Everton begin life after Marco Silva with a difficult Premier League clash against Frank Lampard's Chelsea at home on Saturday.


Silva's departure from Goodison was confirmed on Thursday after his side's 5-2 thrashing at the hands of fierce Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Wednesday night.

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Club legend Duncan Ferguson has been placed in temporary charge while the Everton board search for a suitable permanent replacement for Silva.


The former ​Everton striker will look to curb his side's three-game losing streak, although collecting a win against Saturday's visitors will be no easy task. 


​Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League and come into the game off the back of a 2-1 home triumph against Aston Villa.


The victory in midweek ended a mini-blip for the Blues, who had previously been without a win in three games, and Lampard's men will be buoyant ahead of their trip to the turbulent Toffees.


Where to Watch

​When Is Kick Off?Saturday 7 December
​What Time Is Kick Off?12.30 (GMT)
​Where Is It Played?​Goodison Park
​TV Channel/Live Stream?BT Sport 1
​Referee?​Craig Pawson

Team News

In his first game as interim boss, Ferguson has no fresh injury concerns from the Merseyside derby defeat.


And skipper Seamus Coleman could be in line for a start, having missed Everton's last two games through injury.

Seamus Coleman

However, the Toffees remain without André Gomes as the Portuguese midfielder continues his recovery from a broken ankle sustained against ​Tottenham in November.


Fabian Delph remains doubtful with a hamstring problem while fellow midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin and defender Cuco Martina are still sidelined with long-term injuries.


As for the visitors, Lampard should be able to call on the services of Tammy Abraham, in spite of seeing his star striker hobble off late on in the win over Villa.

Tammy Abraham

Willian also picked up a knock during Wednesday's game and the Brazilian is a doubt for the trip to Merseyside, while Ross Barkley is also likely to be missing through illness.


A return to training for centre-back Antonio Rudiger will enthuse Chelsea fans but the trip comes too soon for the German. 


Elsewhere, the midfield pair of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel remain long-term absentees for Lampard's side. 


Predicted Line Ups

​EvertonPickford; Sidibe, Mina, Keane, Digne; Schneiderlin, Davies; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison
Chelsea​Kepa; James, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pulisic, Mount, Abraham.


Head-to-Head Record

Chelsea come out on top in this fixture historically but the Toffees won the last encounter between the two sides in March.


On that occasion, Marco Silva's side beat Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison, courtesy of strikes from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

However, neither coach in charge that day is still at the helm going into Saturday's clash, a shining example of the ​Premier League manager merry-go-round. 


In fact, Chelsea are without a win in three against Everton, something Frank Lampard's charges will be looking to put right at the weekend. 


Recent Form

Silva's sacking on Thursday underlines the Toffees' dismal run of recent results, as does their lowly position of 18th in the Premier League standings.


Everton are on a three-game losing streak and haven't won at home in the league since a 2-0 victory over ​West Ham back in mid-October. 

Marco Silva

But, the Goodison Park faithful will be praying Silva leaving the club sparks an upturn in results and has Everton distancing themselves from relegation worry. 


As for Lampard's Chelsea, the win against ​Villa was a timely one as it ended a three-game stretch without a win. 


Much has been made of the Blues' exuberant attacking style but they do also have a tendency to concede and have shipped 21 goals already this season.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

That's more than any other side inside the top seven and Chelsea haven't kept a clean sheet away from home in the league all season.


Here's how the two teams have performed in their last five outings in all competitions.


Everton​Chelsea
​Liverpool 5-2 Everton (04/12)Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa (04/12)
​Leicester City 2-1 Everton (01/12)Chelsea 0-1 West Ham (30/11)
​Everton 0-2 Norwich (23/11)Valencia 2-2 Chelsea (27/11)
​Southampton 1-2 Everton (09/11)Man City 2-1 Chelsea (23/11)
Everton 1-1 Tottenham (03/11)Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace (9/11)


Prediction

The question is whether the new manager bounce will be enough to halt Everton's recent slide down the table?

Ferguson is only in temporary control but it could provide a lift to the Toffees and re-energise the home crowd.

That said, Lampard's men will fancy their chances of taking all three points on Saturday, although they have been far from convincing on the road this season.

Big Dunc won't get the win he craves but neither will he lose his first game in charge.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Chelsea