By Azeem Siddiqui

6th Aug, 2022 | 6:30am

Jamie Carragher and Garry Neville 'not quite sure' of Everton v Chelsea result

Jamie Carragher and Garry Neville believe that the Everton clash with Chelsea is the hardest to predict in the opening weekend of the Premier League.

Frank Lampard’s men will go up against Thomas Tuchel’s side at Goodison Park in their season opener on Saturday.

Talking on Sky Sports during Friday Night Football, Carragher was of the opinion that the fixture between the Toffees and the Blues is the toughest to call.

“Looking at that, the one that really stands out and you’re not quite sure what will happen is Everton and Chelsea,” he said while looking at the opening weekend’s fixtures. “I’m not quite sure what is going to happen in that game.

“You think of the result and what that did for Everton last season towards the end, Frank’s link with Chelsea.

“With Chelsea right now, it almost feels like a club that’s gone back to the 90’s with the way they’re doing the transfer business where they’ve got money and they’re buying whoever’s available.”

Neville agreed with the former Liverpool defender by saying: “I agree, it’s always an intriguing game, Everton and Chelsea, because you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Big task

Everton couldn’t have asked for a more difficult opening fixture than going up against a top-four contender in Chelsea.

Lampard will be hoping that his connections with the Blues will be helpful in the side getting a positive start to their new campaign.

Another reason which would’ve given Everton fans something to cheer about is the fact that the side secured a memorable 1-0 win in the last fixture between the sides back in May which actually kickstarted the club’s bid to stay in the Premier League.

However, with Richarlison having already left the club and Dominic Calvert-Lewin not available for up to six weeks due to an injury, it will be interesting to see how the players will perform with an outright centre-forward.

On a positive note for Everton, Chelsea are having plenty of problems of their own where manager Tuchel has already stated more than once that his team will not be ready by the time the season will begin.