Frank Lampard’s hope to keep Everton in the Premier League gained a big boost as they defeated Chelsea 1-0 at Goodison Park.
It was a fiesty encounter that saw up to five yellow cards in the first half alone. But the Toffees came out flying in the second half and they were rewarded with a goal when Azpilicueta didn’t clear his lines on time allowing Richarlison fire home a slick goal.
Everton sit on the top of the bottom three with two games in hand. They would need to win at least 3 of their next 5 games.
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Richarlison’s goal early in the second half gives Everton a huge victory. They could prove to be three hugely valuable points.
Goal! Everton 1-0 Chelsea
Everton are ahead! Richarlison nicks the ball off Cesar Azpilicueta and races on to finish past Edouard Mendy
Frank Lampard’s side have successfully harnessed the atmosphere, alongside a good game plan, to almost completely shut out Chelsea creatively.
No Goal Yet
All square after 35 minutes at Goodison Park, Chelsea producing two shots from 76 per cent possession.
…and so it begin! Will Chelsea put a dent in Lampard’s hope of saving Everton from relegation?
Some interesting stats before the game.
N’Golo Kante does not make the Chelsea squad for the trip to Goodison Park as a result of a knock gotten from the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Loftus-Cheek partners Jorginho at the centre of the park while Kai Havertz continues to lead the attack with Romelu Lukaku on the bench.
The homes side have stuck with their consistent regulars, with Iwobi featuring from the midfield while Gray and Gordon flank Richarlison up top.
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