Frank Lampard and Chelsea have launched many elaborate Premier League campaigns together, but this campaign sees the Everton boss and his former club pitted against each other at Goodison Park on Saturday (watch live at 12:30 pm ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).
Lampard’s celebration after successfully passing his first league relegation dance will be unforgettable, but Everton will have to navigate a muddy obstacle course to avoid a similar jitterbug this season.
There are a number of questions for his longtime pals and former employers as well, as Chelsea sent Romelu Lukaku to pack and Antonio Ruediger and Andreas Christensen left two holes in their back row.
Kalidou Koulibaly and perhaps Mark Cucurella could make a lot of sense for the Blues, who still have plenty of attacking options and a midfield that few can hope to emulate in this Premier League game day.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Everton vs Chelsea.
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How to watch Everton vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time
Start: 12:30 pm ET, Saturday.
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: flow through NBCSports.com
Key storylines and star players
How will Everton bounce back from Richarlison’s departure? The Toffees are hoping a rich dose of Premier League experience will put them back on track. At the very least, in Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski, they’ll have more bottom-table experience.
Did Raheem Sterling take Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the next level, or vice versa? Sterling’s strong performance in the England shirt is giving hope to Chelsea fans as the flamboyant striker starts life at a third club in the Big Six. Can Kalidou Koulibaly replace Antonio Rudiger in his late Premier League debut?
Everton team news, injuries, squad options
Out: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Salomon Rondon, André Gomez, Andros Townsend. QUESTION: Tom Davies, Asmir Begovic.
Chelsea team news, injuries, squad options
DUE TO: Armando Brocha, Timo Werner. OUTSIDE: Ross Barkley.