Chelsea take on the visitors Everton in the round 28 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, February 18th at Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea had a change of ownership last season, but under Thomas Tuchel's leadership, they finished relatively well, making it into the top four. However, problems began to manifest themselves after the summer break. These issues were so serious that Thomas was dismissed from his post at the beginning of autumn without any remorse. The appointment of Graham Potter began to raise more and more questions and even criticisms after the first positive impulse. Record-breaking and very expensive January spending did not help either. On the contrary, they lost to Southampton, who was at the bottom of the table at that time. It was only in March that a certain momentum appeared, and they finally ended their winless streak by beating Leeds United 1-0. Moreover, they managed to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0, which was enough to compensate for the 0-1 defeat in Dortmund and advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. A week ago, they managed to win again, 3-1 against Leicester, and the winter newcomer, Mudrik, made his debut in the starting lineup. He tried his best and even scored, but it was disallowed due to an offside. However, the assist, the first at Foggy Albion, was not taken away from Mikhail - it was his cross that Kovacevic scored from.
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Everton relatively recently, under Ancelotti, almost publicly stated that their goal was to compete for a place in the Champions League. However, they now find themselves trying to implement a similar survival scenario for the second year in a row. Disappointed with Benitez (who came up with the idea of inviting the Liverpool legend to Goodison Park?), they called on Lampard to save them last year, and he did so by earning enough points with his team to avoid relegation. Thanks to this achievement, Super-Frankie managed to hold onto the position for a long time and even in this season, despite the mediocre initial results. However, the Blues once again found themselves in the relegation zone, and after losing to their direct competitor, West Ham, they parted ways with the young manager. His successor's choice was well-founded: Sean Dyche had done well with Burnley in similar circumstances. This new manager made an excellent debut, beating the league leader, Arsenal. They managed to add a victory over Leeds and a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest to their record. But the other matches ended in defeats, which did not allow them to seriously distance themselves from the bottom of the table. It was only thanks to a 1-0 win over Brentford that they climbed to 15th place - just one point ahead of Bournemouth.
Last season, Everton managed to take 4 points out of 6 possible against Chelsea. But in August, still under Tuchel, Chelsea won thanks to Jorginho's only penalty goal. As a result of this match, a fairly easy victory for the "aristocrats" is expected, despite the lackluster game. However, both clubs have come alive by spring, so it is worth considering the proposition of "total over 2.5 goals scored."
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.