A familiar face greets Chelsea on the opening day of the newseason as plots the downfall of his former team at Goodison Park this evening. The Blues head to Merseyside for their 2022-23 opener after a summer of mass change and transfer chaos that has left them in something of an uncertain state as the campaign gets underway.
While there are inevitably more signings to come, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly could make their competitive Chelsea debuts undertoday, while Marc Cucurella is also available to play after beating the deadline on Friday. Everton, meanwhile, are dealing with a striker crisis with Dominic Calvert-Lewin sidelined for six weeks, deputy Salomon Rondon serving a suspension and no replacement having yet arrived for Richarlison.
The Toffees are being tipped to struggle again this season, but they do at least boast a strong recent home record against today’s opponents, winning each of the last four top-flight contests on this ground. Follow Everton vs Chelsea LIVE below, with Nizaar Kinsella in attendance!
CHANCE FOR EVERTON!
72:00 – Dele Alli, who certainly knows how to score against Chelsea, fluffs his lines on a first touch in the box.
Chelsea are not in much of a rush
66:00 – Seeing the game out perhaps but Chelsea aren’t the most energetic team in the world…
A man with a track-record against Chelsea…
Reece James booked for time-wasting
56:00 – Given the pretty early stage of the game, that probably tells you all you need to know about how the second-half is going…
51:00 – VERY last-ditch from Chelsea!
A corner isn’t cleared and Doucoure gets a shot off after a scramble in the box, with Mendy saving well. Everton have started the second-half as the better team!
CHANCE FOR EVERTON
47:00 – Gray gets in behind and beats Silva for pace, though the Brazilian does well to slow him up and get a block in.
Chelsea were easily cut apart there.
No changes at the break.
A busy, although slightly frustrating first day at the job