Take away the points penalty and Everton would be challenging for Europe

Everton's Lewis Dobbin celebrates scoring their side's second goal against Chelsea
Everton's Lewis Dobbin scored his first senior goal to seal the win - PA/Peter Byrne

By Ian Whittell, at Goodison Park

Perhaps Everton should start every season with a 10-point deduction from the Premier League, judging by the way that punishment has galvanised Sean Dyche’s club in the wake of this latest, hugely impressive win.

The Everton faithful are currently backing their team in way that has made the memories of protests against club ownership in recent seasons a thing the past - for now, at least.

As for matters on the field, the first match post-deduction saw Everton soundly beaten by Manchester United but successive victories in the first 10 days of December over Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and, now, Chelsea - all without conceding a goal - have lifted them well out of the relegation zone.

Indeed, add the 10 points back on and not only would Everton be sitting comfortably in the top half of the table, four points above Chelsea, but a place in the lesser European competitions would be well within their grasp.

“Why do you have to say that?” said Dyche, playing to his gallery. “It’s been a really lovely afternoon until you brought that up.”

Dyche deserved his moment of light relief, given his efforts in turning around a club that looked doomed after the Premier League docked them the points - the appeal still pending in the new year - for breaching their financial sustainability rules.

Goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Lewis Dobbin, with his first for the club, secured this latest victory and rewarded the Evertonians who had festooned the Gwladys Street End with banners protesting against the Premier League before kick-off.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Everton celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on December 10, 2023 in Liverpool, England
Abdoulaye Doucoure lashed home Everton's first - Getty Images/Simon Stacpoole

Doucoure is an interesting case in the power of Dyche’s brand of man-management after the attacking midfielder was banished from first team training on Frank Lampard’s watch.

His goal against Chelsea was his sixth of the season, top for the club, and 11 of his 16 career goals in three years at Goodison have come under Dyche who, as was the case in his time at Burnley, has a habit of getting the very best out of a certain type of player.

“I thought he was tremendous, since I’ve been here his work ethic has been consistent,”said Dyche. “There games in a week doesn’t bother him, his mentality and form, he just goes and finds quality moments.

“I have not really overcoached him, I have allowed him freedom and to play for his enjoyment. I have not said you have to score loads of goals but I liked him many moons ago when he was at Watford and knew he had a history of scoring them.”

As he did here. Doucoure struck after 54 minutes of a game which had generated little in the way of chances at either end to that point.

With the two teams low on quality in the final third and cancelling each other out, the chance finally came from Dwight McNeil, who surged past Conor Gallagher and played Dominic Calvert-Lewin clean through on the Chelsea goal.

Robert Sanchez blocked the Everton striker’s progress but the ball broke to Doucoure who finished well from a wide angle.

There were some anxious moments to come for the hosts but, finally in the 92 minute, James Garner’s corner was only half punched clear by substitute keeper Djordje Petrovic, on for the injured Sanchez.

Dobbin met the ball with a superb strike from just inside the area which flew through the crowded box and into the Chelsea goal.

It meant an afternoon of yet more frustration for Mauricio Pochettino, who saw his injury problems compounded by Reece James and Sanchez coming off, but the lack of consistency and a run of two league wins from their last eight games have left serious question marks over whether they have made any progress under the former Spurs manager.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino with Reece James as he is substituted after sustaining an injury
Reece James' luckless run with injuries continued as he limped off at Goodison - Reuters/Molly Darlington

For Dyche, all there has been is a fairly constant line of progress, meaning that the manager is probably right to suggest it is too simple to claim that the current rich vein of form is all down to the Premier League decision galvanising players and club.

“Yes, it is too simple,” said Dyche. “The reason I’ll give its because I thought we were onto something before all this.

“We were playing well, the performances were good, the mentality was good, I thought the fans were with us anyway. It might have enhanced that bit. Some of the fans might have gone, ‘Hang on a minute that’s a blow.’

“So to see that reaction is pleasing but I think our performances have been good. I’ve been very pleased. But there is still along way to go, a lot of work to do.”

Where do Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino go from here? Do Everton still need to worry about relegation? Have your say in the comments

04:26 PM GMT

Pochettino on Chelsea's lack of inefficiency

Football is about scoring goals and we were not clinical in front of goal. I’m really, really disappointed. We didn’t get the point we deserved. I think we were better but we didn’t get what we wanted.

