By Daniel Feliciano

5th Aug, 2022 | 6:10pm

Chris Sutton predicts result of Everton vs Chelsea in Premier League opener

Chris Sutton believes Everton have big problems ahead of their opening Premier League game of the season against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Toffees narrowly avoided relegation last year after a horror season, but Frank Lampard was able to navigate them to safety and they now host his former club in a tough opening game.

They’ll be without Dominic Calvert-Lewin through injury, as well as Salomon Rondon through suspension and Richarlison after he was sold to Tottenham, and Sutton told BBC Sport that with nobody to lead the attack he expects them to fall to a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park.

“It’s odd that Chelsea don’t seem to be properly prepared for the start of the season – they are still trying to make signings and their squad is not ready,” he said.

“But Everton have problems too. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is injured, Salomon Rondon is suspended and Richarlison has obviously been sold – so they have no-one to lead their attack on Saturday.

“They are going to have to rely on the Goodison Park crowd to get them through this game, like they did at the end of last season.

“Their fans will give them a lift, but they can’t help them by scoring goals.”

Pain

Everton are moving well in the transfer market having bolstered the defence and imminently improving the midfield with the additions of Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye.

However attack is a major problem in the squad currently and unless they’re able to find a proven goalscorer then they face a real tough task in the Premier League.

Calvert-Lewin’s injury problems are a real concern at this point, and with no Richarlison to lean on for goals there should be a real worry about who is going to fire them to points.

The window still has time to run for them to correct the issue, but as far as the Chelsea game goes it’s going to be really hard to solve in such a short period of time.

The fans will undoubtedly rally behind the team but like Sutton says, they won’t be able to score goals for them but hopefully a stronger defensive unit will be able to keep the opposition at bay for a positive result.