20 mins: Koulibaly gets an important touch on a cross from Demarai Gray to prevent the ball from falling into the path of Dwight McNeil who was hiding behind him. In front of Koulibaly, Anthony Gordon jumped the highest but failed to touch the ball.
19 mins: From this corner, chelsea win another then a third shot after shot. The ball passes to Mason Mount on the edge of the box and his low drive is saved by Pickford, diving low to his right. The ball went wide but the Everton goalkeeper took no risk.
17 mins: Ben Godfrey is carried away by the stretcher bearers, prompting more applause from Everton fans. Mason Holgate comes in for him and has a corner to defend. Turns out Pickford didn’t stop the ball from crossing the line after all.
15 minutes: There’s a minute’s applause for a young Everton a fan named Izzy O’Connor, who died recently at the age of 15. May she rest in peace.
15 minutes: The break in play continues as Godfrey continues to receive treatment from the Everton objective.
13 mins: After injuring himself trying to clean up a defensive mess of his own making, hapless Ben Godfrey is given oxygen and is about to be stretched out with what looks like a serious ankle injury. I hope it’s not too serious and that he recovers as quickly as possible.
11 minutes: Ben Godfrey appears to have been seriously injured in the collision and is currently receiving treatment. Mason Holgate begins his warm-up.
10 minutes: Jordan Pickford sprints back to prevent a no-look Ben Godfrey backpass from going for a corner. He hacks the ball clear but only to Havertz, who heads the ball into the side netting, colliding with Pickford and coaster Godfrey in the process.
9 minutes: chelsea enjoy a period of sustained possession which ends abruptly when Nathan Patterson overtakes Kai Havertz and deprives him of possession in Everton’s left-back area.
7 minutes: There’s not much to report in these early stages as the teams take the time to gauge each other.
5 minutes : Fix: Stripes on Chelsea away kit are not ‘light blue’, they are – see notes – ‘icy lion print’. Do lions have stripes? I always thought they were more of a zebra thing.
3 minutes: Abdoulaye Doucoure heads a cross into the CHelsea penalty area from the right touchline but is unable to direct his feeble effort towards goal. Edouard Mendy heads the ball wide.
2 minutes : Everton forward and Vitaly Mykolenko recovers the ball on the left wing but fails to cross. He plays it backwards.
1 minute: chelsea roll the ball, their players wearing white shirts with light blue stripes, white shorts and blue socks. Everton are wearing their usual home kit of blue shirts, white shorts and white socks.
Not long now: Led by Craig Pawson and his referees, Jordan Pickford and Cesar Azpilecueta lead the two teams out of the narrow Goodison Park tunnel. In the Sky Sports studio, former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson confidently advises his former club to take the three points. “Chelsea are not winning at Goodison,” he said.
Thomas Tuchel speaks: ““It helps to have the big day coming up and so the focus was entirely on Evertonhe says of his team’s preparations. “It helped us calm down, calm down with hard work and focus.
Asked what Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly bring to Chelsea, he replied “personality and quality”. He adds that the duo have “proven it for the big clubs, Raheem has proven it in the premier league again and again.”
Franck Lampard speaks: “The fans helped – they’re here again before the game, we can’t expect that every time, but it’s great to see,” he told Sky Sports. “We found ourselves in a difficult position last season and we don’t want to be there anymore, but one thing we do know is that Everton must be a team and a club that fights on the pitch in the right way.
These teams: There are four debutants in the starting line-ups, with James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil leaving for Everton, while Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling make their first official starts in the Everton livery. chelsea.
Signed from Rangers last season, Nathan Patterson lines up at right-back for Everton in what is only his second start for the club after undergoing ankle surgery shortly after joining. Ben Chilwell is back for Chelsea after his long spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.
Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Mina, Godfrey, Mykolenko, Gray, Doucoure, Iwobi, McNeil, Gordon.
Subtitles: Holgate, Keane, Allan, Begovic, Alli, Gbamin, Ruben Vinagre, Warrington, Mills.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Sterling.
Subtitles: Cucurella, Arrizabalaga, Kovacic, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Gallagher, Ziyech, Broja.
Arbitrator: Craig Pawson (England)
Today’s match officials
- Arbitrator: Craig Pawson
- Assistants: Marc Perry and Scott Ledger
- Fourth official: Graham Scott
- HAS BEEN: John Brooks
Everton have brought Burnley old boys Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski to Goodison Park, while Ruben Vinaigre is also on loan from Sporting Lisbon. All three are available for selection today.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin faces six weeks out with a knee injury he picked up in training earlier this week, while Salomon Rondon is out this afternoon due to a a suspension he carried over from last season. Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Andros Townsend are also out with various injuries.
After losing Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, and with Marcos Alonso also looking to move to Camp Nou, chelsea brought in Kalidou Koulibali and Marc Cucarella to bolster their defence.
Further up front, Raheem Sterling and Carney Chukwuemeka arrived hoping to fill their boots with goals. Rumor has it Timo Werner of Enthusiasm is on his way back to RB Leipzig.
Goodison Park is the location of what those of us without imagination lazily call the Frank Lampard derby. After maintaining Everton last season, the former chelsea the midfielder-turned-coach is in the hot seat for his first full season in charge at Goodison Park, although there is no shortage of detractors who give him little to no chance to see the campaign through.
Under new owners who seem happy to throw cash like confetti, it promises to be an intriguing first season in the post-Abramovich era for Chelsea. It starts in Merseyside at 5.30pm (BST) | but stay tuned in the meantime for team and build news.