A familiar face greets Chelsea on the opening day of the new Premier League season as Frank Lampard plots the downfall of his former team at Goodison Park this evening. The Blues head to Merseyside for their 2022-23 opener after a summer of mass change and transfer chaos that has left them in something of an uncertain state as the campaign gets underway.
While there are inevitably more signings to come, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly could make their competitive Chelsea debuts under Thomas Tuchel today, while Marc Cucurella is also available to play after beating the deadline on Friday. Everton, meanwhile, are dealing with a striker crisis with Dominic Calvert-Lewin sidelined for six weeks, deputy Salomon Rondon serving a suspension and no replacement having yet arrived for Richarlison.
The Toffees are being tipped to struggle again this season, but they do at least boast a strong recent home record against today’s opponents, winning each of the last four top-flight contests on this ground. Follow Everton vs Chelsea LIVE below, with Nizaar Kinsella in attendance!
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Hello and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage as Chelsea begin their 2022-23 Premier League campaign this afternoon.
The Blues are on Merseyside this evening, looking to shake off the effects of a chaotic summer full of change and transfer uncertainty with a positive result against an Everton side marshalled by club legend Frank Lampard who are tipped to struggle badly once again this term without major surgery between now and the September 1 deadline.
Kick-off today is at 5:30pm BST, so follow along for match build-up, team news and live updates, with expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Goodison Park!