Premier League: Chelsea vs Everton 16/12/21 – Full Match Report

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

19-year-old Jarred Branthwaite steals a crucial point for an out of form Everton at Stamford Bridge.


Written by Yendi (@ftblYendi).

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@Bellenie Sport).


Pre-game:

Chelsea are once again trying to recapture their form following a poor display against Leeds.


A penalty in the dying stages of the game allowed them the Blues to escape with a valuable win that saw the London club continue to apply the pressure on those above them.


For Everton, a 3-1 thrashing at the hands of Crystal Palace last time out saw them remain in a troubling spell of form, with questions being asked about Rafa Benitez, and anxieties regarding relegation surfacing.


In the last meeting between the two teams, Thomas Tuchel’s honeymoon period was supplemented with a win on home soil against the Toffees. Before that, Everton played a formative role in the slide in form that saw Frank Lampard lose his job.


Everton’s well documented injuries continued to hinder them going into the fixture. The Merseyside club head to Stamford Bridge without crucial players, which includes Dominic Calvert-Lewis and Richarlison.


For Chelsea, an unexpected COVID outbreak struck the front line which saw a shuffled frontline for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.


In addition to Ben Chilwell and Romelu Lukaku; Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi both tested positive over the course of the last two days. Alongside the stated absentees, Mateo Kovačić also remains out following a positive test on his way back from injury.


First half:

As one would expect with Everton’s depleted squad, Chelsea began the game dominating possession. The absence of a recognized finisher was embarrassingly obvious. First half chances fell to a catalogue of Blues players such as Reece James – who in the 5th minute who failed to capitalize on a one-on-one.


Christian Pulisic also had a opportunity to find the opener, but his industrious effort was easily saved by Jordon Pickford.


The biggest chance of all fell to the in-form Mason Mount, who was put through one-on-one with the freedom of London in the Everton box. The 22-year-old was however denied by Pickford 10 minutes from the half-time whistle.


Everton would only manage a shot deep into the half. A counterattack that was well defended resulted in a shot from outside the box, which was easily gathered by Édouard Mendy.

Second half:

The story of the first half continued in the second.


The hosts, to their credit, showed ingenuity in creating chances for the unorthodox front three. However, wasteful finishing continued to plague the side.


The breakthrough would come on the 70th minute, as Reece James played Mason Mount through in a one-on-one situation, and this time the Englishman would deliver a cool finish at the near post to give Chelsea the lead.


The goal allows Mount to continue his hot run of form. The midfielder has now scored four goals in his last four Premier League games as the 2020/21 Chelsea Men’s Player of the Year moves his tally to seven for the campaign.

The lead unfortunately would not even last five minutes, before an Anthony Gordon deep fre- kick would catch the Chelsea defence ball watching – leaving the 19-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite with an easy tap in at the far post, handing him his first ever Everton goal.

Chelsea would put Everton under the cosh. Thiago Silva forced a fine save from Pickford before the final whistle, but the England international kept his side with a chance of a surprise point.


However, despite their dominance, the damage of the wasted chances in the first half was done, and the honours were even in the end.

After the whistle:

Everton will see this as a huge boost to their top half finish ambitions. Being a able to ride a storm for 90 mins at Stamford Bridge with a severely underhanded squad will definitely be seen as a sign of hope for the Toffees. Despite the smash and grab manner, their ability to get results cannot be understated.


For Chelsea, being four points off the league leaders Manchester City is not necessarily the end of the world – especially during the hectic Christmas period. However, the fact of the matter is results need to start improving if the Blues are to compete for silverware this campaign.

Chelsea are beginning to have issues with defending their leads in matches, which is a reason for their recent mini crisis in recent games. Given that Chelsea were a notoriously stubborn team in the first few months of the Thomas Tuchel era, this defensive slide will raise concerns for the manager.


The upcoming games will be extremely crucial to any title ambitions that remain. Fixtures against Wolves, Aston Villa, Brighton and then Liverpool will probably define the season, with Tuchel under pressure to find results should Chelsea stand a chance of remaining in the title race.


Final score:

Chelsea 1-1 Everton

- Mount (70’)

- Branthwaite (74’)


BBC Sports Player of the match:

Jarred Branthwaite (Everton).


Line-ups:

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta © (79’), Silva, Rüdiger; James, Loftus-Cheek (65’), Jorginho, Alonso (65’); Mount, Ziyech; Pulisic

- Subs: Barkley (65’), Saùl (65’), Chalobah (79’).


Everton (5-4-1): Pickford; Kenny, Holgate, Keane ©, Branthwaite, Godfrey; Iwobi, Doucouré, Gomes (70’), Gordon (90’); Simms (62’).

- Subs: Dobbin (62’), Gbamin (70’), Onyango (90’).


BBC Sport Player of the game:

Jarred Branthwaite (Everton).


Referee:

Michael Oliver


Attendance:

39,933


Possession:

Chelsea (80%) vs Everton (20%).


Shots:

Chelsea (23) vs Everton (5).


Shots on target:

Chelsea (10) vs Everton (3).


Corners:

Chelsea (7) vs Everton (1).


Fouls:

Chelsea (11) vs Everton (11).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match highlights:

- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).

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