Chelsea vs Everton: Line-ups
Chelsea Appear Too Strong
Thomas Tuchel’s hosts are all but assured of a top-four place following a 2-1 victory over champions-elect Manchester City last time out, while Arsenal kept their fleeting European hopes alive by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-1.
In what may have been a sign of things to come in the highly-anticipated Champions League final – wherever it may be held – Chelsea’s astonishing away record saw them over the line against Man City.
The Champions League crown is of course the ultimate prize for Chelsea and the charismatic Thomas Tuchel, who also has an FA Cup final showdown with Leicester City on May 15 to take into account, but the Blues’ top-four standing is all but wrapped up and a derby win would cement their position among the big boys.
Barring an end-of-season miracle, Arsenal’s 25-year spell on the continental stage will come to a bitter end in the 2021-22 campaign, and it is not just the much-maligned owners KSE who are coming under increasing scrutiny in North London. Gunners fans once again protested against the American-led regime before Sunday’s Premier League battle with West Brom, but the pressure continues to pile on rookie coach Mikel Arteta, who is already planning for a major summer overhaul after a dismal season.
While Arsenal enjoyed success against Lampard’s Chelsea, they are yet to face the resilient and free-flowing unit marshalled by Tuchel, whose side are the clear favourites for this derby. Arteta will continue to be scrutinised following every underwhelming result from hereon in, but the Spaniard’s side may simply be overwhelmed by Chelsea’s strength in depth and dogged defence, so it’s likely that the hosts comfortably get the job done.