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Chelsea v Everton Live Commentary, 08/03/2021

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B. Godfrey (31 og)
Jorginho (65 pen)
Stamford Bridge


That's all for today, goodbye!
That's 11 on the bounce without defeat under Tuchel for Chelsea in all competitions and they stay in fourth, four points above Everton. Next up for them is a trip to Leeds United. Everton's nine-game unbeaten run away from home comes to an end and they stay in fifth for now, with West Ham kicking off soon. Ancelotti will be hoping they can bounce back against Burnley next time out.
Chelsea's unbeaten run under Tuchel goes on after a 2-0 win over Everton. It was Godfrey's own goal that broke the deadlock in the first half when Havertz's shot hit the defender and crossed the line. Chelsea stepped it up after the break and won a penalty when Pickford brought down Havertz which Jorginho converted. The hosts could've had more if not for the goalkeeper as he made good saves to deny Werner, Alonso and Mount.
90' + 4' GOOD SAVE! Havertz squares it to Mount in the middle and when he's not closed down by any of the Everton defenders, he has a go from distance. He curls his shot towards the near post, but Pickford dives across to push it away from goal.
90' + 2' CHANCE! Alonso gets the better of Holgate down the left again and he swings a great cross into the far post. Kante drifted away from his defender and had a free header which he sent back across goal, but it was just wide of the target.
C. Pulišić
T. Werner
90' Final change for Chelsea now and it was originally going to be Havertz coming off, but Tuchel has changed his mind and it's Werner that's making way for Pulisic.
T. Davies
Yellow Card
90' It's a poor challenge from Davies as his frustration gets the better of him and he kicks the back of Alonso's leg, which earns him a booking.
88' Everton work it well down the left as Richarlison squares it to Davies on the edge of the box. He backheels it into Bernard, who goes for goal despite being a long way out. He leans back as he takes the shot though and fires it high over the bar.
86' DOUBLE SAVE! Werner is slipped in on the left of the box and he's one-on-one with Pickford, but the keeper spreads himself to make the save. It's not away for Everton though as it falls to Kante on the edge of the area, but Pickford is quickly back into position to get a hand to it to send it over the bar.
84' Everton's frustration is starting to show as Alonso breaks down the left. Holgate is struggling to get back with him and ends up pulling him back, getting nowhere near the ball, and giving away a needless foul.
82' Bernard turns away from Jorginho and tries to pick out Calvert-Lewin with a throughball, but it's cut out by Christensen, who instantly sets his side on the counter. Werner has space to run into down the left, but he can't find a way past Davies.
80' GOOD SAVE! Everton are caught out again as Azpilicueta plays a great ball over the top for Werner. He nudges Godfrey out of the way to get one-on-one with Pickford but the keeper spreads himself to block the shot at the near post.
N. Kanté
M. Kovačić
80' Second change for Chelsea now and Kovacic is the player making way for Kante.
78' The game is opening up as Everton push forward in search of a goal to get them back into the game, but it's opened up space for Chelsea to counter. Mount has space to run into through the middle and he has a go from distance when no one closes him down, but it's blocked by Keane.
André Gomes
76' Final change for Everton now and it's Gomes that's making way, with Bernard on to replace him.
74' Only Frank Lampard in 2009-10 (10) has scored more penalties in a single Premier League campaign for Chelsea than Jorginho this term (six).
72' It's a rare attack for Everton in the second half as Holgate breaks forward down the right and he swings a good cross into the middle towards Calvert-Lewin. It's over him, so Azpilicueta heads it away and Kovacic gets a foot in before Gomes can have a shot.
70' Zouma is back to his feet and moving gingerly, but he's coming back onto the field and the injury doesn't look as serious as it did when he first went down.
J. King
G. Sigurðsson
70' Second change for Everton now and King is coming on for Sigurdsson.
68' Zouma's foot went out from under him after he played the ball and he's gone down holding his knee. He's receiving treatment on it now, but it doesn't look good for the defender.
M. Mount
C. Hudson-Odoi
66' Chelsea are making their first change now and Tuchel is bringing on Mount for Hudson-Odoi.
Penalty Goal
65' JORGINHO SCORES! The Brazilian steps up to take the penalty and he used his trademark hop just before he strikes the ball. He sends Pickford the wrong way and his spot-kick nestles into the bottom-left corner. 2-0 Chelsea!
