Chelsea vs. Everton: Time, TV, streaming, lineups, betting odds for EPL Matchday 17

As Manchester City dumped goals against Leeds United on Tuesday, they also put pressure on the rest of the Premier League’s top three finishers.

Currently five points behind the league leaders, Chelsea (third, 36 points) have a chance to shore things up defensively as the Blues host a struggling Everton (14th, 18 points) at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

The Blues sought to sport one of the league’s best defensive units for much of the first few months, conceding just four goals in their first 12 league games. In the last four, however, they have conceded seven times, plus another three against Zenit St. Petersburg in a meaningless Champions League game last week. Rumors that influential defender Antonio Rudiger has turned down a new contract offer will also be disturbing.

This midweek game is an opportunity not only to stitch things up in the back, but also to further bury former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez, who is currently captaining what appears to be a sinking ship at Everton.

The Toffees are still seven points above the drop and still don’t seem to be doing well and truly in a relegation battle, but they only have one win and five total points accumulated since early October and any further slippage could put them in between. playing for their lives in the Premier League.

How to watch Chelsea vs. Everton

  • Date: Thursday December 16
  • Hour: 2:45 pm ET
  • Television channel: NBCSN
  • Spanish television: Universe
  • Transmission: fuboTV (7-day free trial), NBCSports.com (authenticated users)

The game will be broadcast on NBCSN (English) and Universo (Spanish), with both channels. broadcast on fuboTV, which is available to new users in a 7-day free trial.

The game can also be streamed on NBCSports.com for authenticated cable, satellite or telecommunications subscribers.

Chelsea vs. Everton squad news

Chelsea’s midfield has taken some recent blows as both have dealt with injuries while testing positive for COVID-19. This has pushed people like, and roles off the bench, with Loftus-Cheek seeing four consecutive 90-minute appearances.

However, the regulars may be back. Kovacic has been out since late October with a hamstring injury and must return when declared virus-free, while Kante has returned to training and is close to recovering from his sprained knee. Still, it would be surprising to see them in the starting lineup Thursday, with a bench spot much more likely to facilitate their returns.

On offense, he has come off the bench in the last four games, but a midweek match against his former club is exactly the kind of place his fresh legs could thrive. Additionally, manager Thomas Tuchel may have rotated 37-year-olds out of the team, having started each of the last eight league games and finished the full 90 minutes in seven of them. He would come off the bench to spell out the Brazilian, having only seen 90 minutes of league action this season.

Mendy – Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta – Alonso, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, James – Mount, Lukaku, Havertz

Everton received brutal news after the loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday, with talisman out of several weeks with a torn calf. The Brazilian was withdrawn just before the scheduled time, and now Everton will have to fight without his offensive influence. That leaves him as Everton’s new forward for the holiday season, with the Venezuelan scoring his first goal of the season in the weekend’s relief appearance.

To make matters worse, he is likely to remain on the sidelines as rumors swirl through the tabloids of an infighting with Benitez and an impending January raid by his own opponents at Stamford Bridge. He has lost the last two games, leaving the natural center back as a substitute on the left.

The critical trio of, and are also out with various injuries, leaving Everton brutally thin.

Pickford – Godfrey, Keane, Holgate, Coleman – Delph – Gray, Gomes, Doucoure, Townsend – Rondon

Chelsea vs Everton betting odds & predictions

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Chelsea may not come to this match in spectacular fashion, but we saw what happened at the Etihad when a title contender (Manchester City) welcomes an injury-exhausted team (Leeds) to their home stronghold, and this match has everything that makes it equally unbalanced. Everton’s defense has been tragic, sending 12 goals in their last five games since the last clean sheet in the league was against Spurs more than a month ago. The loss of Yerry Mina has been palpable.

Up front for the Toffees, Rondon may have scored off the bench against Palace over the weekend, but the 32-year-old’s reintroduction to the Premier League hasn’t gone well, with just that single goal to show for 640 minutes of effort in the league. play. Now Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin are missing, plus Alex Iwobi’s lack of form, and it will be a perfect game for Chelsea’s bottom line.

Tuchel has a mostly healthy squad, especially up front, and he smells blood in the water. Expect a lopsided affair, although Tuchel may close things out before Pep Guardiola did it against Leeds.

: Chelsea Asian Handicap -2 (+130)

: Chelsea 3, Everton 0

  • Money line: Chelsea -475 / Draw +550 / Everton +1300
  • Smeared: Chelsea -1.5 (-140) / Everton +1.5 (+125)
  • O / U 2.5 total goals: Over -150 / Under +120
  • Both teams will score: Yes +145 / No -190