45+1 minutes: We are going into extra time and there will be at least eight minutes of it after that long delay for the injury of Ben Godfrey, who was previously stretchered out with a serious ankle injury.
43 minutes: Raheem Sterling gets the ball into the net for Chelsea, but his attempt is disallowed for offside. It’s good news for Everton in general and Jordan Pickford in particular – the England best had a shot from N’Golo Kante thrown in Sterling’s path.
41 minutes: Everton attacks during their break and Demarai Gray tries to sort out Anthony Gordon in acres of space. Cool as a cucumber, despite being the only defender, Thiago Silva sticks out a leg to intercept the pass.
40 minutes: A Mason Mount cross in the Everton penalty area is flung out by Mason Holgate, who has been at it since he stood up for Ben Godfrey.
38 minutes: Anthony Gordon pulls the ball back from the name line and tries to play Doucoure, but Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva try to scramble the ball away before he can get a shot from seven or eight yards.
35 minutes: Kalidou Koulibaly is very unlucky to escape a booking after grabbing a handful of Anthony Gordon’s shirt and dragging the youngster to the ground as he tried to get away. He is penalized by Craig Pawson, who keeps his yellow card in his pocket.
32 minutes: Yerry Mina slides in to block an attempt by Kai Havertz to block the ball in front of Everton’s goal. Corner for Chelsea. From there, they win another, and another, with Holgate knocking the ball out twice in quick succession. On the third occasion it is Nathan Patterson who heads the inswinger clear.
30 minutes: Alex Iwobi is penalized for knocking down Raheem Sterling by pushing the Chelsea striker in the back. Free kick for Chelsea, almost in line with the right edge of the penalty area. Nothing will come of it if Everton clears their heads.
28 minutes: A loop of Mykolenko from the left finds Anthony Gordon’s head, but the Everton No10 leans back and can’t get his header close to the Chelsea goal.
27 minutes: Kai Havertz is dispossessed on a run down the right wing before he can pass a cross to Raheem Sterling, who was waiting in the middle.
25 minutes: A header from Doucoure ahead of Tarkowski’s effort means Everton has the better of the game, but the deadlock remains unbroken. For now, they still have a corner from Chelsea to defend. They do this with a minimum of fuss.
22 minutes: Demarai Gray wins a corner for Everton and James Tarkowski makes a smart save from Edouard Mendy with a solid header, forcing the Chelsea goalkeeper to tip the ball over the bar.
20 minutes: Koulibaly gets an important touch on a cross from Demarai Gray to prevent the ball from falling into the path of Dwight McNeil, who was lurking behind him. Before Koulibaly, Anthony Gordon jumped the highest but couldn’t hit the ball.
19 minutes: From that angle, Chelsea win another and then quickly a third. The ball breaks to Mason Mount on the edge of the box and his low drive is saved by Pickford, who dives low to the right. The ball went wide, but the Everton goalkeeper didn’t take any chances.
17 minutes: Ben Godfrey is swept away by the stretcher bearers, leading to more applause from Everton fans. Mason Holgate takes his place and has a corner to defend. It turns out that Pickford didn’t make sure the ball went over the line anyway.
15 minutes: There’s a minute of applause for a young Everton fan named Izzy O’Connor, who recently passed away at the age of 15. May she rest in peace.
15 minutes: The play pause continues as Godfrey continues to receive treatment from the Everton goal.
13 minutes: The hapless Ben Godfrey has injured himself trying to clean up a defensive mess of his own making, is given oxygen and is about to be discharged with what appears to be a serious ankle injury. Hopefully it’s okay and he will recover as soon as possible.
11 minutes: Ben Godfrey appears to have seriously injured himself in that collision and is currently undergoing treatment. Mason Holgate begins his warm-up.
10 minutes: Jordan Pickford sprints back to prevent a no-look Ben Godfrey backpass from rounding the corner. He chops the ball away, but only to Havertz, who sends the ball into the side net, colliding with Pickford and the back kicking Godfrey.