This was a game to play and to win. It’s a problem we need to check. We need to analyse the reality. We need to talk and to try to improve in the next transfer market.

Chelsea's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts during the English Premier League football match
Chelsea's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts during the English Premier League football match

04:23 PM GMT

Doucoure on the Everton win

We are so glad to win this game. At Goodison Park we know the fans are behind us. I’m very happy, two goals in two games. I’m delighted for the team.

It is a good number for me so i just want to keep going. It was very difficult against Chelsea. We knew the game was going to be very tight.

04:13 PM GMT

Nicolas Jackson had to pulled away from trouble at the end by Pochettino

Chelsea's Nicolas Jackson and Everton's Nathan Patterson clash after the match
Chelsea's Nicolas Jackson and Everton's Nathan Patterson clash after the match

04:02 PM GMT

FT: Everton 2 Chelsea 0

Everton have won three consecutive Premier League games, and are now four points clear of the relegation zone after Luton’s defeat to Manchester City this afternoon. That was a textbook home performance by a Dyche team: short of possession, but effective with the attacks they did muster, and stout defending of their penalty area. More of the same for Chelsea, and that goes for the injury situation too. What more can you say about them? Chelsea are 12th, level on points with Wolves and Bournemouth.

Everton players celebrate after the match
Everton players celebrate after the match

03:58 PM GMT

96 minutes: Everton 2 Chelsea 0

Another cross loops high in the air and Pickford claims. If Everton had not been deducted 10 points, they would be four points clear of Chelsea.

03:56 PM GMT

94 minutes: Everton 2 Chelsea 0

Chelsea attacking in vain now, the home crowd know this is over. Lots of possession for Chelsea today, but the lack of killer instinct around the box has cost them yet again.

03:53 PM GMT

GOOOOAAALL! Lewis Dobbin seals the points for Everton

Game over, and the youngster scores his first senior goal for the club. Everton won a corner and decided to deliver into the box rather than play for time in the corner. Petrovic punched clear and there was Dobbin at the edge of the box with finish with power with his left peg through bodies. What a moment for the 20-year-old.

Everton's Lewis Dobbin (left) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game
Everton's Lewis Dobbin (left) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game

03:52 PM GMT

SEVEN minutes off stoppage time to play

Sean Dyche is furious but his team have work to do.

03:51 PM GMT

90 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Onana wins the ball cleanly against Palmer, but Beto cannot hold the ball up.

Chelsea continue to pour forward, but the ball then bounces off Mudryk under pressure from Doucoure and Everton win a goal kick to roars from the Goodison crowd.

03:49 PM GMT

88 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Caicedo and Onana clash in midfield, but Michael Oliver gives the free-kick Chelsea’s way on the halfway line. Chelsea then win a throw-in near the corner flag after finding Mudryk on the left again. Positive for the winger that Pochettino has trusted him with the full 90 minutes.

03:47 PM GMT

87 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Onana takes an arm in the face which gives Everton the chance to kill some time. Harrison is the player coming off for Dobbin for Everton. The winger gets a standing ovation from the Goodison crowd as he departs.

03:45 PM GMT

85 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Everton and Chelsea making more changes: Maatsen on for Cucurella, and sub goalkeeper Petrovic is also on for Chelsea. That must be another injury for Chelsea with Sanchez. Dyche has brought on Dobbin. Everton hanging on a little now.

03:43 PM GMT

83 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Chelsea testing the legs of Everton’s full-backs now, and Tarkowski blocks a Mudryk shot which spins behind for a corner. This is Chelsea’s first corner of the second half.

It was headed down into the danger zone, but Disasi could not make clean contact! That was a scare for Everton.

Chelsea keeping Everton under pressure with Caicedo and Sterling exchanging passes and they have another corner.

But the whistle blows for a foul against Chelsea. Everton can clear their lines.

03:40 PM GMT

80 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Sterling cuts inside from the right and shoots with his left foot, and the ball runs free for Jackson who snatched at his shot as he tried to swivel. A huge roar goes around Goodison. Backs to the wall.

