Everton appear destined for relegation, while Chelsea look destined to finish third in the Premier League before Sunday. But Everton’s shocking 1-0 win opened the door for both outcomes to change.
Everton’s only goal came a minute after half-time when Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta blundered in front of his own goal to score Richarlison’s fourth in five games Goal.
Chelsea dominated possession, with five of 17 shots on target, while Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kept a clean sheet with a superb performance.
The win was only Everton’s fourth in the Premier League in 2022, but it came when the team desperately needed points. Everton remain in the relegation zone but are now just two points behind Burnley and Leeds United. Everton have five games to play, while Burnley and Leeds have just four each.
For Chelsea, a surprise defeat against the bottom team may not cost the team a Champions League spot. But its huge lead over Tottenham and Arsenal is quickly disappearing with four games remaining.
After a 3-1 win over Leicester City, Tottenham are now just five points behind. Arsenal are six points behind, but they can cut the gap to three points if they can beat West Ham on Sunday.
After losing just three of their first 28 Premier League games this season, Chelsea have lost three of their six games last month.