43 min: Raheem Sterling gets the ball in the net for Chelsea but has his effort ruled out for offside. It’s good news for Everton in general and Jordan Pickford in particular – England’s finest fumbled an N’Golo Kante shot into Sterling’s path.
41 min: Everton attack on there break and Demarai Gray tries to pick out Anthony Gordon in acres of space. Cool as a cucumber despite being the only defender behind, Thiago Silva sends out a leg to intercept the pass.
40 min: Mason cross in the Everton penalty area is wanted clear by Mason Holgate, who continues to be involved since coming on for Ben Godfrey.
38 min: Anthony Gordon pulls the ball back from the touchline trying to tee up Doucoure but Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva combine to shuffle it clear before he can launch a shot from seven or eight yards.
35 min: Kalidou Koulibaly is very unlucky to avoid a booking after grabbing a fistful of Anthony Gordon’s shirt and dragging the youngster to the ground as he tried to get away from him. He is penalized by Craig Pawson, who keeps his yellow card in his pocket.
32 min: Yerry Mina slides in to block a Kai Havertz attempt to square the ball across the face of the Everton goal. Angle for Chelsea. From that they score another, then another, with Holgate putting the ball out twice in quick succession. On the third occasion, it is Nathan Patterson who leads the inswinger clear.
30 min: Alex Iwobi is penalized for bringing down Raheem Sterling while pushing the Chelsea striker in the back. Free kick for Chelsea, almost in line with the right edge of the penalty area. Nothing comes of it as Everton explains.
28 min: A curling Mykolenko cross from the left finds the head of Anthony Gordon but the Everton No10 leans back and is unable to direct his header anywhere near the. Chelsea goal
27 min: Kai Havertz is dispossessed on a run down the right before he can deliver a cross to Raheem Sterling, who was waiting in the middle.
25 min: A header from Doucoure before Tarkowski’s effort means Everton have the better of proceedings, but the deadlock remains intact. Currently they have Chelsea corner to defend. They do this with minimal fuss.
22 min: Demarai Gray wins a corner for Everton and James Tarkowski brings a smart save from Edouard Mendy with a firm header, forcing the Chelsea goalkeeper tip the ball over the bar.
20 min: Koulibaly gets an important touch on a Demarai Gray cross to prevent the ball from falling into the path of Dwight McNeil who was lurking behind him. In front of Koulibaly, Anthony Gordon jumped highest but was unable to get a touch on the ball.
19 min: from that angle, Chelsea score another and then a third in quick succession. The ball breaks to Mason Mount on the edge of the box and his low drive is saved by Pickford, diving low to the right. The ball went wide but the Everton goalkeeper took no chances.
17 min: Ben Godfrey is carried off by the stretcher bearers, prompting more applause from the Everton fans. Mason Holgate comes in his place and has a corner to defend. It turns out Pickford didn’t keep the ball from going over the line after all.
15 min: There is a minute of applause for a young person Everton a fan named Izzy O’Connor who died recently aged 15. May she rest in peace.
15 min: The break in play continues as Godfrey continues to receive treatment down from the Everton goal
13 min: Having injured himself trying to clear a defensive mess of his own making, the hapless Ben Godfrey is given oxygen and is about to be stretchered off with what looks like a serious ankle injury. Hopefully it’s not too bad and he’ll have as quick a recovery as possible.
11 min: Ben Godfrey looks to have injured himself quite badly in that collision and is currently receiving treatment. Mason Holgate begins his warm-up.
10 min: Jordan Pickford sprints back to prevent an out-of-form Ben Godfrey back going out for a corner. He chops the ball clear but only as far as Havertz, who steers the ball into the side netting, colliding with Pickford and the backpedaling Godfrey in the process.
9 min: Chelsea enjoy a spell of sustained possession that ends abruptly when Nathan Patterson outmuscles Kai Havertz and robs him of possession in the Everton left-hand area.
7 min: There is nothing much to report in these early stages as the teams take time to grow each other.
5 min: Correction: the stripes on Chelsea’s away kit are not “light blue” they are – consult notes – “ice cold lion print”. Do lions have stripes? I always thought they were more of a zebra thing.
3 min: Abdoulaye Doucoure gets his head to a cross into the Chelsea penalty area from the right wing but is unable to direct his feeble effort goalwards. Edouard Mendy grazes the ball wide.
2 min: Everton advance and Vitally Mykolenko takes the ball on the left touchline but is unable to get in a cross. He plays it backwards.
1 min: Chelsea get the ball rolling, their players wearing white shirts with light blue stripes, white shorts and blue socks. Everton wear their usual home kit of blue shirts, white shorts and white socks.
Not long now: Led by Craig Pawson and his match officials, Jordan Pickford and Cesar Azpilecueta lead the two teams out of the narrow Goodison Park tunnel. In the Sky Sports studio, former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson confidently tips his old club to take all three points. “Chelsea don’t win at Goodison,” he declares.
Thomas Tuchel speaks: “” It helps to have the big day coming up and so the focus was fully on Everton,” he says of his side’s preparations. “That helped us calm down, calm down doing hard work and focus.
Asked what Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly bring to Chelsea, he says “personality and quality”. He adds that the duo “proved it for big clubs, Raheem proved it in the Premier League again and again.”
Frank Lampard speaks: “The fans have helped – they’re here again before the game, we can’t expect it every time but it’s great to see,” he tells Sky Sports. “We ended up in a difficult position last season and we don’t want to be there again, but one thing we know is that Everton there must be a team and a club that fights on the pitch in the right way.”
These teams: There are four debutants in the starting lineups, with James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil starting for Everton, while Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling make their first official starts in the livery of Chelsea.
Signed by Rangers last season, Nathan Patterson lines up at right wing-back for Everton in what is only his second start for the club after undergoing ankle surgery not too long after his arrival. Ben Chilwell is back for Chelsea after his long spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.
Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Mina, Godfrey, Mykolenko, Gray, Doucoure, Iwobi, McNeil, Gordon.
Subscribers: Holgate, Keane, Allan, Begovic, Alli, Gbamin, Ruben Vinagre, Warrington, Mills.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Sterling.
Subscribers: Cucurella, Arrizabalaga, Kovacic, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Gallagher, Ziyech, Broja.
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
Today’s match officials
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Assistants: Marc Perry and Scott Ledger
- Fourth official: Graham Scott
- WAS: John Brooks
Everton have brought old Burnley boys Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski to Goodison Park, while Ruben Vinaigre is also on loan from Sporting Lisbon. All three are available for selection today.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin faces six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury he picked up in training earlier this week, while Salomon Rondon misses out this afternoon with a suspension he carried over from last season. Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Andros Townsend are also out with various injuries.
Having lost Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, and with Marcos Alonso also looking to be on his way to the Camp Nou, Chelsea brought in Kalidou Koulibali and Marc Cucarella to strengthen their defence.
Further forward, Raheem Sterling and Carney Chukwuemeka arrived hoping to fill their boots with goals. Rumored to return to RB Leipzig, Timo Werner of enthusiasm is the only doubt over Chelsea’s fitness as he suffers from a hamstring injury.
Goodison Park is the venue for what those of us without imagination lazily label the Frank Lampard derby. Having held Everton last season, the first Chelsea midfielder turned manager is in the hot seat for his first full season in charge at Goodison Park, even he has no shortage of detractors who give him little or no chance to see the campaign out.
Under new ownership who seem happy to throw money around like confetti, this promises to be an intriguing first season in the post-Abramovich era for Chelsea. It kicks off on Merseyside at 5.30pm (BST)| but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.