Chelsea host Everton on Sunday, hoping that they’ll be able to further the momentum that they’ve built after their win against Tottenham, while Everton will hope to recover from their Europa League exertions in time to defeat the defending champions.
Chelsea followed up their embarrassing 3-2 loss at home to Burnley on the opening day with an impressive 2-1 win away to Tottenham. Chelsea stemmed the tide of criticism against them thanks to two goals from left wing back Marcos Alonso. It would be unwise to rely on Alonso as a goalscorer, but Chelsea will hope they can follow up their win against Spurs and blow Everton away to get their home form back on track.
Everton have started the league season off well with a win over Stoke City and a draw against Manchester City. They have also advanced in the Europa League after a 3-1 aggregate win over Hajduk Split, though they did draw 1-1 in the away leg of that tie. They did have to play on Thursday and those exertions could hamper their performances in their match up on Sunday.
Chelsea will be without club captain Gary Cahill as he is still serving his suspension after his red card against Burnley. They’ll also be without Eden Hazard as he is playing in a u-23 match on Friday in an attempt to get some match sharpness before coming back to the first team.
Everton will be without Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and Yannick Bolasie as they are all recovering from long term injuries. They’ll also be without James McCarthy and Davy Klaassen until after the international break, according to Physioroom.com. Sandro Ramirez and Idrissa Gueye are doubts for the match and will undergo late fitness tests before the match.
Chelsea: Alvaro Morata
Chelsea’s big summer singing Alvara Morata has had a reasonably good start to his Chelsea career. He came off the bench for his Premier League debut and got a goal and an assist in Chelsea’s failed comeback against Burnely. He started against Tottenham and, while he did not score, was able to get four shots off and had moments where he looked sharp, even if he did miss a good headed chance. Diego Costa is all but out the door at Chelsea, so Morata will need to prove his worth. He’s off to a good start at doing so.
Everton: Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney ultimately ended his legendary Manchester United career with a bit of a whimper. His move to Everton may have breathed some life back into his career. While it is highly unlikely that Rooney will convert 50% of his shots this season, he has started the season well with two goals in two games. If he could continue his form and bag a goal or two it could go a long way to Everton getting something out of this match at Stamford Bridge.
Everton have started the season well by making games boring and limiting the shots in a game. The problem with that is that Chelsea excel at winning those kind of games, as they showed in their title run last season. Of course on top of that Chelsea have the significant advantage when it comes to talent and that will likely make it that they can win a “bore-off” with Everton.