By Pranav Shahaney

17th Mar, 2023 | 8:10am

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch predicts result of Everton v Chelsea Premier League clash

Peter Crouch predicts Chelsea to get the job done against Everton when the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, 18 March.

The Toffees sit in 15th place and an unlikely win in London could see them jump as high as 12th – putting them further away from relegation trouble.

However, the former Liverpool striker does not see it happening and expects the hosts to secure a routine win.

He told Paddy Power, “Everton are mired in the relegation fight. It’s going to be one of the toughest seasons to call who’ll go down – everyone up to 12th could get dragged in. So it all will come down to form as no one looks all that much better than anyone else.

“I’ve played under Sean Dyche and I know he’ll try to make them solid and tough to beat over the run-in – they’ve got quite a tough string of games left so they’ll need to dig in.

“He’ll give them a solid base but you wonder where the goals will come from. Dominic Calvert-Lewin can’t stay fit and Neal Maupay is not going to get enough.

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“Their away form has been very poor this season, they’ve three draws and six defeats in their last nine away from Goodison. And Stamford Bridge is starting to look like a tougher place to go recently.

“I’d expect Chelsea to dominate this game and can see them winning comfortably.”

Tough one

Chelsea appear to be picking up form at the wrong time and that’s certainly not what Dyche would’ve wanted ahead of this game.

He knows that picking up points against the stronger sides is difficult as it is but he would’ve wanted to take them on during their bad run of form.

However, that doesn’t mean this game is written off for the Toffees as anyone can beat anyone in the Premier League and we’ve seen that happening a lot in the past few weeks.

Liverpool have also lost games that nobody expected them to and the same can be said about Manchester City and Arsenal dropping points.

Chelsea are also focusing on the Champions League and their entire focus isn’t on the league so there certainly is going to be some fatigue in their squad.

Whether or not Dyche and Everton can capitalise on it, remains to be seen.