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Premier League Preview: Everton v. Chelsea

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  • Everton boss Marco Silva has defensive duo Seamus Coleman (illness) and Leighton Baines (back) available, although Phil Jagielka (knock) is ruled out.
  • Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma is unable to play against his parent club. The Blues could have striker Gonzalo Higuain available after he missed the midweek Dynamo Kiev win through illness.
  • Everton has failed to score in their last five Premier League meetings with Chelsea. They last failed to score in six consecutive league matches against an opponent between 1972 and 1979, a run of seven against Southampton.

Chelsea looks to build on its morale-boosting 5-0 win in midweek over Dynamo Kiev with a trip north to face Everton this Sunday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com). It’s been quite the turnaround for Chelsea, which has won six games in the last month after a torrid run in the Premier League in January and early February.

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Chelsea’s recent form has enabled them to stay in the hunt for the top four in the Premier League. With Arsenal and Manchester United off and both above them, Chelsea can overtake the pair and move into the top four with a win by a five-goal margin. It would represent a major turnaround after Maurizio Sarri was on verge of being sacked.

Everton meanwhile had another embarrassing moment in what’s been an underwhelming season. Last week’s 3-2 defeat to Newcastle saw them blow a two-goal lead for their 13th defeat of the year. The pressure keeps growing for Marco Silva and his job may be in jeopardy with another poor performance.

What they’re saying

Everton manager Marco Silva on Everton fans making an impact against Chelsea: “If the fans can repeat [that] atmosphere, we will be delighted about that. It is a quality team we are playing against, we have to show our quality also. With our fans, with the atmosphere we can achieve at Goodison again, they can push us to achieve the three points. I want to have some words to the fans who were with us at Newcastle, too, they didn’t deserve that result. I am 100 percent sure of that. Now we are back at home and if the fans can repeat what they did in the derby, it will be fantastic.”

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on the win over Dynamo Kiev: “We started very well. We wanted to start in this way because it was important to score after the result in Stamford Bridge. We were able to score after five minutes. For the opponent it was a difficult situation. We played a very good first half. In the second we managed the result. It was a wonderful performance for 90 minutes.”

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Prediction

Chelsea are in strong form recently while Everton can’t seem to catch a break. Even going on the road, the Blues are certainly the favorites to win and I expect they’ll find a way. Chelsea 2-1 Everton

Everton pastes Cardiff behind Sigurdsson brace (video)

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  • Sigurdsson scores 9th, 10th of season
  • Calvert-Lewin strikes in stoppage
  • Everton moves into ninth

Embattled Everton manager Marco Silva is breathing a bit easier after Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s brace helped the Toffees to a 3-0 defeat of Cardiff City at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin also scored for Everton, whose 36 points are good for ninth in the Premier League. Cardiff’s 25 points remain 17th.

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Theo Walcott entertained the proceedings with a shot hit just over the frame, moments after Cardiff struggled to deal with a corner kick.

It was a former Swansea City man who put the Bluebirds down a goal, as Sigurdsson met a Seamus Coleman cross with aplomb to make it 1-0 in the 40th minute.

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Sigurdsson got his second when Bernard‘s work to spot Morgan Schneiderlin deflected to the Icelandic star.

Cardiff kept Everton on its toes with long throw-ins, but couldn’t quite challenge the score sheet.

Calvert-Lewin would eventually settle any remaining nerves for the visiting support with a goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

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Transfer rumor roundup: Allan to PSG, Meunier to Everton

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Paris Saint-Germain is at the heart of a trio of transfer rumors, including their long-term pursuit of Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye.

Thomas Tuchel’s club is hoping to improve their midfield in a few ways, linked with Gueye, Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches, and Napoli’s Allan.

Everton’s play involves getting a big name player at Goodison Park, with the Toffees said to need Gueye and cash to pry Thomas Meunier away from PSG (and help with Financial Fair Play).

Meunier is two years younger than Gueye, 30-times capped by Belgium, and plays right back. Everton upgraded its left back spot with Lucas Digne in the summer, and 30-year-old captain Seamus Coleman currently mans right back.

PSG is also said to be hopeful of getting Allan for around $70 million. The 28-year-old Brazilian leads Napoli with 3.6 tackles per game and only Kalidou Koulibaly and Marek Hamsik have the ball more than Allan.

Sanches, 21, is the youngest of the bunch and has been used regularly as a sub for Niko Kovac’s Bavarians.

Calcio Mercato says Fulham, Newcastle United, and Cardiff City’s hopes for defensive reinforcements include Cameroonian defender Michael Ngadeu.

