Chelsea face Everton tonight in a key clash in the Premier League top four race.
Chelsea have a point and a place ahead of the Toffees in fourth place but their opponents tonight still have a game in hand.
Both Thomas Tuchel and Carlo Ancelotti are desperate to secure Champions League football this season and it could be a vital match for their two prospects.
Chelsea beat Liverpool last time as Everton saw West Brom.
The Merseysiders beat the Blues at Goodison Park 1-0 in December thanks to a penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Chelsea v Everton: how to watch
This match will take place at Stamford Bridge on Monday 8 March and start at 6 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1, with ongoing coverage starting at 5:30 p.m.
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Chelsea v Everton: team news
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva will need a late fitness test after missing the last seven games with a thigh problem.
Tammy Abraham is still healing a minor injury and could miss again.
The Blues have no more problems to solve.
Everton have more to face and James Rodriguez doubts due to a calf problem.
Tom Davies and Seamus Coleman will also need to be assessed before kick-off.
Yerry Mina, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain on the sidelines.
Chelsea v Everton: What was said?
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “Everton got off to a great start to the season with a big win at Anfield and from there they kept the momentum going.
“They have a very strong team, they are very physical and the team is full of talent.
“Carlo (Ancelotti) knows how to keep the momentum going, how to keep the flow going.
“It’s good that these games are going and it’s good that we have the next big, big game right away, because it pushes us, it allows us to get up early.
“Then it’s a very natural process to be at our top level again because you don’t need a lot of words.
“The situation is very clear. It doesn’t change.
“We’re going to need the next top performance to be able to win and that’s what we’re ready for at Stamford Bridge.”
Chelsea v Everton: Statistics and facts about the match
- Chelsea are undefeated in their last 25 Premier League home matches against Everton (W14 D11). It was only against Spurs that the Blues had a longer undefeated homeroom in top-tier history (27 between 1990-2016).
- It was only against Leeds (35 between 1946-2001) that Everton had a longer away run without a win in the top flight than at Chelsea, with the Toffees winless in 25 visits to Stamford Bridge since a 1-0 victory in November 1994.
- Chelsea have lost three of their last four Premier League encounters with Everton (W1), as many as they had in their previous 15 meetings against them in the competition (W9 D3).
- Everton are looking to complete their first league brace against Chelsea since the 1978-79 campaign, when the Blues finished bottom of the top flight with just five wins in 42 games.
- Chelsea have won 10 of their last 14 Premier League games played on Mondays (D2 L2) and are undefeated in their four such games this season (W3 D1).
- Everton have won their last two top-flight Monday matches, three straight wins between April 1989 and April 1991 (a streak of five). They beat Southampton 1-0 last Monday, the last consecutive Monday league games in 2016-17 (December 26 and January 2).
- Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel could become the first manager in Premier League history to see his side keep a clean sheet in each of their first five home games in charge of the competition. Meanwhile, the Blues are looking to retain five straight home league clean sheets for the first time since January 2015.
- Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored more Premier League goals against Chelsea than against any other team in the competition (6). However, only one of those six goals came at Stamford Bridge (May 2013 with Tottenham).
- Chelsea’s Edward Mendy kept six clean sheets in his first 10 home starts in the Premier League, the most by a goalkeeper in their first 10 home starts since Alisson kept seven for Liverpool at Anfield in 2018 The only Chelsea keeper with more clean sheets in the Premier League their first 10 starts at Stamford Bridge are Petr Cech (8).
- Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is looking to become the first coach in the Premier League era to win at Stamford Bridge after leading Chelsea in the competition (P18 D6 L12). He could be the first manager since Dave Sexton in 1974-75 with QPR to complete a top-flight double on the Blues after leaving the club.