Everton will look to end the 24 year wait for a Premier League win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Sunday and show that Marco Silva can beat one of the top six away from home early on in his Everton career.
Not since Paul Rideout’s goal in November 1994 have Everton tasted a league win over Chelsea in their own back yard, but the odds of Everton getting that result are unusually short, with Bet138 offering 13/2 for an Everton win.
The Blues have come close in recent years, with Chelsea only being saved in 2016 by an offside, handballed goal scored by a lucky-to-still-be-on-the-pitch John Terry in the 97th minute, which saved a point for the home side and sparked the decline of Roberto Martinez at Everton.
It was, though on 11th November 2007 that perhaps the most memorable of Everton goals was scored at The Bridge, by Tim Cahill.
The Blues had just gone a goal down when James McFadden fired in a cross which Cahill controlled wonderfully before turning and scoring from 6 yards with an overhead kick.
In fact, the 11th November is a date which has seen Everton face Chelsea more than any other side, with this season’s meeting being the fourth between the two sides on that date.
The two sides have a win each, although Martin Dobson and Andy King scored in Everton’s win on that day 40 years ago.
Everton’s last win on November 11th came in the 2000/01 season when Gary Naysmith scored against Bradford in a rare away win that season.
If Marco Silva is to get a win out of his side on Sunday he will be only the second Premier League manager to lead Everton to a win at Stamford Bridge in 27 attempts.
He has no new injury worries to concern him, however, and will be boosted by the fact that James McCarthy played a substantial part of the 4-0 win over Gor Mahia at Goodison Park this week.
On loan defender Kurt Zouma is ineligible to play against his parent club, and Silva gave minutes to three potential replacements during midweek, although Colombian Yerry Mina is most likely to step in after Phil Jagielka continued to look unfit and Mason Holgate’s minutes were at right back.
Richarlison will want to retain his place up front after getting back to scoring ways last time out with a brace against Brighton, and Ademola Lookman has continued his quest for a first team start with his performance in midweek, giving Silva the kind of selection headaches that all managers want.
Our prediction? Everton to win and both teams to score (10/1 with 138)