Everton vs Chelsea, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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Duncan Ferguson is taking charge - PA
Duncan Ferguson is taking charge - PA

What is it?

A Premier League clash between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park.

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It is Duncan Ferguson's first game in charge as Everton's interim manager after Farhad Moshiri, the club’s majority shareholder, made Marco Silva his fourth managerial sacking in under four years on Thursday.

When is it?

Saturday, December 7.

What time is kick-off?

12.30pm.

What TV channel is it on?

BT Sport 1 from 12pm.

What is the team news?

Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson has to contend with the same injury problems faced by the sacked Marco Silva as he seeks to halt their slump against Chelsea at Goodison Park.

Right-back Seamus Coleman (rib) and midfielder Fabian Delph (hamstring) are still sidelined.

There is also a doubt over defender Yerry Mina who limped away from Anfield after the Merseyside derby defeat which cost Silva his job.

Tammy Abraham should shake off a knock to feature for Chelsea.

The in-form England striker limped out of the closing stages of Wednesday's 2-1 home league win over Aston Villa, but is expected to be ready to take on the Toffees.

Ross Barkley is back in contention after illness, while the Everton clash comes just too soon for Antonio Rudiger who continues to inch back to match fitness after a pelvic problem.

Everton provisional squad: Pickford, Sidibe, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Davies, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Lossl, Baines, Mina, Walcott, Tosun, Kean, Calvert-Lewin.

Chelsea provisional squad: Arrizabalaga, Zouma, Emerson, James, Tomori, Kovacic, Willian, Kante, Pulisic, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Batshuayi, Caballero, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Gilmour, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Cumming.

What are the latest standings?

What are they saying?

Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson admits it is not realistic for him to get the job full-time at this stage:

"I'm a coach at the moment so I don't think that is something I am considering at this time.

"It is dream to be Everton manager but I am also realistic.

"Who wouldn't want to be manager of Everton? There will be many top managers want this job."

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he will look to strengthen in January after the club had its transfer ban lifted:

"It's a positive outcome for us; it allows us the potential to look at the market going forward.

"So I'm pleased from a footballing level. It was never my business to get involved in the reasons why or the legal side of it.

"So from my point of view, for the club moving forward, it's obviously a good thing.

"I haven't had that (recruitment) conversation yet because we couldn't buy.

"But the fact people have given us credit is that people expected less of us, so we have to give credit to the group that are working now.

"I still want more, I still feel we could have more points and be higher up the table, that's my feeling. As we go forward of course if I feel there are positions we can strengthen then we will obviously look at that, as all big clubs do.

"That's why people expected less of us this season, because lots of clubs around us and below us were spending £100 million and we didn't have that chance, and we lost Eden Hazard and two number nines.

"Now the picture's slightly changed and it's important that we get it right moving forward."

What are the odds?

  • Everton to win 5/2

  • Draw 11/4

  • Chelsea to win EVENS

What's our prediction?

If there is one man who can literally scare you into giving 110 per cent it is Duncan Ferguson. Everton will have to be at their very best to upset Frank Lampard's confident young team, but Goodison Park will be rocking to Ferguson's beat and there is definitely something to be said for a new (interim) manager 'bounce'.
Predicted score: Everton 1 Chelsea 0.

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