The first Saturday of the new season will conclude at Goodison Park this weekend as Frank Lampard’s Everton host Chelsea.
The Toffees endured a torrid campaign last term which saw Rafa Benitez sacked in January before Lampard did just enough to keep them in the Premier League.
Optimism on Merseyside has not grown much over the summer following a difficult window and some poor pre-season results.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have gone big in the transfer market, bringing in the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly as they look to challenge for the title this term.
The Blues will be eager to pile more misery for their legendary midfielder Lampard but only took one point off Everton last term.
Everton v Chelsea: Date and how to follow
This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, August 6 and will kick-off at 5:30pm.
The clash at Goodison Park will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League from 5pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.
Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the afternoon while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog for all the action.
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Everton v Chelsea: Team news
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out for Everton with a knee injury while fellow striker Salomon Rondon is suspended.
Andre Gomes, Tom Davies, and Andros Townsend are also out and Seamus Coleman could be missing too with a groin injury.
New signing Dwight McNeil scored twice for Everton in pre-season last week and is likely to start.
Chelsea have a fully fit squad going into the new campaign and summer signings Sterling and Koulibaly could start.
Conor Gallagher could get his first minutes in a Blues shirt.
Everton v Chelsea: What has been said?
Everton boss Frank Lampard: “It’s a really tough game to start the season.
“Nice to start in front of our home fans. It’s a difficult game, Chelsea will always be a difficult opponent.
“It’s an opportunity to hopefully get a good start in front of our fans.
“Chelsea are a huge part of my life, I don’t have to try and dismiss that.
“But I think everyone who knows me knows how dedicated I am to this job and how ingrained I am at this club.”
Everton v Chelsea: Match stats
- Everton are unbeaten in their opening Premier League match in the last 10 seasons (W4 D6), the longest ongoing run in the top-flight. They were last beaten in their opening league match in 2011-12, losing 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers.
- Among all teams to have featured in at least 10 Premier League campaigns, only Manchester United (2.13) have a better points-per-game ratio in their opening matches of the season than Chelsea (2.10). The Blues have won 19 and drawn six of their 30 previous season openers, winning their last two against Brighton in 2020-21 and Crystal Palace in 2021-22.
- Everton have kept a clean sheet in five of their last nine Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W4 D3 L2), as many as they had in their previous 27 against the Blues.
- Chelsea’s run of four consecutive defeats at Everton is their longest active losing streak away to a current Premier League side. Indeed, the only time they suffered more consecutive away defeats against a team in the competition also came on Merseyside, losing six in a row against Liverpool between 1992 and 1997.
- Everton have won each of their last four Premier League home games against Chelsea – only once in their history have they had a longer run against the Blues, winning seven in a row between 1923 and 1935.
- New Chelsea signing Raheem Sterling is one of 10 players to have scored a hat-trick on the opening weekend of a Premier League campaign, doing so against West Ham in 2019-20. Meanwhile, coming into 2022-23, only Aston Villa (25) have had more different players score on their Premier League debut for them than the Blues (24).
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored in Everton’s opening league match in each of the last two seasons. The last player to do so in three consecutive campaigns for the Toffees was Alan Ball, who did so in 1966-67, 1967-68 and 1968-69.
- Everton beat Chelsea 1-0 in May, meaning Frank Lampard could become the first manager to win consecutive Premier League games against the Blues having previously managed them in the competition. The only former Blues boss to win consecutive home Premier League games against them is Jose Mourinho, doing so in April 2017 and February 2018 with Manchester United.
- Chelsea have lost just four of their 28 Premier League away games under Thomas Tuchel (W18 D6), with all of these defeats coming by a margin of just one goal. However, one of those losses (and the most recent one) was at Frank Lampard’s Everton in May.
- Everton have won four of their last six Premier League home games (D1 L1), twice as many as they had in their previous 10 at Goodison Park (W2 D1 L7). Their only defeat in this run was against Brentford in May, while it includes a 1-0 victory against Chelsea.
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