Mark Lawrenson has predicted Chelsea to win on Saturday night on their trip to Goodison Park, as they visit Everton in the Premier League.
After a midweek win to finish top in the Champions League group stages, the Blues are back in domestic action this weekend and Everton away has been a difficult fixture in recent times for them.
Frank Lampard’s side go into the contest with 13 points from their previous five league games though and are third in the table, while ninth-placed Everton have earned just four points in their previous five fixtures.
Chelsea are just two points behind the top two Tottenham and Liverpool right now, but will temporarily go top Saturday night if they win on the road.
Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 scoreline in Chelsea’s favour against their upcoming Merseyside opponents.
The BBC pundit has suggested that the qualify of Chelsea on the counter-attack could be a big factor in the game in winning three points.
“There are question marks over Everton’s defence so this is not a good time for them to be playing a Chelsea side who are playing well, scoring plenty of goals and on an unbeaten run of 17 games,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“You can still get at Chelsea, but they have really tightened up. Frank Lampard’s side are really good on the break and that might be how they hurt Everton here.”
Chelsea have the players such as Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi to be a real danger on the break, but it will be a surprise if they don’t dominate the ball.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, who is still a popular figure around Stamford Bridge from his time as Chelsea boss, is far too intelligent to allow the likes of Werner big spaces in behind.