Everton grab crucial point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Blues prepare for tough match against Chelsea
Everton return to Premier League action this afternoon when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Blues head into this evening’s game on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brentford last time out, Dwight McNeil’s goal after 35 seconds the difference. Everton currently sit 15th in the Premier League table, one point above the drop zone. While Chelsea sit 10th, 11 points off the top four.
Calvert-Lewin set to miss Chelsea game
Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Blues boss Sean Dyche said Dominic Calvert-Lewin was to be monitored after being absent from training on Thursday. The forward “felt something” in his rehabilitation from a hamstring issue. Elsewhere, James Garner, who was an unused substitute in the win over Brentford, and Nathan Patterson could also return to his side’s matchday squad. Andros Townsend remains unavailable.
Live updates from Stamford Bridge
Kicking off at 5.30pm, and live on Sky Sports, Joe Thomas and Chris Beesley will both be at Stamford Bridge to bring you live updates on the action, as well as bringing you team news, analysis and reaction. Send your thoughts to @LivEchoEFC, subscribe to our FREE Everton FC newsletter, YouTube channel and listen to our Royal Blue Podcast.
Ellis Simms scores his first Everton goal to secure a point
It’s all over at Stamford Bridge and Everton have come away with a valuable point. Ellis Simms’ first Everton goal could prove to be pivotal come the end of the season. Chelsea have another corner right at the end of the game… Five additional minutes were signalled by the fourth official. Three minutes of the five have passed. Lovely goal for Everton as substitute Mykolenko picks out Doucoure who finds another sub Simms, who shrugs off Koulibaly of all people before slotting past Kepa.
Player ratings from Chris Beesley
Made smart saves from Kai Havertz either side of the break, the second from a header but was helpless to keep out Joao Felix’s low drive that went in off his left-hand post and was then sent the wrong way by Havertz from the penalty spot. Needed to rely on all his experience attempting to shackle the twin threats of Felix and Ben Chilwell down his flank but the captain produced another strong display in tough circumstances. Made some vital interceptions, including two in the space of a matter of seconds as Chelsea pushed forwards in waves, he still looks a bit rough around the edges at times, such as the moment that led to the penalty, but his height and physicality look well-suited for the task at hand. Had dealt with everything that came his way both in the air and on the deck before Felix’s goal and was unfortunate that his clearance only found its way to the Portuguese international’s feet. To read the rest of Chris Beesley’s ratings, click here.
Ellis Simms’ crucial goal
Substitute Ellis Simms fires past Kepa after being played in by Doucoure! Everton are level with one minute remaining! Chelsea have now made four of their five permitted subs as Joao Felix and Wesley Fofana are taken off for Trevoh Chalobah and Carney Chukwuemeka to come on. A low drive by McNeil flashes wide. Simms was lurking at the back post but could not stretch to make contact.