|It's all or nothing for Everton as they host Chelsea, how will this pan out at the Goodison Park Stadium? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Everton vs ChelseaGoodison Park2:00pm
It’s a desperate time at Goodison Park and after Burnley pulled off a surprise come-back win at the Vicarage Road stadium on Saturday, only a win can restore some pride and some confidence into the Everton squad but can they do it against Chelsea?
The Blues have the attitude of leaving it late these days, they halted a run of successive defeats last weekend with a last gasp 1-0 win over Westham and now must fend off every conversation of slipping out of the top four with Arsenal and Tottenham breathing down their necks.
You look at the Everton squad and wonder where it all went wrong. Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to walk away from the job has paid off for the big Italian but it has left a big hole in the Everton rank; the Toffees were fighting for a top six finish last term, they’re in the murky waters of relegation this season, how strange?
The names in the squad should be able to deliver a top ten finish but they can’t even string passes together to hold on to a point in a game, their loss to Burnley a fortnight ago seemed to have sealed their fate but Frank Lampard would believe there’s something in there for them to fight for.
Chelsea will not be looking to do their former star any favors, top four isn’t completely sealed yet and they would hope to hang on to third position the best way they can, both sides are fighting for something, who wants it more?
Everton can win this one and cut the points between them and Leeds United to two points with Frank Lampard’s side having a game in hand, a point would be heroic but sincerely not sufficient considering the fact that they have difficult games ahead.
Everton will line up with all the confidence they can, that is the only way to win here. They must drive from the first minute, Chelsea will attack and seek victory away from home so they can exploit some gaps left by the marauding full-backs, it is not impossible right?
A loss here for Everton simply means condemnation, it is hard already, the best they can do is to give it their all in this fixture and send signals to the rest of the teams around them that they’re not a spent force, Norwich is relegated, Watford is doomed and destined for the drop, who will join them in the Championship next season?