The 2022-23 Premier League season kicks off on Saturday, with Everton hosting Chelsea in the late kickoff at Goodison Park.
For the first time since 1999, the Toffees finished outside the top four, as Chelsea finished third and five points clear of fifth-place Arsenal.
At 16 points above the relegation zone, Everton concluded the 2021-22 Premier League season just four points over the club’s lowest point total.
Since their last season as potential European contenders, the Toffees are one of just six Premier League teams to remain unrelegated. After being signed in January, Frank Lampard has contributed to ensure the team’s security.
The 2021-22 campaign came to a close with a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Gunners.
Everton have only brought in three new players during the current transfer window: James Tarkowski, Dwight McNeil, and Sporting Lisbon loanee Ruben Vinagre.
A win over his former club, Chelsea, would put him in position to face Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Brentford, and Leeds United in the coming weeks.
The fact that Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season despite its ownership issues ensures that they will play in the Champions League again this season.
Four new players joined the Blues this summer, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Gabriel Slonina, but they still lack a central striker after Romelu Lukaku decided to extend his loan with Inter Milan.
As a result of Thomas Tuchel’s dissatisfaction with the preseason, both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left the club on free transfers this summer.
On their preseason tour of the United States, the London giants went into this match with a win over Udinese (3-1) the night before. However, they also lost to Charlotte FC and Arsenal. Tuchel was not pleased with Arsenal’s 4-0 victory.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will meet for the second time this season on Sunday. Clubs begin their seasons with high expectations, but it’s not clear if they’re ready for the challenge.
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