Everton Shock Chelsea To Boost Premier League Survival Hopes
Everton’s 1-0 win against Chelsea has many positives. The boos from the Everton fans encouraged the players on. The sass from the home crowd accompanied every touch and decision made by the visiting team. In addition to that, the crowd matched Tuchel’s 3–4-3 formation and were aware that Chelsea would dominate possession. The result was a deserved win for the Toffees.
With a 1-0 win over Chelsea, Everton moved within two points of the relegation zone in the Premier League after a spirited performance at Goodison Park. Despite Richarlison’s first-half goal, Everton fought to earn all three points and even had a penalty appeal waved off. Everton had dominated possession in the first half, and Chelsea’s defense was struggling from the start.
The visitors started well and even managed to get to a dream start when Anthony Gordon won a free kick on the right-wing outside the box. The ball curled just wide of Edouard Mendy, but Everton dictated the game. Throughout the half, Everton dominated possession and challenged Chelsea on the counter. The visitors also defended with all their men behind the ball. A goal was finally rewarded for this solid effort, with Richarlison’s calmly slotting the ball past a stranded Chelsea player.
The French midfielder is an important part of Everton’s attack and will be crucial for their survival hopes this weekend. Doucoure has come on strong in recent weeks, making two key blocks to deny Liverpool. The Everton defense is also getting a boost from a defensive player’s crucial block. It is unlikely that he will be able to continue this form in the face of a powerful Liverpool attack. Still, Doucoure’s aggressive approach will significantly impact Everton’s Premier League survival hopes.
The French midfielder was the driving force in the midfield, and his aggression prompted his teammates to make mistakes. Doucoure exploited the absence of N’Golo Kante in Chelsea’s midfield, and his attacking approach helped Everton push forward. Fabian Delph and Allan both offered cover and took over defensive duties for Doucoure.
It’s difficult to believe that a player as expensive as Havertz will make an impact in this Everton match – but he did. The German defender was in fine form and scored two goals against the Blues – but the second was disallowed due to a marginal handball call. Everton is in desperate need of an attacking midfielder, and Havertz’s performance will give them a boost.
The game came when the Abramovich affair reignited criticism of Newcastle’s owners. In January, the club was taken over by a Saudi sovereign wealth fund and has gone unbeaten in nine league games. But Newcastle felt aggrieved that Havertz was on the pitch to score the winning goal. Havertz caught Dan Burn with an elbow earlier in the game and was lucky to get away with it.
If the Belgian is released on loan, the club could boost its Premier League survival hopes with the PS50m that the striker is likely to earn. The Belgium international has two years left on his contract and would help Everton in the short term, but the longer he stays, the less power they have. Lukaku has already set his sights on Champions League football, and Everton cannot offer that for at least another season.
Chelsea is in a similar situation to Everton. With three weeks remaining in the Premier League, the Blues could still secure their status. This could help Everton, who has been in the same position twice. Their opponents have recently been in similar form, with Brentford, Leeds United, and Burnley turning in a positive results. If they can stay on 40 points, however, they are safe.
Arsenal’s performance against Everton could help them clinch fourth place in the Premier League on Sunday. The Toffees need three points to stay in the top flight, while the Gunners’ victory at the Emirates Stadium will help them keep pace with Tottenham. Both sides are in a desperate situation, and a win would give them the best chance of survival. Everton, who lost 2-0 to Brighton on Saturday, has a very good record against Arsenal, so it could be a good time for them to make a point.
Everton had a raucous atmosphere at Goodison Park, but Arsenal defended well against the Toffees’ attack and drew a 0-0 draw. The Gunners’ midfielders were largely unimpressive, and they could not get their noses in front. A few bright moments – Seamus Coleman’s smothered header, Yerry Mina’s fine run, and a superb stop from the England No.1 – was enough to secure Arsenal’s win.
A win against Leicester City could shave two points off Everton’s Premier League survival hopes. A win over Leicester City would give Everton a chance to move closer to safety, while a defeat to Chelsea could do the same for Manchester City. But, if the Toffees are to make their relegation hopes a reality, they have to win their remaining three games.
In the first half, Chelsea completed 715 passes. However, Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Mason Mount found themselves in promising positions in midfield. Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, was hardly troubled. And Everton took full advantage of the off-the-ball scrape between Kai Havertz and Yerry Mina. The result left the Blues with a difficult task.
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