Everton expected starting XI vs Chelsea - as Frank Lampard contends with five players missing
Everton team news and predicted line-up for the 2022-23 Premier League opening fixture against Chelsea.
Certainly, the Toffees will be hoping for less of a rollercoaster season this time around.
Last term, Everton avoided relegation by just four points and only confirmed their top-flight status with a dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on the penultimate day.
Frank Lampard has recruited three players in the summer transfer window so far - James Tarkowski, Dwight McNeil and Ruben Vinagre (loan).
And two new midfielders in Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye are expected to arrive imminently.
Still, Lampard faces a stiff challenge against the club where he’s etched into folklore, having won every trophy possible with Chelsea as a player.
Everton are without a senior striker with Dominic Calvert-Lewin sidelined for six weeks, Salomon Rondon suspended and Richarlison being sold to Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the window.
Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies and Andre Gomes have been ruled out.
Here’s how we think Everton will line-up.