Everton will took to continue their momentum against Chelsea on Sunday following a 3-0 victory against an injury-stricken Newcastle side.
Everton were able to take full of advantage of two costly Kieran Trippier mistakes which saw them shock the travelling Geordies. Newcastle came into the game with huge momentum following dominating victories over Chelsea and Manchester United consecutively.
The win saw the Toffees come out the relegation zone just weeks after their 10 point deduction for breaching financial fair play rules.
But manager Sean Dyche is expecting Chelsea’s form to improve soon.
”I think they’re a strong outfit I know they’ve been a bit up and down,” he said.
“They have a new manager who is finding his grove, they’ve still got quality, they’ve still got pace and a depth of experience.
”I don’t think you spend all that money, with a good manager who is knowledgeable and don’t get some kind of outcome.”
The Merseyside team will host a struggling Chelsea side who are coming off back to back loses to Newcastle and Manchester United and have only won two of their last five games.
It’s not been to the start to the season Chelsea had hoped for as they currently sit 10th and are eight points off the top four,
The game will see Conor Gallagher return from suspension, a player they missed on Wednesday night in Manchester which saw them being dominated in midfield despite their recent £222m acquisitions in Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez both starting.
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Ahead of the game the Everton boss was spotted at Old Trafford scouting Sunday’s opponents.
Despite the points deduction, which stopped Everton going above Chelsea going into the game, the manager was positive.
”When I took over we had 15 points in 20 games, we’ve reversed that and would have had 20 points from 15 games,” he said.
“That’s quite a big swing and show’s there’s growth in the side.
”I think the performances have been strong, I think the performance against Manchester United was very strong, the 0-3 was a head-scratcher, its not about the performance, it’s about scoring goals and stopping them from going in that end.”
Everton will still be without Amadou Onana but their recent form of three wins in their past five has shown they have adapted to life without him so far.
They will be hoping to see the return of James Garner who has found his place in the side despite early struggles when Dyche first arrived in January. He was forced to missed the clash against Newcastle due to illness.
Chelsea will hope summer signing Cole Palmer keeps up his bright start to life in London after he scored again on Wednesday against Manchester United.
Palmer has been one of the few bright sparks in the struggling Chelsea side having scored five goals and two assists in 12 appearances so far following his arrived from Manchester City in the summer.
The two sides have had mixed results against each other sharing two draws, one Everton win and two Chelsea victories in their past five.
The game at Goodison Park kicks off at 2pm on Sunday but won’t be shown on TV.