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Everton vs Chelsea: Writer Prediction League

New manager, new hope?

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In this space, I usually do some sort of creative introduction of Everton’s last match in a way that links to the club’s next match. You don’t want to think about the Liverpool match anymore than I do, so let’s do away with the pretense for this week.

We’ll look ahead to Duncan Ferguson’s first match in charge against Chelsea in a little bit, but let’s get the review of our picks from the derby out of the way first.

Liverpool Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Salah Pickford Liverpool 1-0 2
Brian F. Mane Richarlison Liverpool 4-0 3
Brian L. Salah Pickford Liverpool 3-1 2
Calvin Firmino Pickford Liverpool 3-1 2
Chris Richarlison Richarlison Liverpool 4-1 3
Geno Mane Iwobi Liverpool 3-1 2
Matt A. Mane Digne Liverpool 3-0 2
Matthew C. Mane Mina Liverpool 3-1 2
Pat Henderson Digne Liverpool 3-1 2
Pete Salah Sidibe Liverpool 2-0 2
Rachel Mane Digne Liverpool 3-0 2
Tom Salah Digne Liverpool 3-0 2
Zach Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 1-0 0

All of us but Zach had Liverpool winning the match, though none of us had a 5-2 scoreline. Klopp’s squad rotation destroyed our first goalscorer predictions, as none of us anticipated Divock Origi starting this match, much less scoring the opener.

Brian F. and Chris both correctly had Richarlison as Everton’s man of the match.

Those results didn’t create much change in our prediction league table.

2019-20 RBM Prediction League Table

Writer Points
Writer Points
Adam B. 43
Matthew C. 43
Rachel 42
Matt A. 40
Brian F. 38
Tom 35
Pete 34
Calvin 34
Zach 32
Brian L. 31
Chris 26
Pat 26
Geno 17

That takes us to this weekend’s match against Chelsea at Goodison Park, where Duncan Ferguson will lead the Toffees. It’s a weird situation against a team that’s had some struggles of late, though has been pretty good on the whole this season.

The strangeness leaked into our predictions for this one, which were a little more optimistic than I’d anticipated.

Chelsea Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Pulisic Sidibe Chelsea 2-1 0
Brian F. Pulisic Calvert-Lewin Chelsea 4-1 1
Brian L. Big Dunc? Also Big Dunc? Everton 2-0 2
Calvin Richarlison Richarlison Draw 2-2 1
Chris Pulisic Gordon Chelsea 2-1 0
Geno Abraham Sidibe Chelsea 3-1 0
Matt A. Abraham Richarlison Chelsea 3-1 0
Matthew C. Kean Kean Everton 2-1 2
Pat Mount Richarlison Draw 2-2 0
Pete Richarlison Richarlison Everton 1-0 3
Rachel Pulisic Bernard Chelsea 2-0 0
Tom Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-0 3
Zach Abraham Davies Chelsea 2-1 0

Four writers actually picked Everton to win, with another two predicting a draw. It is worth noting that our more pessimistic writers are significantly pessimistic though — four of the seven who predicted a Chelsea win have Frank Lampard’s side winning by multiple goals.

Christian Pulisic is the most popular choice to open the scoring (betraying our staff’s largely American bias, perhaps). Tammy Abraham and Richarlison also tallied three votes.

Of course, my personal favorite selection comes from Brian L., who foresees Big Dunc inserting himself into the match, scoring the first goal, and coming out as Everton’s man of the match!

On the serious side, Richarlison again ran away with MOTM voting — he picked up five votes. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Anthony Gordon, Moise Kean, Bernard, and Tom Davies each got one vote. Djibril Sidibe received two.