Everton fans desperately tried to help their side avoid relegation by setting off fireworks outside the Chelsea team hotel to disrupt their sleep ahead of the crucial day’s clash.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are in Liverpool to face Touffe at Goodison Park in the Premier League.
But any hope of an early night for the Blues players was dented as fans set off a set of fireworks outside the Hilton in an attempt to keep visitors from sleeping too much before the big game.
Everton fans set off fireworks outside the Chelsea hotel to disturb visitors’ sleep plans
Video footage shows loud whistling of fireworks, explosions and screams seen just outside the hotel, and reportedly lasted over an hour and a half until around 3am.
It comes before a vital confrontation for Frank Lampard’s team, who needs everything Helping them get their chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League which now look increasingly slim.
They have only six games left to protect a proud record of being in the First Division since 1954.
Frank Lampard’s side have only six games left to avoid relegation for the first time since 1954
The Toffees are currently in the bottom three with two matches on hand, over Burnley and Leeds
Everton are currently third with games in hand over Burnley and Leeds – although they are now five points behind both.
Burnley turned its fortunes around under interim manager Mike Jackson after the recent sacking of Sean Daekey.
Things are starting to look increasingly worrisome for the Toffees, so fans are trying to play their part in helping them avoid relegation.
Fans are also planning a support rally on Goodison Road to hoist the players as they arrive to face Chelsea.
Everton can get some encouragement from their home form, as they have picked up seven out of nine points in their last three home games under Lampard.
He could achieve the same result when he shocked Manchester United with a 1-0 win thanks to Anthony Gordon’s goal last month.
It will be the first time Lampard has faced his former club since he was sacked from Stamford Bridge.
It won’t be an easy task with Chelsea who have racked up a massive away record this season, having won eight straight games on the road to a draw with United last weekend.
Chelsea has a phenomenal away record, winning eight times in a row before last weekend
But their sleep at the Hilton in Liverpool (pictured) would have suffered because of the fireworks
“I see a group here at Everton who are really good guys trying to stay in the league,” the coach said.
We need to keep that spirit because the spirit in football is a great thing. The moment when the two guys are very much together and fighting together and I need to lead that.
President Lampard looks to his first team, West Ham, and his uncle Harry Redknapp for inspiration as Everton fight for survival and try to become a proper force in the Premier League.
“We understand the importance of staying in the league, but no one gets a free ticket,” Lampard said.
“There are things I see in the long-term that I want to change to make the club better and I’ve had a lot of support with that.
West Ham have struggled against relegation, and they now have a great coach and one of the best young players in the world from their academy at Declan Rice, but all of those things have to work for them.