Premier League Preview for Chelsea v Everton along with Predictions for the matches on week 38 of the EPL. Follow up each match with results and video highlights posted later in the week. You can also check out the weekly EPL TV Schedule.
Both teams are mostly safe in where they will finish at the end of this season. Everton cannot get any higher or lower than sixth place while Chelsea have secured Champions League football with a fourth place finish at the very least, and that only if they lose.
Everton have bid their Goodison Park farewell to David Moyes as he moves on to Manchester United. They managed to beat West Ham last week in that final home match for Moyes. In their last ten matches they are 6-3-1, which is quite good, but the draws this season (the most in the EPL) are what have done them in and kept them out of the race for a top four position.
They will be playing Europa League football next season, but will need to strengthen, especially for the bench, if they want to do well in multiple competitions.
Chelsea will come into Sunday’s match as the 2013 Europa League Champions after beating Benfica 2-1 with a last minute header. It is always possible that the additional game and the emotion of playing in a cup final could finally catch up with them, but they have continued to grind out results in this second half of the season, despite playing in so many competitions and so many games this year.
Chelsea do still need a win to ensure that they finish in third place and get an automatic Champions League place, rather than having to play qualifiers. My prediction is for a final win for David Moyes at Everton. I’m sure he will put out a strong enough side and make sure they get a win. Chelsea could be more emotionally drained come Sunday following their Europa League win. It should be a good match and either club has a good chance to get a win or cancel each other out for a draw..
Chelsea (L, W, W, D, W, W, D, W) 1 – 2 Everton (W, D, W, D, L, W, D, W)
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