9 minutes: Chelsea enjoy a period of sustained possession that ends abruptly when Nathan Patterson outsmarts Kai Havertz and robs him of possession in Everton’s left-back area.
7 minutes: Not much to report in these early stages as the teams take their time judging each other.
5 minutes: Correction: The stripes on Chelsea’s away kit are not “light blue” they are – see notes – “icy lion print”. Do lions have stripes? I always thought they were more of a zebra thing.
3 minutes: Abdoulaye Doucoure heads to a cross in the CHelsea penalty area from the right flank, but he couldn’t steer his weak effort in the right direction. Edouard Mendy leads the ball wide.
2 minutes: Everton advanced and Vitally Mykolenko grabbed the ball on the left wing, but couldn’t get a cross in. He plays the ball backwards.
1 minute: Chelsea get the ball rolling, their players wearing white shirts with light blue stripes, white shorts and blue socks. Everton are wearing their usual home kit of blue shirts, white shorts and white socks.
Not for long: Led by Craig Pawson and his match officials, Jordan Pickford and Cesar Azpilecueta lead the two teams out of the narrow Goodison Park tunnel. In the Sky Sports studio, former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson confidently tips his old club to take all three points. “Chelsea won’t win at Goodison,” he says.
Thomas Tuchel speaks: “It helps that the big day is coming and that’s why the focus is completely on Everton,” he says of his preparations. “That helped us calm down, calm down by working hard and focusing.
Asked about what Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly bring to Chelsea, he says “personality and quality”. He adds that the duo has “proven it for big clubs, Raheem has proven it time and again in the Premier League.”
Frank Lampard speaks: “The fans have helped – they’re here for the game again, we can’t expect it every time, but it’s great to see,” he told Sky Sports. “We were in a difficult position last season and we don’t want to be there again, but we know one thing: Everton must be a team and a club that fight the right way on the pitch.”
Those teams: There are four debutants in the starting line-up, with James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil starting for Everton, while Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling make their first official start in Chelsea livery.
Nathan Patterson, signed with Rangers last season, is at Everton right-back in what is only his second start for the club, having undergone ankle surgery not long after his arrival. Ben Chilwell is back for Chelsea after a long spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.
Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Mina, Godfrey, Mykolenko, Gray, Doucoure, Iwobi, McNeil, Gordon.
Subscribers: Holgate, Keane, Allan, Begovic, Alli, Gbamin, Ruben Vinagre, Warrington, Mills.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Sterling.
Subscribers: Cucurella, Arrizabalaga, Kovacic, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Gallagher, Ziyech, Broja.
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
Today’s match officials
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Assistants: Marc Perry and Scott Ledger
- Fourth official: Graham Scott
- USED TO BE: John Brooks
Everton have brought in old boys Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski from Burnley to Goodison Park, while Ruben Vinaigre is also on loan from Sporting Lisbon. All three are available for selection today.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury sustained in training earlier this week, while Salomon Rondon will miss this afternoon due to a suspension he took over from last season. Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Andros Townsend are also out with several injuries.
After the loss of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, and with Marcos Alonso also heading for the Camp Nou, Chelsea have brought in Kalidou Koulibali and Marc Cucarella to bolster their defences.
Further up front, Raheem Sterling and Carney Chukwuemeka have arrived hoping to fill their shoes with goals. He is rumored to be on his way back to RB Leipzig, but Timo Werner’s enthusiasm is Chelsea’s only doubt about his fitness, as he is suffering from a hamstring injury.
Goodison Park is the venue for what those of us without imagination lazily label the Frank Lampard derby. After keeping Everton afloat last season, the former Chelsea midfielder turned manager is on the hot seat for his first full season as manager at Goodison Park, even he has no shortage of opponents who give him little or no chance to continue the campaign .
Under a new owner who seems eager to throw money like confetti, this promises to be an intriguing first season in the post-Abramovich era for Chelsea. It starts on Merseyside at 5.30pm (BST)| but in the meantime, stay tuned for team news and build-up.