64' PENALTY TO CHELSEA! It's another good throughball into the box for Havertz to chase and with his first touch, he takes it around Pickford. The goalkeeper is reaching for it, but he ends up bringing down the German and the referee is quick to point to the spot.
62' Everton have scored 53 own goals in the Premier League, seven more than any other side in the competition's history.
60' SAVE! Chelsea are attacking down the left now and Hudson-Odoi cuts inside away from Holgate. He curls a shot towards the near top corner from just outside the box and Pickford tips it over the crossbar.
59' Chelsea break quickly and it's another good driving run from James who's cut inside from the right. He takes his shot from the edge of the box, drilling it across goal, but it doesn't trouble Pickford as it rolls wide of the far post.
57' GREAT CHANCE! Richarlison gets in between Zouma and Alonso when Sigurdsson slips the ball through to him, but it's a poor first touch for him. He still manages to get a shot away on the stretch, but he fires it well wide of the post.
T. Davies
A. Iwobi
56' Everton are making the first change of the game now and it's Iwobi that's making way for Davies.
55' VAR is having a look at the handball decision to see how high on the arm it struck Havertz. After a long check, the onfield decision stands and it's still 1-0 Chelsea.
53' DISALLOWED! Hudson-Odoi swings a good cross into the box from the left and Havertz jumps to reach it. It looks like it bounces off his arm as he brings it down before firing it across Pickford and into the far post, but it's been disallowed for handball.
51' CLOSE! It's Alonso that steps up to take the free-kick and he whips his shot towards the near top corner. Pickford scrambles across his line, and even though it looked like it was heading over the bar, got a hand to it to make sure it went over.
L. Digne
Yellow Card
50' Digne is booked after he pulls back James to stop him from getting onto the ball and Chelsea have a free-kick in a good position on the right wing.
48' Chelsea have made a bright start to the second half and are keeping Everton penned back with their pressure. James breaks down the right for the hosts, but his cross is blocked by Godfrey.
46' Chelsea get us back underway for the second half!
Tuchel will be pleased with how his side have played so far, especially with how they've limited Everton's attack. They'll need to be more clinical in the second half though. As for Everton, they've done well defensively, but they have to find a way to get their forward players into the game more, even if it means taking more risks.
Godfrey's own goal separates Chelsea and Everton at the break. Chelsea dominated possession throughout the first half and it was Alonso's cross that caused the visitors a problem. Havertz flicked it on at the near post, only for it to hit Godfrey which took it over the line. Pickford then made a great save to tip Alonso's shot wide of the near post, while Everton haven't really troubled the hosts at the other end.
45' Yet again, Digne swings another great cross into the middle from the left and Mendy tracks back quickly to tip it away from Calvert-Lewin at the far post. Chelsea don't clear their lines though and Gomes has a go from the edge of the box, but it's straight at the keeper.
43' Hudson-Odoi is causing Everton some real problems down the left as he drifts away from Iwobi again. This time, he tries to lay it off to Alonso to his left, but Godfrey steps across to intercept it.
41' GREAT SAVE! Hudson-Odoi turns away from Iwobi and picks out Alonso in space on the edge of the box again. He takes the shot early and fires it towards the near post, but Pickford gets a strong hand to it to tip it wide.
39' Allan turns away from Jorginho and plays a great throughball forward for Richarlison to chase. He only has Christensen to beat to get into the box, but the defender does really well to get his foot in and win the ball back.
37' Chelsea are closing Everton down high upfield and forcing the visitors into making sloppy mistakes as they try to push forward quicker. Iwobi's pass into Sigurdsson is poor and Alonso intercepts it.
35' It's a quick break from Chelsea, with Jorginho picking out Havertz's run off the back of Holgate. He keeps his shot low when he hits it on the edge of the box, but Keane is back to make a good block for Everton.
33' Everton are keeping hold of the ball better at the moment, but most of their possession is in their own half at the moment. They're struggling to break down Chelsea who are happy to just sit back for now.
B. Godfrey
Own Goal
31' CHELSEA LEAD! Alonso gets in front of Holgate and he squares it into the six-yard box where Havertz flicks it on. Godfrey is there to try and make a block, but it hits him which takes it past Pickford and into the back of the net. 1-0 Chelsea!
30' It's Digne that steps up to take the free-kick for the visitors and he's trying to curl his shot over the wall and into the near top corner. The wall does its job though and Alonso sends it out for a corner.
