BBC pundit states his prediction for Everton v Chelsea FC
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to play out a 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to earn a point against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues made a return to winning ways on Wednesday night thanks to a 2-1 victory over promoted side Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount ended a three-game run without a win to cement their six-point advantage over fifth-placed Wolves.
Chelsea FC have won nine of their 15 Premier League games since Frank Lampard took over the reins from Maurizio Sarri in the summer.
Only Premier League leaders Liverpool FC and defending champions Manchester City have a better away record than Chelsea FC.
Everton lost 5-2 to Liverpool FC in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday night before Marco Silva was sacked on Thursday.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Everton to bounce back from holding Chelsea FC to a 1-1 stalemate at Goodison Park on Saturday.
“Things just went from bad to worse for Marco Silva so it was no surprise to see him sacked by Everton on Thursday. Whatever he tried, it was just not working,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Duncan Ferguson has been named as the Toffees’ temporary manager for this game and I think we will see a reaction from their players, just because there will be someone different in charge, even if it is not Silva’s permanent successor.
“Chelsea are going well and picked up another three points against Aston Villa but, now they have made the change, I just fancy Everton to get something from this one.”
Chelsea FC lost 2-1 to Manchester City at The Etihad last month to end a seven-game winning run in the Premier League.
The Blues drew 2-2 with Valencia in the Champions League before a surprise 1-0 loss to West Ham last weekend.
Chelsea FC have won five of their last six Premier League games on the road.
Their only away defeats have come at Manchester City and Manchester United.