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Keeping Liverpool at bay for over an hour at Anfield is no mean feat whatsoever, but the relentless pressure of Jurgen Klopp‘s side was soon rewarded in the Merseyside derby, as Everton’s relegation fears deepened following a 2-0 loss last weekend.
It was a tale of two headers at Anfield, as Andy Robertson and Toffees nemesis Divock Origi came up with the goods in the second 45 to leave Everton below the dotted line, but their survival destiny is technically still in their own hands heading into the final straight.
While Lampard’s side are sitting 18th at present, they are two points behind Burnley with one game in hand, although the Clarets could temporarily increase that gap to five in their relegation six-pointer with a hapless Watford side on Saturday.
As the worst away side in the Premier League this season, Everton will certainly welcome a return to home comforts at Goodison Park, where they have taken seven points from the last nine on offer in clashes with Newcastle United, Manchester United and Leicester City in recent weeks.
Ironically, the last time that Everton started a Premier League game in the relegation zone saw them run out 3-1 winners at home to Chelsea in December 2019, and Lampard has all the motivation needed to sink the side that lauded him as a player and let him go as a manager
Lampard is dealing with a hefty list of Everton absentees at the worst possible time, with Donny van de Beek, Andre Gomes and Ben Godfrey still absent, and the latter is now at risk of missing the rest of the season.
The Toffees boss will at least have Yerry Mina and Dominic Calvert-Lewin back at his disposal, but he will certainly be without Andros Townsend, Nathan Patterson and Tom Davies for the visit of his former club.
Allan only mustered a mere two passes in the defeat to Liverpool, and Fabian Delph is sure to challenge the Brazilian for his spot in the middle after that ignominious showing.
As for Chelsea, Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mateo Kovacic are all continuing their spells out of action through injury, while the illness-affected pair of Ross Barkley and Andreas Christensen were both absent from the draw with Man United.
Barkley is unlikely to earn any minutes against his former club anyway, but Christensen could be back from a stomach problem to boost Tuchel’s defensive options after Reece James and Antonio Rudiger both made their comebacks at Old Trafford.
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Romelu Lukaku will also be likely to settle for a bench role against his former employers, although Christian Pulisic is still pushing for inclusion from the off over Timo Werner.
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Mykolenko; Delph, Doucoure, Iwobi; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Gordon
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Havertz