The 28-year-old Ngadeu has 18 months left on his contract at Slavia Prague, and is a regular for Cameroon.

And a former Newcastle man is being linked with a move back to the Premier League, as Rangers’ captain James Tavernier is said to be interesting Southampton to the tune of a $10 million purchase.

Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

Son’s six-star Spurs wreck Everton

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  • Everton score first through Walcott
  • 1st time “Fab Four” score in same match
  • Eriksen scores beauty (video)
  • Son with two goals, assist

Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Christian Eriksen all scored, with Son and Kane at the double, as Tottenham Hotspur battered Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott scored for Everton, who has taken just two of their last 15 available points.

Son added an assist and was especially strong for Spurs. Tottenham improves its winning march to four league matches, and now sits two points back of second place Man City and six behind Liverpool.

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Richarlison just missed with a 10th minute header as Everton had the first true chance of the match, and both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson couldn’t react quickly enough to flick the shot into the goal.

An over-aggressive Jordan Pickford nearly allowed a goal to Christian Eriksen before making a fine save on Kieran Trippier.

The Toffees took the lead when Sigurdsson sent Calvert-Lewin into the left side of the box, and Walcott ran to the six to slot the latter’s cutback pass. 1-0, 21′.

Calvert-Lewin looked to have made it 2-0, but his stronger header was defied for a foul on Davinson Sanchez. Touchy.

Instead, it was soon 1-1. Pickford came way out of his box and knocked down his center back Kurt Zouma, who was first to a Harry Kane ball over the top. Son reaped the benefits with a pretty finish inside the far post.

Pickford made a nice save before Spurs took the lead, with Dele having plenty of time to fire the Son-inspired rebound into the goal.

And three. The 42nd minute saw another rebound goal, as Trippier’s free kick beyond Pickford and off the post went to Kane. The England captain saw nothing but a yawning cage in front of him.

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Eriksen spun a volleyed goal past Pickford off of Seamus Coleman‘s half clearance in the 49th, putting the match to bed.

Hold on, though? Everton nabbed a goal in the 51st minute when Lucas Digne dribbled to find Sigurdsson, who dribbled a bit himself before beating Hugo Lloris.

Son made it 5-2, with substitute Erik Lamela putting the ball right onto his run, and the South Korean sliding his chance under Pickford.

Picked apart, and how: Son then raced onto a Ben Davies cross to slide a perfect pass to a shockingly unmarked Kane for 6-2.

Everton, Watford settle for 2-2 draw at Goodison

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  • Richarlison opens the scoring (15′)
  • Coleman (OG’ – 63′) and Doucoure (65′) flip the script
  • Digne steals a point with late FK (90’+5)

If Monday’s meeting between Everton and Watford — the first time Marco Silva faced his former club — was any indication of how Hornets fans feel about the Toffees’ new manager, they made it abundantly that clear Silva will long be a despised man in parts of London.

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Those traveling fans — inflatable snake props and all — nearly got the last laugh after erasing an early deficit before ultimately conceding a back-breaking equalizer in second-half stoppage time.

Everton took their lead after 15 minutes, in highly controversial fashion, lending further credence to the idea that video review would improve refereeing in the Premier League.

It was Richarlison who victimized his former team, but not without a massive no-call assist from the assistant referee. Theo Walcott stood in a clearly offside position when Andre Gomes touched the ball into space — whether to himself or to Walcott is unclear. Walcott took an obvious touch before Gomes resumed service, cutting the ball back for Richarlison near the penalty spot for a smooth finish Ben Foster.

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The score remained 1-0 beyond the hour mark, at which point the soccer gods flipped this game on its head and shook loose every frenzied occurrence one can wish to see in a game of soccer.

Clumsy own goal? Check, courtesy of Seamus Coleman (WATCH HERE).

Leaping-salmon headed goal? Check, courtesy of Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Penalty kick awarded? Check, courtesy of Christian Kabasele‘s needless foul.

Penalty kick saved? Check, courtesy of Foster, versus Gylfi Sigurdsson.

All in the span of five frenetic minutes, from the 63rd to 68th.

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In fairness, such a drastic swing in momentum had been coming, as Watford slowly but surely gained more and more control following the restart. Doucoure got on the end of Roberto Pereyra‘s lofted cross into the six-yard box just two minutes after Coleman’s gaffe pulled the visitors level.

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Watford appeared to be home free until the game’s final seconds, when Lucas Digne curled an unstoppable free kick past Foster from 22 yards out. It was Kabasele who, again, committed the offense and gave away the chance.