03:38 PM GMT

78 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Not for the first time, Chelsea attack through Mudryk. But not for the first time, it fails to materialise into a clear-cut chance. Sterling tries to dribble into the box, and Everton are struggling to clear their lines. Still time for Chelsea here, and they have attacking talent on the pitch.

Enzo Fernandez of Chelsea looks dejected after Abdoulaye Doucoure
Enzo Fernandez of Chelsea looks dejected after Abdoulaye Doucoure

03:36 PM GMT

76 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

James Garner with tigerish work in midfield for Everton again, but McNeil failed to make the most of the transition though. Everton are having a better spell though in the Chelsea half. Beto tests Sanchez with a header from Harrison’s cross but the flag was up for offside in any case.

03:34 PM GMT

74 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Doucoure carries the ball forward for Everton but his cross was always ahead of Beto. Tarkowski reads a long Chelsea ball and defends against Jackson. Mudryk is then booked for kicking the ball away.

03:32 PM GMT

72 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Words unlikely to fill the hearts of Chelsea fans with hope: Axel Disasi tries a one-two in the Everton area. It fails to come off. Worth a try as the clock ticks down I suppose.

03:32 PM GMT

Everton on the march

Everton are chasing what would be a third straight win in the four games since their points deduction was announced, Give them back their 10 points and Dyche would have them comfortably in the top half of the table. Chelsea, who have recorded back to back league wins just once this season, are in danger of losing consecutive matches for the first time in this campaign.

03:31 PM GMT

70 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Chelsea trying to build momentum, and they have a free-kick. Everton look to have found a second wind, showing great work rate despite their immense mid-week shift against Newcastle.

03:27 PM GMT

66 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Mudryk was in behind the Everton defence there, but Fernandez ran ahead of the ball and the attempted cut-back ran behind the Chelsea midfielder. Palmer tries another shot from distance which is way over.

Pochettino with a double change: Jackson and Sterling on for Broja and Fernandez. Not been Broja’s day.

Dyche with a sub of his own: Beto on for Calvert-Lewin.

03:25 PM GMT

63 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

The tempo of the game has gone through the roof since Everton’s goal. Chelsea a little frantic in their play as they chase the equaliser. Patterson defends well again for Everton in the right-back area.

03:22 PM GMT

60 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Good hands from Pickford after a Palmer free-kick sneaked through the Everton wall. Mykolenko then defends well for Everton and drives Everton up the pitch.

03:19 PM GMT

56 minutes: Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Palmer looking to be the spark for Chelsea, but Garner does well to challenge him as he jinked towards the penalty area. Pochettino will surely be considering Sterling and Jackson from the bench.

03:17 PM GMT

Var is checking for an offside....

Must be against Calvert-Lewin...but the goal is given!

Everton lead 1-0.

03:16 PM GMT

GOOAAAAAALLL! Doucoure converts the rebound

A classic Everton counter-attack after the referee played a good advantage following a foul by Gallagher. McNeil got past Cucurella and found Calvert-Lewin with a through ball. Sanchez made the save, but the ball fell for Doucoure to hammer home the rebound from a tight angle.

Everton's Abdoulaye Doucoure scores their first goal
Everton's Abdoulaye Doucoure scores their first goal

03:15 PM GMT

53 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Gallagher almost caught in possession in midfield but a handball decision goes Chelsea’s way. The visitors play the free-kick short, and look to build play very deliberately from inside their own half. Disasi does well to get up above Calvert-Lewin and defend!

03:11 PM GMT

Still searching for a breakthrough

Game badly needs a pick-me-up and, at least, Enzo Fernandez and Dwight McNeil try to apply one with shots at each end which are comfortably saved in the end.

03:11 PM GMT

49 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Chelsea tee up Fernandez for a shot from outside the area, but his effort with his right instep was practically a backpass from Pickford.

Then Everton test Sanchez in the Chelsea goal! Harrison cutting in from the right, Everton work the ball to McNeil who shoots from the edge of the bow and Sanchez saved well down to his right.

From the corner, Mykolenko shoots well over the bar.

03:09 PM GMT

47 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Mudryk with another foray into the final third which does not result in a telling cross or shot. Then Colwill feeds a teasing ball across the area which Everton do well to scramble clear.

03:08 PM GMT

We are back under way in the second half!

Everton enjoying some possession in the early minutes of the half.

