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Everton vs Chelsea – 3 key battles ahead of the Goodison showdown.

Subair Adams




Everton welcomes the Blues at home as there are massive expectations regarding this fixture. It’s arguably the star match of the weekend as Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal are not in action in the League this weekend.

This is also real with the fact that Liverpool travels to face lowly placed Fulham at Craven Cottage. All said and done both managers will be pressing the tactical switch as the game draws closer by the minutes.

But there are players whose battle and pitch contention will be the epitome (highpoints) of the 90 minutes encounter come kick-off –  Let’s take a look at them below.

On this note, we take a look at the key battles as the host Everton entertains Chelsea at home.

Gylfi Sigurdsson Vs N’golo Kante

This is a battle of the midfield as Kante squares up with Everton’s influential midfield player on the pitch. Marco Silva will be hoping that Gylfi Sigurdsson will be at his element against the Blues as this will be an advantage to the Toffees at home.

But that desire (wish) may well be put to the test by French star N’golo Kante who loves to do the dirty job especially in big games like this one.

So expect him to be a thorn on Sigurdsson’s shoulder as he (Kante) does the running and the break-up play in order to initiate an attacking move for his Chelsea side.

Seamus Coleman Vs Eden Hazard

The talented right-back likened to (now) City’s right-back Kyle Walker will be available for this match.

This promises to be a big duel between him (Coleman) and (Eden) as he’s got the pace to track back in defending after some of his overlapping moves as he’s used to on the right channel.

However, Hazard’s game mastery may prove too good for the Irish international especially when there is space for a counter-attack.

The Belgian has his way of evading defenders and challenges in transition while also shielding the ball to great perfection.

All these will come into play as Seamus Coleman tackles Eden Hazard on (Goodison turf) Merseyside this weekend.

Richarlison (De Andrade) Vs David Luiz

This promises to be contested in the Chelsea danger areas as Antoine Rudiger and Ademola Lookman may do well to help their teammates in this tussle.

It’s a Brazilian affair as we look forward to a Samba contention (atmosphere) probably in the Chelsea defence.

Luiz’s skill and aerial anticipation will be needful here as he tackles his compatriot on the pitch. How about Richarlison’s agility and composure in the box?

This will be needed as he will be ready to punish any defensive slack from Chelsea just like he’s done in his days at former club Watford, as in the 4-2 loss to the Blues under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

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