Desperate to get one over his former club to aid his current side’s survival bid, Frank Lampard’s Everton prepare for battle against Chelsea in Sunday’s Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.
The Toffees went down 2-0 to Merseyside rivals Liverpool in last weekend’s derby, while the Blues had to settle for a 1-1 draw versus Manchester United in midweek.
Keeping Liverpool at bay for over an hour at Anfield is no mean feat whatsoever, but the relentless pressure of Jurgen Klopp’s side was soon rewarded in the Merseyside derby, as Everton’s relegation fears deepened following a 2-0 loss last weekend.
It was a tale of two headers at Anfield, as Andy Robertson and Toffees nemesis Divock Origi came up with the goods in the second 45 to leave Everton below the dotted line, but their survival destiny is technically still in their own hands heading into the final straight.
While Lampard’s side are sitting 18th at present, they are two points behind Burnley with one game in hand, although the Clarets could temporarily increase that gap to five in their relegation six-pointer with a hapless Watford side on Saturday.
As the worst away side in the Premier League this season, Everton will certainly welcome a return to home comforts at Goodison Park, where they have taken seven points from the last nine on offer in clashes with Newcastle United, Manchester United and Leicester City in recent weeks.
Ironically, the last time that Everton started a Premier League game in the relegation zone saw them run out 3-1 winners at home to Chelsea in December 2019, and Lampard has all the motivation needed to sink the side that lauded him as a player and let him go as a manager.