Chelsea travels to Everton on Saturday in what is the Lost to MLS Clubs in the Preseason Cup. We kid, we kid. It was just more noticeable and memorable because Chelsea lost to expansion side FC Charlotte on the same night that Minnesota United bested Everton. Suboptimal results yes, but time to put stock into preseason exhibition results is, well, never. (Thomas Tuchel begs to differ)
It was an odd summer tour for the Blues in the USA, but at least Christian Pulisic got to come home. Anyway, the new season is upon us, with Chelsea kicking things off at Everton! And it begins one week earlier than usual due to the World Cup having to be moved to an unnatural time on the calendar.
This is also the first match in the Todd Boehly era, so you have multiple angles here to cover in this game. So let’s take a look at who Tuchel could select in his first team, as he takes on the man who preceded him at the Chelsea manager position, Frank Lampard.
Everton vs Chelsea FYIs
Kick: Sat Aug. 6, 5:30 pm Goodison Park
Team News for Both Sides: go here
Google Result Probability: Chelsea win 59% Draw 24% Everton 17%
Odds: Everton – 4/1 Draw – 11/4 Chelsea – 4/6
Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction at Everton
I imagine Tuchel will start his first two signings of the transfer window in Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, with Kai Havertz getting the nod as well. Mason Mount is in a place now where he isn’t really droppable, so pencil him in too.
Conor Gallagher could get his first minutes here, but off the bench. Expect him to be named to the matchday squad but not the first team.
Predicted Team (3-4-3):
Mendy; Chilwell, Koulibaly, Silva; James, Kante, Kovacic, Ziyech; Mount, Havertz, Sterling
Predicted Score: Chelsea 2-1
Can’t see Everton keeping up, especially considering how they’ll be without the services of Dominic Calvert-Lewin now.
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