Chelsea VS Everton final LIVE Football Score 16 Dec 2021
The matches continue to come thick and fast in the Premier League, with Gameweek 17 of the 2021/22 season set to culminate on Thursday. Chelsea and Everton will play the marquee contest of the latest round of fixtures on the day at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea juggernaut under Thomas Tuchel continues to roll forward, with the Blues regarded as one of the most fearsome teams in Europe. However, the west Londoners have faltered a bit in recent weeks, having shipped plenty of cheap goals while dropping points aplenty. But Chelsea returned to winning ways this past weekend in a hard-fought battle against Leeds United.
On the other hand, Everton’s struggles under Rafael Benitez show no signs of letting up. The victory over Arsenal that ended an eight-match winless run appears to be a mere flash in the pan, as Crystal Palace handed the Toffees a crushing 3-1 defeat at Selhurst Park last weekend. So, the pressure is ramping up on the former Chelsea manager.
Conceding twice to the Whites meant that Chelsea – who have so often prided themselves on defensive solidity under Tuchel – have now failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last four Premier League games, which may be a slight area of concern for the Champions League-winning coach.
However, the Blues have notched up 15 goals in their last five Premier League home games – an average of three per match – and Tuchel’s men are the only side in the division to have hit 20 home goals for the season so far.
Six days on from the delirium of beating a lacklustre Arsenal side, Everton were faced with a much sterner test in the form of Crystal Palace, and the Toffees were no match for this London side as they slumped to a 3-1 loss at Selhurst Park.
Conor Gallagher stole the show with two goals while James Tomkins also got in on the act, and Salomon Rondon’s effort proved to be nothing more than a consolation for the Toffees as the pressure weighs heavier on Rafael Benitez’s shoulders.
Everton have now lost seven of their last nine Premier League matches – including each of their last four away from home – and they continue to head in the wrong direction after slipping to 14th in the table – seven points above 18th-placed Burnley having played a game more.
The Toffees failed to prove that the win over Arsenal was not a fluke, and Benitez is no stranger to losing five league games away from home having overseen such a miserable streak during his time with Liverpool in 2006.
Chelsea eked out a 2-0 win over Everton in the corresponding fixture last season, courtesy of an own goal by Ben Godfrey and a penalty by Jorginho. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.
Thomas Tuchel has been handed a double boost on the team news front ahead of the visit of Everton. As a result, on Thursday, the Chelsea boss will only be bereft of the services of two first-team players.
However, in Chilwell’s continued absence, Marcos Alonso will be deployed as the left wing-back by the Chelsea manager, with Reece James a certainty on the right flank. Kante’s return is a major positive for Chelsea, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho pick themselves in the middle of the park on Thursday.
Cesar Azpilicueta appears due for a rare start at the back, with Thiago Silva likely to be rested. Azpilicueta will join Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in the central defensive unit, with Edouard Mendy taking his place between the sticks.
A third consecutive Premier League stalemate at Stamford Bridge appeared to be on the cards for Chelsea during the visit of Leeds, as Raphinha, Joe Gelhardt, Jorginho and Mason Mount all struck in a thrilling encounter in the English capital.
However, in the dying embers of the encounter, Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger won his second penalty of the afternoon, which Jorginho converted to hand the Blues a dramatic 3-2 win before tensions boiled over after the final whistle.
With Liverpool and Manchester City also prevailing by one-goal margins at the weekend, the story at the top of the table is very much the same, with the third-placed Blues one point behind Jurgen Klopp’s men and two adrift of the reigning champions.
Everton have rather impressively managed to win each of their last three Premier League clashes with Chelsea at Goodison Park, but they have lost four of their last five at Stamford Bridge and are without a goal on the Blues’ turf in the league since January 2016.