Sky Sports pundit confident major Everton weapon can cause Chelsea more problems

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The twelfth man of the Goodison crowd will make a “huge difference” when Everton take on Chelsea in their top flight opener, says Kevin Campbell.

Both sides have had summers that have seen uneven transfer windows that appear to be far from finished, and indifferent form in the preseason, albeit with Thomas Tuchel’s side coming from a higher starting point, but the Toffees triumphed the last time the Stamford Bridge side came to town.

The 1-0 win was crucial in the relegation battle and saw the Everton fans create a huge swell of support outside the ground and in the stands, which Sky Sports pundit Campbell feels set a precedent which will make it very difficult for the visitors this time around.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “I’ll be honest with you. I think Everton at home have no fear of Chelsea.

“They’ve beaten Chelsea the last couple of times. Frank Lampard beat them in a must win game last season, back end of last season.

“Chelsea haven’t been great, let’s be honest, in preseason.

“They’ve done okay. Still got world-class players, don’t get me wrong, and if they go on fire then they could blitz you.

“But I think Everton have got a really good chance. 

“As I said, they’re at home. The twelfth man’s going to make a huge difference.

“I think they’re going to cause Chelsea a lot of problems.”

They may not have Richarlison any longer, the man who scored the only goal of the game in the previous meeting, and is in fact banned for this weekend after he picked up a blue smoke canister that day during his celebration, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence is certainly a blow.

But Goodison Park has often proved to be somewhere that Chelsea don’t enjoy visiting, and despite their heavy spending they still look like an incomplete squad currently.

There is always the possibility that a side of their quality can click and blow their opponent away, but there is plenty of reason to believe that this weekend is as good a time as any to face them and the Toffees must be fancying their chances of kicking the new campaign off with an important win.