Everton are playing host to Chelsea in the first round of the 2022-2023 English Premier League at 00:30 on Aug 7, Beijing time.
Everton have struggled last season, ranking 18th in the table with 29 points, with 8 wins, 5 draws and 19 defeats. In the offseason, Everton brought in Burnley winger Mcneil, centre-back Tarkovsky for free, and left-back Vinagre on loan from Sporting Clube de Portugal.
The overall strength of Everton has declined. Manager Frank Lampard, who has been in charge for half a season, is already well acquainted with the team and will be keen to take on his former club Chelsea.
On the other hand, Chelsea had a very difficult season, but managed to finish 3rd in the table and qualified for the UEFA CL. They have also invested a lot in the squad this summer, but the new lineup has yet to be worked in.
Before the new season, Everton got 2 wins and 2 defeats in 4 friendlies, while Chelsea won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. Judging from these warm-up games, neither team has been at its best in preparation, making this season opener full of suspense.
Chelsea have won one, drawn one and lost two of their last four Premier League encounters with Everton. Visiting such strong rivals, Chelsea manager Tuchel may find it will be a challenge.
Lampard, who had managed Chelsea before, is familiar with the style of many their players, amking it easier to develop targeted tactics.
To sum up, Everton are expected to keep unbeaten in this home game.