifted Che Adams an equaliser.

Kurt Zouma’s back pass was a poor one and Kepa could do nothing to prevent Adams from forcing home from close range.

But despite their calamity at the back, Lampard’s side were instantly saved from their horror show as Havertz made amends with powerful finish.

However nothing is ever easy with Chelsea side and with a fourth goal evading them in the final stages they left the door wide open for the Saints.

Zouma was again at fault as he failed to clear his lines in added time and Vestegaard bravely nodded home a late equaliser.

FULL TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE IT’S CHELSEA 3 SOUTHATMPTON 3