CHELSEA v Everton: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Sunday, 19 May

Kick-off: 16.00 GMT

Finally here it is, the last game in a very long season (unless we’re forced into a play-off for third place of course) – and the last Premier League game we’ll have to endure the sight of the interim in our dugout.

A win against Everton today would guarantee us automatic Champions League qualification, anything less and Arsenal could take third spot, so let’s have it!

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into the last game of this particular season and his last game in charge of Everton before taking over the reins at Manchester United, David Moyes says “We want to try to get a record points total if we can. We finished the game off very well last week. That has put us in a league position where we can’t go any further up or any further down. In the year we qualified for the Champions League, the points we have (this season) would have been enough to get us there. But we don’t even make Europa League football this year, which is really tough on us.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Bertrand (knee) is out, Hazard (hamstring) and JT (ankle) are doubtful and Ramires misses out through suspension. John Obi Mikel (hip) is pushing for a start after being on the bench against Benfica and Demba Ba is available after being cup tied for our Europa League win.

For Everton, Neville and Osman (both knee) miss the final game.

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech, Cole, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Luiz, Moses, Mata, Oscar, Ba.

EVERTON (Possible line-up): Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Fellaini, Gibson, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Anichebe

LAST MEETING

Everton 1-2 Chelsea (30th December 2012)

PREDICTION

In our last six against each other, we’ve had three wins each and a total of 14 goals, 18 yellow cards and 3 reds, so this should be anything but an uneventful final game.

Everton are without a win in their last seven away games but they’ve won their last five Premier League games played on the final day of the season, including a 1-0 home win against Chelsea in 2010-11. We haven’t lost at home in the league since January 2nd – and we definitely don’t want to risk facing a play-off for third place, so we should be looking to go out with a win!

2 Responses to “CHELSEA v Everton: Preview”

  1. rafa: thanks for everything

  2. Thank you Rafa for a professional job and the Europa League trophy. Apologies Rafa Benitez for all the stupid fans who were booing you when the team needed the fans behind them. I hope you find a top job and can go to a team that appreciates you. I am not so sure about Jose back at Chelsea but I dont think some of the other stupid fans would accept you full time for next season.

    Thank you Paulo Ferreria for 9 years of unselfish and superb displays…you will always be remembered by Chelsea fans. Still remember the day Jose signed you.