Chelsea vs Everton Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi, Willian
Stekelenburg, Martina, Keane, Jagielka, Baines, Schneiderlin, Besic, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson, Lookman, Roone
Chelsea have eliminated Nottingham in the previous round of Carabao Cup. The Blues were dominant on that match and won 5:1 in September. They are big favorites on this game too, even more as they will play at Stamford Bridge. However, the actual form is mixed, they have just one win on the last four matches across all competitions. On Saturday they beat Watford with 4:2, last Wednesday Conte's men played a 3:3 draw with Roma in the Champions League, while previously suffered a shock defeat from Crystal Palace (1:2). As You could see, they scored 8 goals on the last three matches, while conceded 7. The gap with the leaders Manchester City is big nine points at the moment and the atmosphere in the squad is far from desired. The mixed form is one of the concerns for the Italian coach. In addition, he has some injury issues ahead of this match as Victor Moses, Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante remain sidelined.
The last period was turbulent for Everton. The Toffees have suffered three defeats in the last four matches and manager Ronald Koeman paid the prize. The Dutch coach was sacked after a 5:2 loss at home to Arsenal on Sunday. He feels 'disappointed' over sacking, but it was expected as Everton have collected just eight points from nine matches and dropped in the Premier League relegation zone. The club's U-23 manager David Unsworth is announced as interim coach. He is inexperienced, even had a previous spell as caretaker boss after Roberto Martinez left the club. Unsworth has some injury and suspension worries ahead of this match. Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman will miss the match for the visitors due to injuries, while Idrissa Gueye is suspended after saw a red card against Arsenal. James McCarthy, Morgan Schneiderlin and Aaron Lennon are rated as doubtful.
I will mention that Chelsea won the last three mutual games played. Two of these three matches have finished with Over 2.5 goals.
Chelsea vs Everton Prediction:
I expect an efficient match at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are easily scoring and conceding in the last period. The last two matches the Blues played have produced twelve goals. Everton also played an efficient match with seven goals against Arsenal on Sunday. At least three should be scored on this match.
Chelsea vs Everton Pick: Over 2.5 goals