By Pranav Shahaney

5th Aug, 2022 | 4:10pm

Paul Merson predicts scoreline and winner in Everton Premier League clash v Chelsea

Paul Merson does not see Everton getting anything from their game against Chelsea in the first Premier League weekend of the new season.

Having seen their pre-season campaign and their general performances last season, Merson is not confident about them getting even a point.

However, he does fancy them to find the back of the net even though they sold one of their main goal-scoring threats in Richarlison.

In his Sportskeeda column, Merson wrote, “Both these Premier League teams struggled in pre-season. Everton’s a hard place to visit, but they’ve been really poor over the past month.

“Chelsea will have to rely massively on Mason Mount and their midfield to score, and they’re not renowned for that. Raheem Sterling has scored goals for Manchester City, but playing for Chelsea is a different kettle of fish.

“I don’t know where the goals are coming from at Chelsea, and that’s my problem with them. With Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen gone, they are weaker than they were last season. Koulibaly has experience behind him, but he’s played in Italy – their football is not as quick and electric as Premier League football.

“Everton will make it hard for them, and Tuchel will need to grind out a result here. Chelsea haven’t been great in pre-season, but I think they have a little too much for Everton this weekend.

“Prediction: Everton 1-2 Chelsea.”

No confidence?

Everton have not had the kind of summer that will give their fans too much confidence going into the new season.

One cannot really blame Kevin Thelwell or Frank Lampard for it as the financial mess they’re in is totally the ownership and Marcel Brands’ fault.

Hopefully, some of the lowkey signings prove all of us wrong and go on to become quality players and first-team regulars.

Keeping Anthony Gordon was a real coup but they’ve still got sign a striker, midfielders and as well as another centre-back this summer.

It seems highly unlikely that any new signing will be in the squad for the game against Chelsea.

We’ll be surprised if they get anything against the London outfit, but like last season, miracles do happen and hopefully, something might work in favour of Lampard’s men.