02:53 PM GMT

HT: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Not much to separate the sides in a half of two halves. Before the injuries to Reece James and Ashley Young, both teams showed a pleasing amount of attacking intent with Harrison and Mudryk dangerous. Then the pace slowed after the stoppages, and both teams appeared happy enough to go in level. Chelsea looking to draw the sting out of the game with possession, Everton running a tight ship.

Everton's Ashley Young, left, is replaced by teammate Nathan Patterson
Everton's Ashley Young, left, is replaced by teammate Nathan Patterson

02:50 PM GMT

45 minutes+3: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Everton finishing the half with a flurry of pressure, and consecutive corners. Sanchez is unconvincing under the high ball...but Garner’s return cross into the box us too heavy. Dyche will be frustrated at the inaccuracy of Everton’s set-piece delivery there.

02:47 PM GMT

This was never going to end well for Young

And that’s for Ashley Young who is holding his hamstring as he’s replaced by Nathan Patterson. It’s hardly surprising given the chasing the 38-year-old has received from Mykhailo Mudryk. Just watching it was enough to tweak your hamstring.

02:46 PM GMT

There will be four minutes of added time to play

Chelsea need to keep feeding Mudryk in the closing minutes of the half.

02:46 PM GMT

44 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Ironic cheers from the home fans as their team win a free-kick on halfway. Moments before that, Palmer saw another shot from distance fly wide.

02:42 PM GMT

Another injury problem for Reece James

What won’t please Southgate - or Mauricio Pochettino in particular - is Reece James coming off after making his first start since being sent off at Newcastle. Plagued by hamstring and knee injuries, the full-back hasn’t completed 90 minutes since April.

02:42 PM GMT

42 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Broja’s runs down the sides are promising for Chelsea, but Everton delay the attack. Palmer curls wide with a shot from outside the box.

Ashley Young cannot continue: Patterson replaces him, and will be up against Mudryk. Both starting right-backs have gone off injured in this first half.

02:40 PM GMT

40 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

McNeil looked to be in behind Chelsea’s two centre-halves there, but he misjudged the bounce and his touch let him down. Could he have taken the shot on? The offside flag does not spare him the groans on the Everton crowd.

02:39 PM GMT

37 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Now Ashley Young might have an injury problem, Everton have sent out Godfrey and Patterson to warm-up. Mudryk causing problems again with another cross, before Everton force Chelsea back. Everton fans screaming for a foul as Mudryk gets another cross in from a one-against-one from Young. Chelsea have not capitalised on their advantage in that match up.

02:36 PM GMT

35 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Branthwaite’s knock was just a bang of knees, much to Everton’s relief. Those injury stoppages have halted the momentum of the game after both sides looked dangerous in the opening 20 minutes.

02:32 PM GMT

32 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Chelsea are playing on while Everton defender Branthwaite is down...and Dyche is fuming. Eventually, Caicedo puts the ball out under instruction from Pochettino. Another injury worry in the game...the Everton defender is receiving some treatment on his left knee.

02:30 PM GMT

30 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Chelsea with another corner which they failed to make the most of. Moises Caicedo goes down with a whack on the ankle, but he should be fit to continue. The last thing Pochettino needs is another injury.

02:28 PM GMT

27 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Chelsea have an injury problem it seems because Levi Colwill is about to come on...and the identity of the unlucky player is no great surprise: Reece James’ race is run. Must be a muscular problem. Cucurella moves over to the right.

Reece James of Chelsea is embraced by Mauricio Pochettino, after being substituted off following an injury during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea F
Reece James of Chelsea is embraced by Mauricio Pochettino, after being substituted off following an injury during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea F

02:26 PM GMT

25 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Everton almost send Calvert-Lewin clean through from Pickford’s hands, but the flag goes up for offside. Chelsea looked a little vulnerable to that direct play.

Then Harrison meets a cleared cross with a swivelled volley that flies just wide of Sanchez’s post. The former Leeds man has been Everton’s liveliest player so far.

