Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Everton
The Liverpool FC legend is backing Chelsea FC to continue their excellent home record against Everton on Sunday
Mark Lawrenson doesn’t expect Chelsea FC to have any problems against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues are in the Premier League title race despite having changed their manager in the summer after Maurizio Sarri took over the reins from Antonio Conte.
Chelsea FC have collected 27 points from their opening 11 Premier League games to leave the west London side just two points behind leaders Manchester City.
Sarri’s men were 1-0 winners against BATE Borisov in Belarus on Thursday night to ensure the Blues remain unbeaten in the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League this season.
Oliver Giroud scored a second-half winner to give Sarri a selection headache ahead of the visit of Everton given both of his strikers are now in goal-scoring form.
Everton have won three of their last four Premier League games to hoist themselves up to ninth place in the Premier League table.
The only blemish on their record in recent weeks is a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes Chelsea FC will secure a 2-0 win over the Toffees to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games on Sunday afternoon.
“Everton got a good win against Brighton last week and played really well too,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“But scoring goals against the Seagulls at home is completely different to doing it at Stamford Bridge and it is hard to see past a Chelsea win here.
“There is still a question mark over Blues striker Alvaro Morata, despite his goals against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
“Chelsea FC have only dropped points in stalemates with West Ham United, Liverpool FC and Manchester United this season, drawing their games against their top-four rivals at Stamford Bridge.”
Lawrenson added: “It was a good day for Morata, but he has had plenty of bad days too, and he needs to repeat that kind of form in the next 10 games to prove himself.
“The good news for Chelsea is that they know they can always rely on Eden Hazard to get them out of trouble if they need it.”
The Blues could hoist themselves to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday if they can better Liverpool FC’s result against Fulham ahead of the Manchester derby later on Sunday evening.
The west London side failed to finish in the top four last term but look in a good position to secure a return to the Champions League this season.