Everton have improved at home since Frank Lampard replaced Rafa Benitez
But they have to step on again if they are to avoid their first relegation in 71 years
With the worst away record in the top flight, the Toffees have to win at home
The problem is Chelsea currently have best away form in the Premier League
With the worst away form in the Premier League, Everton must pick up points from their three remaining home games of the season if they are to avoid relegation, beginning today when Chelsea visit Goodison Park.
With Everton now in the bottom three – five points behind a resurgent Burnley, who are on a bounce under caretaker boss, Mike Jackson, and a battling Leeds United, albeit with two games in hand – the need is urgent.
But Everton have at least some cause for optimism as they line up against the current European champions. Of the Toffees’ eight wins this season, seven have come at home.
And they have claimed a few scalps along the way, beating Arsenal and Manchester United, while drawing with Tottenham.
Not only that, but form at Goodison Park has improved since Frank Lampard took over from Rafa Benitez in the dugout at the end of January, and Everton now rank a creditable eighth in the Premier League home form table.
Since losing at Goodison to Wolves in mid-March, the Toffees beat United 1-0 in a rousing display, which saw hopes of a survival-revival burn bright for a few days; they overcame Newcastle United by the same scoreline and most recently they recovered to draw 1-1 with an injury-time equaliser against Leicester City.
All of which has contributed to a healthy win percentage of 50 per cent in the games played at home under Lampard.