Jack Harrison of Everton with a chance on goal during the Premier League
Jack Harrison of Everton with a chance on goal during the Premier League

02:24 PM GMT

That Palmer incident

Classic example of why none of us should be refs. Looked for all the world in real time like Vitalii Mykolenko had caught Cole Palmer and conceded a pen. Replays clearly show the Chelsea man predicted contact and gone to ground without the full-back touching him. The result is a booking for Palmer and credit for ref Michael Oliver. Gareth Southgate here... Palmer, that booking aside, doing his claims for a call-up at some stage no harm.

02:22 PM GMT

22 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Another save from Pickford, this time with his feet. Once again, Mudryk is the outlet wide left and this time his delivery was a good one. Chelsea’s corner is just beyond Broja. Both teams are threatening in an even contest so far.

02:21 PM GMT

20 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Mykolenko slides in on Palmer who goes down in anticipation of contact, but none was forthcoming. The Chelsea winger tries to spring up and play on but then is booked for diving. That feels harsh, it was more of a slip than attempted simulation.

02:18 PM GMT

17 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Everton carrying a threat down their right again, but their crosses are not falling to blue shirts inside the penalty area. Cucurella and James are being tested by McNeil and Harrison. Chelsea lose the ball when trying to build from the back, but soon regain possession.

02:16 PM GMT

Chelsea fans in good voice

Decent travelling contingent who serenade the home fans with a tribute to “Super Frank Lampard.” Given his efforts as Sean Dyche’s predecessor at Goodison, it’s not going to go down well with Evertonians.

02:16 PM GMT

15 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Everton conceded a goal of the season contender to Garnacho a few weeks ago, and Palmer very nearly scored another worldie in front of the Gwladys St. It was a sweet strike from fully 35 yards and Pickford was at full stretch to keep it out.

Moments later, Gueye picks up the first yellow card of the game.

Everton's Jordan Pickford in action
Everton's Jordan Pickford in action

02:14 PM GMT

13 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Both teams fail to make the most of corner kicks, and both Sanchez and Pickford show their composure to put their foot on the ball in their respective penalty areas. Chelsea keep trying to play from the back.

Excellent defending from Branthwaite to chase down Broja and hook a left leg around to win the ball cleanly. That was a penalty if mistimed.

02:10 PM GMT

The Goodison atmosphere

Talking of that points deduction, plenty of hard work gone into the banner business on Merseyside since. Lots of simple ones with the Premier League logo and the word “Corrupt” beneath it.

The more creative include: “Sporting sanction for no sporting advantage. Premier League hang your heads in shame. We shall not be moved.” And “An independent review to avoid an independent regulator.” And “Where there is greed and money, there is corruption”

You get the idea …

Of course, the Premier League anthem is lustily booed by the Everton fans … as is the announcement of ref Michael Oliver. All that said, the atmosphere is a little Sunday lunchtime once the game kicks off though every time Everton attack, you can feel it lift. Classic case of the home team needing to give their fans something to cheer about.

Everton fans unveil anti-Premier League protest banners ahead of the English Premier League football match
Everton fans unveil anti-Premier League protest banners ahead of the English Premier League football match

02:08 PM GMT

7 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Predictably, Chelsea are looking to use Mudryk as an outlet against Ashley Young, and his pace is already causing the 38-year-old Everton right back problems.

Then Everton move forward after neat work in midfield from Garner, who spreads the play right to Harrison but his cross skips all the way across the penalty area.

Plenty of action down the dugout side at Goodison, Chelsea’s left and Everton’s right.

02:04 PM GMT

4 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Badiashile does well to track a surge forward from Doucoure, who tends to operate like a second striker for Sean Dyche.

Then Chelsea come forward through Palmer and then Mudryk. The winger probes into the area and tees up Fernandez for a strike from the edge of the area, and Pickford makes a sharp save.

The flag goes up, but Mudryk exposed Young there.

02:03 PM GMT

2 minutes: Everton 0 Chelsea 0

Jack Harrison gets forward and wins Everton a throw high up the pitch within the first 60 seconds. Chelsea soon win it back and keep possession inside their own half. Keeping the ball has not been an issue for Chelsea this season, it is breaking teams down and avoiding defensive mishaps.

02:01 PM GMT


Everton’s James Garner gets the game under way.

02:00 PM GMT

The players are out at Goodison...

Everton have actually been better playing on the break away from home in spite of the vociferous home support they receive, and the pressure that crowd puts on referees.

