Everton v Chelsea: Premier League – live!  |  Premier League

Everton v Chelsea: Premier League – live! | Premier League

1 min: Chelsea get the ball rolling, their players wearing white shirts with light blue stripes, white shorts and blue socks. Everton wear their customary home kit of blue shirts, white shorts and white socks.

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Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Mina, Godfrey, Mykolenko, Gray, Doucoure, Iwobi, McNeil, Gordon.

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Subs: Holgate, Keane, Allan, Begovic, Alli, Gbamin, Ruben Vinagre, Warrington, Mills.

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Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Sterling.

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Subs: Cucurella, Arrizabalaga, Kovacic, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Gallagher, Ziyech, Broja.

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Referee: Craig Pawson (England)

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Goodison Park is the venue for what those of us with no imagination are lazily labelling the Frank Lampard derby. Having kept Everton up last season, the former Chelsea midfielder-turned-manager is in the hot-seat for his first full season in charge at Goodison Park, even he has no shortage of detractors who give him little or no chance of seeing out the campaign.

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Under new ownership who seem happy to throw money around like confetti, this promises to be an intriguing first season in the post-Abramovich era for Chelsea. It kicks off on Merseyside at 5.30pm (BST)| but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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Everton have brought Burnley old boys Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski to Goodison Park, while Ruben Vinaigre is also in on loan from Sporting Lisbon. All three are available for selection today.

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Everton striker Dominic Calvert- Lewin is facing six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury he picked up in training earlier this week, while Salomon Rondon misses out this afternoon through a suspension he’s carried over from last season. Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Andros Townsend are also out with various injuries.

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Having lost Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, and with Marcos Alonso also looking to be on his way to the Camp Nou, Chelsea have brought in Kalidou Koulibali and Marc Cucarella to bolster their defence.

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Further up front, Raheem Sterling and Carney Chukwuemeka have arrived in the hope of filling their boots with goals. Rumoured to be on his way back to RB Leipzig, enthusiasm’s Timo Werner is Chelsea’s only fitness doubt as he’s suffering from a hamstring injury.

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Key events

11 min: Ben Godfrey appears to have injured himself quite seriously in that collision and is currently receiving treatment. Mason Holgate begins his warm-up.

10 minutes: Jordan Pickford sprints back to prevent an unmarked Ben Godfrey backpass from going out for a corner. He hacks the ball clear but only as far as Havertz, who steers the ball into the side-netting, colliding with Pickford and the trailing Godfrey in the process.

9 min: Chelsea enjoy a period of sustained possession that ends abruptly when Nathan Patterson outmuscles Kai Havertz and robs him of possession in Everton’s left-back area.

7 minutes: There isn’t much to report in these early stages as the teams take time to size each other up.

5 minutes: Correction: the stripes on Chelsea’s 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 headed a cross into the Chelsea box from the right touchline, but was unable to control the weak shot on target. Edouard Mendy shepherds the ball outside.

2 minutes: Everton advance and Vitally Mykolenko picks up the ball on the left touchline, but fails to get a cross. He plays it backwards.

Everton v Chelsea goes…

1 minute: Chelsea get the ball rolling, their players wear white shirts with light blue stripes, white shorts and blue socks. Everton wear their usual home kit of blue shirts, white shorts and white socks.

Not long now: Led by Craig Pawson and his match managers, Jordan Pickford and Cesar Azpilecueta lead the two teams out of the cramped Goodison Park tunnel. In the Sky Sports studio, former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson confidently tips his old club to take all three points. “Chelsea don’t win at Goodison,” he says.

Thomas Tuchel speaks: “It helps that the big day is coming, and so the focus has been fully on Everton,” he says of the 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 says “personality and quality”. He adds that the duo have “proved it to big clubs, Raheem has proven it in the Premier League time and time again.”

Frank Lampard speaks: “The fans have helped – they’re here before the game again, we can’t expect that every time but it’s great to see,” he told Sky Sports. “We got into a difficult position last season and we don’t want to be there again, but one thing we know is that Everton have to 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-up, with James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil starting for Everton, while Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling make their first official starts in Chelsea’s livery.

Signed from Rangers last season, Nathan Patterson lines up at right wing-back for Everton in just his second start for the club after undergoing ankle surgery not long after his arrival. Ben Chilwell is back for Chelsea after his long spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

Lineup between Everton and Chelsea

Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Mina, Godfrey, Mykolenko, Gray, Doucoure, Iwobi, McNeil, Gordon.

Subs: Holgate, Keane, Allan, Begovic, Alli, Gbamin, Ruben Vinagre, Warrington, Mills.

Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Sterling.

Subs: Cucurella, Arrizabalaga, Kovacic, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Gallagher, Ziyech, Broja.

Judge: Craig Pawson (England)

Today’s match leaders

  • Judge: Craig Pawson
  • Assistants: Marc Perry and Scott Ledger
  • Fourth official: Graham Scott
  • OUR: John Brooks
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Craig Pawson, pictured here during last weekend’s Community Shield, is today’s match manager at GOodison Park. Photo: Andrew Yates/EPA

Early team news…

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 on the sidelines with a knee injury he picked up in training earlier this week, while Salomon Rondon misses this afternoon due to a suspension he carried over from last season. Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Andros Townsend are also out with various injuries.

Having lost Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, and with Marcos Alonso also looking set to head to Camp Nou, Chelsea have brought in Kalidou Koulibali and Marc Cucarella to bolster their defence.

Further up front, Raheem Sterling and Carney Chukwuemeka have arrived hoping to fill their boots with goals. Rumored to be on his way back to RB Leipzig, Enthusiast’s Timo Werner is Chelsea’s only fitness doubt since he is suffering from a hamstring injury.

Premier League: Everton v Chelsea

Goodison Park is the venue for what those of us without imagination lazily call the Frank Lampard derby. Having kept Everton up last season, the former Chelsea midfielder turned manager is in the hot seat for his first full season in charge at Goodison Park, even he has no shortage of critics who give him little or no chance of seeing out campaign.

Under new ownership who seem happy to throw money around like confetti, this promises to be an exciting first season in the post-Abramovich era for Chelsea. It kicks off on Merseyside at 5.30pm (BST)| but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and builds.

Police escort the Everton team bus into Goodison Park.
Police escort the Everton team bus into Goodison Park. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

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