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Chelsea vs Everton Live Final Football Match 2023

Rejuvenated Chelsea welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge for a 5.30pm Saturday kick-off, looking for a fourth consecutive victory across all competitions before heading into the last international break of the season. Last Saturday brought the Blues’ first away win since Aston Villa in October, the third victory in a row on all fronts, and with a rising goals tally of one, two and three. Until the King Power trip, the first with the Nike Third Ball, the Londoners had not registered a treble in the top flight since Wolves at home in early October. While two league wins in succession have opened a 10-point gap to Crystal Palace in 12th, leaving the Blues looking upwards, just five points now separate the bottom nine clubs, including our visitors from Merseyside.

 

 

Seven of those endangered teams have changed their management at least once this term including the Toffees, who have been coached by Sean Dyche since the end of January. The former Burnley man has doubled Everton’s haul of wins to six since taking over, including a 1-0 at home to Brentford last weekend. This is Chelsea’s first Saturday evening kick-off since the day after Boxing Day, when Bournemouth were beaten 2-0. That was the second win from four fixtures in that time slot this season for the Blues, the first having come in the reverse fixture to this, the season-opener at Goodison Park. That 1-0 victory for the Londoners came thanks to a Jorginho penalty awarded after Abdoulaye Doucoure felled Ben Chilwell. As a result, Chelsea could complete a third league ‘double’ of the season this weekend, having already beaten Crystal Palace and Leicester home and away.

If the previous two victories showed Graham Potter’s side making progress, the comfortable win at Leicester saw the team flexing its muscles. At the King Power three goals were scored from six efforts on target, at 50 per cent twice the team’s average of 25 per cent this season. A hallmark of Chelsea’s heartening spree has been each area of the field showing the interchangeability Potter preaches on the training ground, whatever the personnel. Despite Thiago Silva’s absence there has also been a balance at the back since reverting to a back three. Kalidou Koulibaly appears comfortable as libero in the middle, and Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella or Benoit Badiashile are snuffing out danger with consummate anticipation. Sean Dyche is bullish about Everton’s chances at Chelsea on Saturday despite just one win away from home this season.

The Toffees have also only scored eight goals outside Goodison Park but Dyche was keen to stress he is building a new mentality at the club. “It’s about having a base to work from and then going away from home thinking that we can take it on,” he said. “Tactics may be different but the mentality is massive and having body language that shows intent to win a game. “We have got to find ways of winning under different circumstances and we’re putting building blocks in to do that. “The Nottingham Forest game was as near a very good away performance in the Premier League when you’re in the situation we are in – it was just the details of a few mistakes we made.” With Dominic Calvert-Lewin still out indefinitely, Dyche again explained the importance of everyone seeking to score goals. “That’s definitely improved,” he said. “The amount of bodies getting into the box and their intention.

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