Chelsea kept Tuchel-ball rolling with a 2-0 win over Everton on Monday, which means that only is the new head coach still unbeaten after eleven games (with eight wins) in all competitions, his defense remains practically unscathed, with only two goals conceded, one of which was an own goal.
That primary defensive trio look like a well-oiled machine, which will make it interesting if and when Thiago Silva’s ready to return from his injury — which could be this weekend, at long last. Tammy Abraham’s ankle knock is the only other uncertainty as far as availabilities are concerned in the squad at the moment.
Chelsea’s back-to-back wins over Merseyside has seen us remain in fourth, though things remain very tight and congested in the top-four race. Since we are up first this weekend — lunchtime on Saturday — we have a good chance of keeping that impetus going and putting pressure on all the rest to keep up. Leicester (3rd, three points ahead with a worse goal difference), Manchester United (2nd, four points ahead), and West Ham (5th, two points behind but with a game-in-hand) all play on Sunday, with the latter two against each other, even.