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Everton at Chelsea: Writer Prediction League

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Another tough test ahead for the Toffees

Everton v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

When the Premier League fixture list was published earlier this summer, one of the biggest talking points was Everton’s brutal start to the schedule. The Toffees are right in the thick of that tough stretch, with a match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge following their match last week against at Manchester City.

The RBM staff wasn’t particularly confident in Everton’s ability to get a result against Pep Guardiola’s side, but we were pleasantly surprised with the Toffees’ performance, and the optimistic among us were rewarded.

Our predictions from that match are below, with correct picks in bold.

Manchester City Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam De Bruyne Gueye Manchester City 2-0 0
Brian F. Jesus Gueye Manchester City 2-1 0
Brian L. Aguero Rooney Manchester City 2-1 0
Callum Jesus Rooney Draw 1-1 4
Calvin Jesus Pickford Manchester City 3-1 0
Chris De Bruyne Pickford Manchester City 3-1 0
Matt Aguero Keane Manchester City 3-1 0
Mike De Bruyne Schneiderlin Manchester City 2-0 0
Sean Calvert-Lewin Rooney Draw 1-1 4
Tom Jesus Pickford Draw 2-2 2
Tyler Aguero Keane Manchester City 2-1 0
Zach Jesus Gueye Manchester City 2-1 0

Callum and Sean were our big winners last week — both correctly predicted a 1-1 draw. Tom also picked up 2 points for correctly predicting a draw, albeit by the wrong scoreline.

Those points give us a Week 2 table that looks like the following.

Prediction League Standings

Writer Points
Writer Points
Mike 79
Calvin 75
Brian F. 56
Matt 55
Brian L. 54
Sean 54
Chris 52
Adam 50
Tyler 49
Zach 49
Tom 46

Despite the result against Manchester City, RBM’s writers don’t appear to be any more optimistic against Chelsea this week -- perhaps a factor of Morgan Schneiderlin’s suspension and mounting injury troubles.

Our picks for the match are below.

Chelsea Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Morata Besic Chelsea 2-1 2
Brian F. Willian Davies Chelsea 2-1 2
Brian L. Rooney Pickford Chelsea 2-1 2
Callum Keane Gueye Draw 2-2 0
Calvin Willian Gueye Chelsea 3-1 2
Chris Pedro Keane Chelsea 3-0 2
Matt Rooney Keane Draw 1-1 0
Mike Morata Gueye Chelsea 2-0 4
Sean Pedro Gueye Chelsea 2-1 2
Tom Rooney Pickford Everton 2-1 0
Tyler Rooney Sigurdsson Draw 2-2 0
Zach Morata Pickford Chelsea 1-0 2

Tom is the true optimist of the group, picking a 2-1 Everton victory. Callum, Matt, and Tyler see Everton getting another road point. The rest of us have Chelsea taking all three points.

Despite our overall lack of confidence in Everton, four writers have predicted that Wayne Rooney will continue the pattern of the first two Premier League matches of the season and score the first goal of the game. Three writers selected Alvaro Morata to get on the board first, with Willian and Pedro each getting two votes. Callum was alone in selecting Michael Keane.

Keane did receive two man of the match votes, but Idrissa Gana Gueye ran away with the category, securing four selections. Jordan Pickford also received three, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies, and Muhamed Besic also getting a vote.