Everton vs CHELSEA: Carling Cup Preview

Venue: Goodison Park

Date: Wednesday, 26 October

Kick-off: 2000 BST

 

Right, the weekend’s Premier League game is behind us (even if the fallout from it drags on) and it’s time to get over it and move on again.  So, presuming our players can still pick their weary feet up, they’ll be doing battle with Everton in tonight’s Carling Cup game.

Naturally Andre Villas-Boas will give some of them a rest, whilst others – namely Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa take a break courtesy of Chris Foy’s decision-making.  Usually tough opposition for us, we beat Everton in the league earlier this month, although anything can happen in the cup as we found out against them last season.

 

 

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

Ahead of tonight’s Carling Cup game, Everton manager David Moyes seems to be pretty focused on managing his resources, saying “The next game is always the biggest priority but I have always said that being in the Premier League always has to be number one and it always will be. But obviously I would like to win a cup if we can do so.  We have a chance if we want to do that (play youngsters) but we want to try and progress so we are working with the same 18 or 19 players that we have and it will be the same 18 or 19 which are available for the Chelsea game.  You are always thinking ahead when you have three games in seven days as we have. You are trying to keep people fresh but in the same breath you are trying to win the next game.”

AVB meanwhile, believes our focus is firmly back on the task in hand after the weekend, saying “We have trained two days with recovery sessions and everyone is in the right frame of mind. For sure they are not full of happiness in the camp after a defeat but they are in the right frame of mind for training.  Our challenge is to win the most amount of trophies possible so this is a game to win.  On the bigger picture, Arsenal comes up after a Premier League defeat and we need a response, but the Carling Cup is important as well. We have adopted the policy of playing the most amount of youngsters as possible in this competition and we will try to stick to it but our commitment is to try to win the game.”

Whislt on tonight’s opponents, he says “David Moyes played a strong team in the last Carling Cup game against West Brom so the competition is important to them.  They were making steady progress until the Merseyside derby which they were unlucky to lose as they were playing with 10 men. We managed to get a very good win when we played them at home which was enormously gratifying, but bear in mind the win they had at Fulham at the weekend which even they maybe weren’t expecting after (Bobby) Zamora’s miss, it is something that will gives them the stimulus for this game.  They are always an organised team and they can surprise you but this will be an important game for both teams.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Everton, James McFadden (knee) and Victor Anichebe (groin) miss out through injury. Moyes suggests he has ‘a few knocks’ to assess in his players prior to tonight, although Louis Saha, Tim Cahill and Seamus Coleman should all be available for selection.

For Chelsea, Michael Essien and Ramires (both knee) are injured, whilst Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa are all suspended, with Raul Meireles cup-tied.  After a difficult game at the weekend, AVB is likely to make wholesale changes, so the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Josh McEachran, Oriol Romeu, Ryan Bertrand, Salomon Kalou, Florent Malouda, Alex and Paulo Ferreira could all feature.

 

 

TEAMS

EVERTON (from): Howard, Heitinga, Hibbert, Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Barkley, Fellaini, Osman, Rodwell, Drenthe, Cahill, Stracqualursi, Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Vellios, Gueye, Saha, Coleman, Hahnemann.

CHELSEA (from): Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Ferreira, Terry, Luiz, McEachran, Mikel, Romeu, Lampard, Mata, Malouda, Torres, Anelka, Sturridge, Lukaku, Kalou, Turnbull.

 

LAST MEETING

Chelsea 3-1 Everton (15th October 2011)

 

 

PREDICTION

I made the grave mistake of being optimistic before the weekend’s game, so sod expecting a win again – I’ll go for 3 red cards, 2 penalties and and a charge for treason – anything less is a bonus!

 

3 Responses to “Everton vs CHELSEA: Carling Cup Preview”

  1. You want to know what i like most about this write-up? Its the last paragraph. 3 red cards and a treason charge? My God, am still laughing. Up Blues

  2. I predict that chelsea will beat Everton 3-1. Chelsea it still the best no matter the hatred they’re facing by England Fa.

  3. I’ll go for :
    Cech
    Ferreira ; Luiz ; Alex ; Bertrand
    McEachran ; Mikel ; Malouda
    Sturridge ; Lukaku ; Anelka

    Subs : Turnbull ; Ivanovic ; Romeu (in for Mikel) ; Lampard ; Mata ; Kalou (in for Sturridge) ; Torres (in for Lukaku)