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Palmer Stars As Chelsea Hit Everton For Six

Palmer killed the game as a contest as he completed his hat-trick inside 30 minutes before Nicolas Jackson also struck before half-time.


Chelsea’s English midfielder #20 Cole Palmer (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on April 15, 2024. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

 

Cole Palmer scored four goals to put Chelsea within touching distance of the Premier League’s top six after a 6-0 win over Everton on Monday.

The England international has been a shining light in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the Blues and moved level with Manchester City striker Erling Haaland’s 20 Premier League goals in the race for the Golden Boot.

Palmer killed the game as a contest as he completed his hat-trick inside 30 minutes before Nicolas Jackson also struck before half-time.

A shot from Chelsea’s Senegalese striker #15 Nicolas Jackson (R) beats Everton’s English goalkeeper #01 Jordan Pickford, as Chelsea score their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on April 15, 2024. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

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And they will head into Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against City confident they can end the holders’ quest for a second consecutive treble.

A demoralising defeat leaves Everton still perilously placed just two points above the relegation zone.

The Toffees appealed against a two-point penalty for breaking Premier League sustainability rules on Monday, having also been docked a further six points for another charge this season.

Chelsea’s English defender #42 Alfie Gilchrist shoots to score their sixth goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on April 15, 2024. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) 

How Everton could do with the boost of recovering some of those lost points as the battle for survival looks set to go down to the wire.

Nottingham Forest visit Goodison Park in a huge relegation six-pointer on Sunday and Sean Dyche’s men will need to improve at both ends of the field to prolong their 70-year stay in the top flight.

The visitors were dealt a blow before kick-off as Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed out due to a hamstring injury.

His deputy Beto spurned a glorious chance to open the scoring when he somehow turned over Seamus Coleman’s cross from point-blank range.

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Palmer was not so forgiving at the other end as he made another case to be crowned as the Premier League’s player of the year.

City must regret letting the 21-year-old leave for what now looks like a bargain £40 million ($50 million) in September.

Palmer nutmegged Jarrad Branthwaite before exchanging a neat one-two with Jackson and curling home from the edge of the box to open the scoring.

Chelsea’s English midfielder #20 Cole Palmer (L) holding the match ball after scoring four goals, congratulates Chelsea’s English defender #42 Alfie Gilchrist on his goal after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on April 15, 2024. – Chelsea won the game 6-0. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) 

Everton could not live with the sharpness of that front four and Palmer was left with an easy task to head in his second after Jordan Pickford denied Jackson from a Mudryk cross.

The England goalkeeper then had a moment to forget as he gifted possession to Palmer, who nonchalantly chipped his international teammate on his weaker right foot from midway inside the Everton half.

In contrast to Palmer, Jackson has had an inconsistent first season at Chelsea but produced an excellent touch and finish to fire in his 13th goal of the season on the stroke of half-time.

A routine night for Pochettino’s men was still not without drama when they were awarded a penalty on the hour mark.

Both Madueke and Jackson tried to take over penalty duties before they were forcibly removed by captain Conor Gallagher to hand Palmer the ball.

He duly made it nine out of nine successful spot-kicks this season to take his tally for the season in both Chelsea and City colours to 25.

Academy graduate Gilchrist had only been on the field a matter of seconds when he blasted in the sixth after Pickford parried Ben Chilwell’s effort.

AFP