Kick-off: 1730, 06/08/2022
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: Sky Sports
Frank Lampard begins his first full season as Everton boss by taking on former club Chelsea and will be hoping for another emotional encounter.
Beating the Blues at the start of May was a key moment in Lampard keeping the Toffees up last term and extended their good record in this fixture.
That was a fourth straight win in head-to-head meetings on home turf and 4.2 for that trend to continue is our first Everton vs Chelsea prediction.
Things got very scary for Everton when they suffered 15 defeats in 19 top-flight fixtures either side of Lampard replacing Rafael Benitez.
However, the Toffees turned things around in time to pull clear of the relegation zone, ending up four points clear of Burnley.
A run of four wins and two draws in eight games did the trick and crucially included gutsy home victories over Manchester United, Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
Now, the challenge is to make sure that a talented enough squad picks up where they left off and gets back into the top half of the table.
Lampard has allowed some older players to move on and will be keen to build for the future around exciting strike duo Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Goodison Park will be rocking for this fresh start and 29 of Everton’s 39 points were picked up at this venue last term.
Chelsea had to overcome lots of off-field issues last season and did pretty well to finish third in the circumstances.
Losing out to Liverpool in both domestic cup finals was frustrating, along with an extra-time defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Finding new owners was a relief, but question marks remain regarding how they will cope without long-time benefactor Roman Abramovich.
US magnate Todd Boehly hasn’t been shy in taking on responsibility, replacing Bruce Buck as chairman and acting as interim sporting director.
“As custodians of Chelsea FC, we now begin executing our long-term vision and plan for the club,” said Boehly.
“Creating an outstanding experience for its passionate, loyal fans, and continuing to challenge for top honours in line with Chelsea FC’s dedicated history.
“Working together, side by side, we are firmly committed to winning, both on and off the pitch. For us, that effort has begun.”
Leaving Boehly to spearhead Chelsea’s recruitment negotiations in the summer transfer window is risky, though, especially after losing Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Rudiger.
This represents a tricky start for the new regime and 9.0 for Draw HT/Everton FT completes our Everton vs Chelsea betting tips.
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