A few weeks ago, the notion of Everton getting anything out of a Premier League clash against Chelsea would have been laughable.
The Merseyside outfit were toiling around the relegation zone, but after Sam Allardyce became Ronald Koeman’s successor as manager, the tide has turned.
The Toffees have recorded three wins and a draw in the top flight since the appointment was made.
Triumphs were recorded against Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Swansea City, and the team also managed to restrict arch rivals Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah gave the Reds the lead, but Allardyce’s men managed to hold off an onslaught by earning a penalty, which Wayne Rooney converted.
Next up for Everton is Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday, and even though the visitors will be favourites to snatch all three points, there is an air of confidence from Aaron Lennon.
The 30-year-old, who has started seven Premier League games this season, told the club’s evertontv:
“We all know Chelsea are a great side but we’re in a good run of form and at Goodison we fancy our chances against anyone so we’re looking forward to that one. We’ve always had that here. We know at home the fans get behind us and we’re a match for any team if we’re at it. We know that no team really wants to come to Goodison and if we’re at it we can get a result.”
Everton can take confidence from the fact that Chelsea were recently beaten 1-0 by West Ham United.