Chelsea's Reece James and Everton's Dwight McNeil with referee Michael Oliver
Chelsea's Reece James and Everton's Dwight McNeil with referee Michael Oliver

01:59 PM GMT

The latest from our man at Goodison

Goodison filling nicely with less than ten minutes to KO. It’s even stopped raining and the sun is poking out …. sums up the mood among Evertonians who, despite the 10-point deduction, have seen their team win six of their last nine in all comps.

Jordan Pickford of Everton warms up prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC
Jordan Pickford of Everton warms up prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC

01:53 PM GMT

Goodison not a happy hunting ground for Chelsea

They did win 1-0 at Everton on the opening weekend of last season, when Thomas Tuchel was still in charge, but have lost four of their last five visits.

Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates
Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates

01:39 PM GMT

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01:38 PM GMT

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01:29 PM GMT

The team news analysed

No surprises from Sean Dyche who lost Seamus Coleman to injury in the win over Newcastle. Ashley Young moves back one to right-back, and looks a walking yellow card against Mykhailo Mudryk (even as the Ukrainian winger continues to struggle making clean contact with a football).

Pochettino has responded to a terrible defensive showing at Old Trafford by leaving Thiago Silva on the bench. Reece James is back at right-back, and Benoit Badiashile partners Axel Disasi at centre-back. Silva has been fantastic for Chelsea, but there are concerns his preference for dropping deep is antithetical to the type of football Pochettino wants.

Armando Broja gets the chance to show he has more of an eye for goal than Nicolas Jackson, which shouldn’t be too difficult.

01:23 PM GMT

Raheem Sterling left on the bench today

Chelsea's Raheem Sterling arrives for the Premier League match at Goodison Park
Chelsea's Raheem Sterling arrives for the Premier League match at Goodison Park

01:15 PM GMT

Team news

Everton XI: Pickford, Young, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Harrison, Garner, Gueye, McNeil, Doucoure, Calvert-Lewin

Subs: Patterson, Onana, Danjuma, Virginia, Beto, Godfrey, Chermiti, Hunt, Dobbin

Chelsea XI: Sanchez, James, Disasi, Badiashile, Cucurella, Fernandez, Caicedo, Palmer, Gallagher, Mudryk, Broja

Subs: Thiago Silva, Sterling, Jackson, Colwill, Petrovic, Maatsen, Gilchrist, Matos, Castledine

12:58 PM GMT

Chelsea told to to be robust

Chelsea shipping 28 shots and conceding more than four expected goals at Old Trafford was put into fresh perspective by Bournemouth on Saturday, and they will need to be far more robust at Goodison Park this afternoon.

There are concerns about Chelsea lacking height and physicality, something Sean Dyche will surely be keen to test.

Everton are out of the relegation zone and bounce into this game after back-to-back victories against Nottingham Forest and Newcastle. In fact, had it not been for Everton’s 10-point deduction they would actually sit above Chelsea in the table.

Everton have spent £112 million in the past three transfer windows, while the expenditure of Sunday’s opponents is 10 times that over the same period.

The transformation Dyche, who took over at the end of January, has been able to effect this season is credit to his methods but he believes opposite number Mauricio Pochettino, in the job since the summer, has every chance of finding the right solution at Stamford Bridge.

“A new manager goes in, a manager I respect, and it seems to me he is making changes and finding different ways to work with the players,” he said.

“Sometimes it takes time – it did at Tottenham when he was there – and I am sure he is doing his own work with the players to get them into the rhythm he wants. They have very good players still.

“I don’t think you spend all that money with a good manager who is knowledgeable and don’t get some kind of outcome.”

Sean Dyche and Mauricio Pochettino
Despite what this pic suggests there's a lot of respect between Sean Dyche and Mauricio Pochettino - Reuters/Anthony Devlin

For the visitors midfielder Conor Gallagher is available following suspension. Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia have returned to training but are unlikely to be included in the matchday squad.

Pochettino said: “We can not forget that we are at Chelsea and the pressure is massive. It is about to win and when we don’t win, we feel the pressure.

“That is why we know what we need to do and it’s a matter of time. Sometimes it’s six months and sometimes it’s a year, but we need to analyse the situation.

“We are building something that will pay off. We knew when we accepted this offer that it was going to be tough.”

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