huhello and welcome to coverage from Goodison Park as Everton host Chelsea.
Frank Lampard heads into tonight’s fixture without a recognized central attacker after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.
Salomon Rondon has been suspended for the visit of Lampard’s former club, while Richarlison has been sold to Tottenham.
Everton avoided relegation to the Championship on the penultimate day of last season after coming from two goals behind to win at Crystal Palace.
Dwight McNeil, James Tarkowski and Ruben Vinagre have bolstered Everton’s squad for the new campaign.
But Lampard, who took over from the sacked Rafael Benitez in January, has warned that his side must improve to avoid another relegation scrap.
“We must work on every side of our game to be sure that we are not in a situation like we were in last season,” said the 44-year-old.
“It’s nice to have a relative clean slate. I never felt that we had that in my period at the club and that is important, because it should hopefully give us a fresh idea and feeling of confidence.
“We are all level, while at times last year it felt like we were chasing, especially if you’re five points from safety. That’s something we overcame and that’s testament to the group of players we have, the club and fans.
“There are still things I want us to do going forward to try to make us play more the way I want us to play – to be more consistent in what we can deliver.
“That will be a mixture of work on the training pitch and the players we can hopefully strengthen the squad with.
“We are working on and off the pitch and trying to improve the club in any way possible. There are a lot of good people at the club, but we have to get the culture right and move forward. We have to keep this unified feeling we have.”
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel was not keen on setting any goals for Chelsea in the new season, saying they were still a club in transition following their takeover, which was led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.
“I don’t want to lower our ambitions. But I don’t want to put the pressure on us,” Tuchel said.
“We are a club in transition still. A team in transition still. But at the same time, I don’t want to limit us from the beginning and say what is possible.”