Pundit tips ‘weird’ Everton to come unstuck when they host Chelsea

Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that Everton’s four-match Premier League unbeaten run will come to an end when they host leaders Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Toffees have been in impressive form since their 3-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in the Merseyside derby earlier this month as they look to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive.

A draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford was followed up with convincing home victories against Leicester City and Burnley at Goodison Park, before they played out a goalless draw against West Ham United at the London Stadium last weekend.

While they look unlikely to secure a top four spot, Ronald Koeman’s men are still in a good position to secure Europa League football next term and that is ultimately the next step for the Merseyside outfit as they look to progress and build for the future.

However, their positive sequence of results will come under threat when they welcome Antonio Conte’s men to Goodison with the leaders in desperate need of points themselves as they look to regain the Premier League title they lost to Leicester City last season.

The west London club were comfortable 4-2 winners against Southampton at Stamford Bridge in midweek and Merson believes the Blues will pick up all three points once again on Sunday.

The 49-year-old told Sky Sports: “Everton are a weird team. They get to a certain stage, you think they’re set to kick on for a top four or top-five place, and they just melt away.

“A few weeks ago they were flying, went to Middlesbrough and drew 0-0. Then they were flying again and got well beaten by Tottenham. And then they were flying again, go to West Ham and draw 0-0.

“They have not taken that next step and I worry for them.”

After Everton host Chelsea, they face Swansea City, Watford and Arsenal in their final three league fixtures.