11 minutes: Ben Godfrey appears to have been seriously injured in the collision and is currently receiving treatment. Mason Holgate begins his warm-up.
10 minutes: Jordan Pickford sprints back to prevent a no-look Ben Godfrey backpass from going for a corner. He hacks the ball clear but only to Havertz, who heads the ball into the side netting, colliding with Pickford and coaster Godfrey in the process.
9 minutes: Chelsea enjoy a period of sustained possession which ends abruptly when Nathan Patterson overtakes Kai Havertz and deprives him of possession in Everton’s left-back area.
7 minutes: There’s not much to report in these early stages as the teams take the time to gauge each other.
5 minutes : Fix: Stripes on Chelsea away kit are not ‘light blue’, they are – see notes – ‘icy lion print’. Do lions have stripes? I always thought they were more of a zebra thing.
3 minutes: Abdoulaye Doucoure heads a cross into the CHelsea penalty area from the right touchline but is unable to direct his feeble effort towards goal. Edouard Mendy heads the ball wide.
2 minutes : Everton advance and Vitaly Mykolenko collects the ball on the left touchline but is unable to cross. He plays it backwards.
1 minute: Chelsea get the ball rolling, their players wearing white shirts with light blue stripes, white shorts and blue socks. Everton are wearing their usual home kit of blue shirts, white shorts and white socks.
Not long now: Led by Craig Pawson and his referees, 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 advises his former club to take the three points. “Chelsea are not winning at Goodison,” he said.
Thomas Tuchel speaks: “It helps the big day to come and so the focus has been all on Everton,” he says of his team’s preparations. and concentrate.
Asked what Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly bring to Chelsea, he replied “personality and quality”. He adds that the duo “proved it for the big clubs, Raheem has proven it time and time again in the Premier League”.
Franck Lampard speaks: “The fans helped – they’re here again before the game, we can’t expect that every time, but it’s great to see,” he told Sky Sports. “We found ourselves in a difficult position last season and we don’t want to be there again, but one thing we know is that Everton have to be a team and a club that fights on the pitch in the right way. .”
These teams: There are four debutants in the starting line-ups, with James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil leaving for Everton, while Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling make their first official starts in Chelsea livery.
Signed from Rangers last season, Nathan Patterson lines up at right-back for Everton in what is only his second start for the club after undergoing ankle surgery shortly after joining. 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.
Subtitles: Holgate, Keane, Allan, Begovic, Alli, Gbamin, Ruben Vinagre, Warrington, Mills.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Sterling.
Subtitles: Cucurella, Arrizabalaga, Kovacic, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Gallagher, Ziyech, Broja.
Arbitrator: Craig Pawson (England)
Today’s match officials
- Arbitrator: Craig Pawson
- Assistants: Marc Perry and Scott Ledger
- Fourth official: Graham Scott
- HAS BEEN: John Brooks
Everton have brought Burnley old 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 out with a knee injury he picked up in training earlier this week, while Salomon Rondon is out this afternoon due to a a suspension he carried over from last season. Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Andros Townsend are also out with various injuries.
After losing Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, and with Marcos Alonso also looking to move to Camp Nou, Chelsea have brought in Kalidou Koulibali and Marc Cucarella to bolster their defence.
Further up front, Raheem Sterling and Carney Chukwuemeka arrived hoping to fill their boots with goals. Rumor has it Timo Werner of Enthusiasm is on his way back to RB Leipzig.
Goodison Park is the location of what those of us without imagination lazily call the Frank Lampard derby. After holding down Everton last season, the former Chelsea midfielder-turned-manager is in the hot seat for his first full season in charge at Goodison Park, although there is no shortage of detractors who give him little to no chance. to see the countryside.
Under new owners who seem happy to throw cash like confetti, it promises to be an intriguing first season in the post-Abramovich era for Chelsea. It starts in Merseyside at 5.30pm (BST) | but stay tuned in the meantime for team and build news.