29' Alonso takes a heavy touch on the edge of his box and Richarlison reacts quickly to nick it off him. He's trying to work space for a shot when Jorginho clips him and Everton have a free-kick in a dangerous position through the middle.
27' Kovacic plays a good throughball into Havertz and he cuts inside from the right but he's closed down by Godfrey and Allan. He goes down just outside the box, asking for a free-kick, but the referee waves his claims away.
25' Richarlison manages to hold off Azpilicueta and lay it off to Digne on the left. He swings another good cross in and Calvert-Lewin flicks it on in the middle, but he can't get any power on it and it's a comfortable one for Mendy.
23' There have been a few sloppy passes from Chelsea when playing out from the back in the last few minutes and Everton are trying to take advantage of that. Gomes wins it back in the middle, but his throughball into Calvert-Lewin is overhit and Mendy collects it.
21' Digne swings a great cross into the far post from the left, but it's Alonso that meets it. His clearing header is cut out by Gomes and he plays it out to Iwobi who floats a cross into the box, but it's straight into Mendy's gloves.
19' The referee plays an advantage after Havertz goes to ground as Hudson-Odoi has the ball and he touches it out to James on the right. He drills a low cross to the edge of the box, but it's behind everyone in the box and Gomes clears his lines.
M. Holgate
Yellow Card
17' Holgate picks up the first yellow card of the game after clipping the back of Werner's heels to stop him from reaching the ball.
16' CLOSE! James swings a good cross into the box from the corner and Holgate heads it clear, but only to Jorginho on the edge of the box. He hits the shot first time on the volley, but it rolls just wide of the far post.
14' Everton are looking to complete their first league double over Chelsea since the 1978-79 campaign, when the Blues finished bottom of the top-flight with just five wins from 42 games.
12' Holgate tries to set his team on a quick counter-attack with a long ball over the top for Calvert-Lewin to chase. Azpilicueta is asking for offside, but it didn't matter anyway as Mendy came rushing out of his box to clear it.
10' Jorginho skips past the tackles coming in from Gomes and Allan to get into space to play it out to James on the right. He plays a throughball into space ahead of him, but Havertz isn't quick to react which gives Godfrey chance to intercept it.
8' Everton have barely managed to have a touch on the ball so far as Chelsea continue to keep the pressure on them. It's played out to Hudson-Odoi on the left, but his first touch lets him down and he fouls Holgate trying to win it back.
6' James initially takes a corner short but he pulls it back to Werner, who is unmarked on the edge of the box, when it's returned to him. He tries to hit it first time, but can't wrap his foot around the ball and fires his shot high into the stands.
4' Christensen holds onto the ball as he waits for players to make a run ahead of him and eventually slips a good pass into Havertz. He touches it out to Hudson-Odoi on the right and his cross deflects off Digne for a corner.
2' Chelsea are keeping the ball well in the opening minutes Everton are sitting deep and making it difficult for them to get forward. Christensen plays it over the top for Alonso, but he fouls Holgate to get to it and the attack comes to an end.
1' Sigurdsson gets the game underway for Everton!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 25 Premier League home games against Everton (W14 D11). Only against Spurs have the Blues had a longer unbeaten home run in top-flight history (27 between 1990 and 2016).
Carlo Ancelotti makes just two changes to the team that beat West Brom last time out, with Allan and Sigurdsson both coming into the starting line-up. Bernard starts on the bench, while Abdoulaye Doucoure is left out of the squad.
Thomas Tuchel makes five changes to his side after their win over Liverpool on Thursday, bringing in Zouma, Kovacic, Alonso, Hudson-Odoi and Havertz. Rudiger, Chilwell, Kante, Mount and Ziyech drop to the bench, where Silva is also named after returning from injury.
EVERTON SUBS: Joshua King, Nathan Broadhead, Harry Tyrer, Niels Nkounkou, Kyle John, Joao Virginia, Tyler Onyango, Bernard, Tom Davies.
EVERTON STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Jordan Pickford; Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Lucas Digne; Allan, Andre Gomes; Alex Iwobi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
CHELSEA SUBS: Hakim Ziyech, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Olivier Giroud, Ben Chilwell, N'Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic, Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Mason Mount.
CHELSEA STARTING XI (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz; Timo Werner.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their 10 games so far under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions (W7 D3), keeping a clean sheet in eight of those outings and have moved up into the top four. Everton have the chance to leapfrog today's opponents back into fourth place with a win today though and have won each of their last three. They are also currently on a nine-match unbeaten run away from home, winning seven and drawing two.
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