Everton v CHELSEA: Preview









Venue: Goodison Park

Date: Saturday, 14 September

Kick-off: 17.30 GMT


Finally back to domestic football and we’re still made to wait it out a bit with a late kick-off today against Everton.

All too often these games seem to end in a draw and to an extent, today’s result could depend on which Everton ad Chelsea turn up.  Everton have learnt to keep the ball under Martinez but whilst possession is a bit handy in football, unless you do a bit more than hold the ball you might as well be playing chess. On the other hand, if they’re in the mood to bring the game to us, which they’re more than capable of on a good day, it won’t be just our defence put under pressure.

Same applies to us though because our games against United and Bayern really couldn’t have been more different, both in terms of pace and style as well as mentality. Of course the game will always be slightly different in Europe and the result in that game doesn’t actually affect us overall but if Mourinho could slacken the reins somewhere close again  for today’s game, it might make it a bit easier to take 3 points away from it.



So, still looking for his first win of the season, going into this evening’s game, Everton manager Roberto Martinez says “This is a fresh start for us.  The season starts now. We are catching up in terms of points and we have to take this as a real opportunity.   We want accept the responsibility and we want the pressure to do well.  We want Goodison to be a difficult place for teams to come to. We want to put the tension into the play. Playing at Goodison gives you an advantage. The crowd are close to the pitch and you have to take that edge.  It will take a lot to beat Chelsea. The experience and the amount of talent they have got. It will certainly take a lot to beat them (to the title) this season.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho meanwhile focuses on new signing Samuel Eto’o, saying “He will be selected and when you are selected and a striker you play.  You start or finish the game. When I select the attacking players normally they’ll play. He will play his first minutes for Chelsea in the Premier League. I think he’s a player who can adapt to the style we want.

It is a bit contradictory to the general style and philosophy in the Premier League. We’re not a physical, direct team. We want to use the qualities of our attacking players. They are very intelligent.  The kind of movement he has to do to continue an attacking game. He has this natural appetite for goals and he’ll give experience to a team from midfield into attacking areas. Fernando (Torres) is the oldest one and he is a young guy.  For example, against Bayern, (Andre) Schurrle, Oscar and (Eden) Hazard were behind Fernando. All of them are under 22. He (Eto’o) is a player to add some experience.”



For Everton, Darron Gibson (knee) and Antolin Alcaraz (hernia) are not quite ready to return for today’s game, whilst McCarthy and Coleman both suffered knocks on international duty but both could play. James McCarthy and Gareth Barry are likely to get debuts after their deadline day signings but Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to play against us.

For Chelsea, Mourinho has no fresh injury problems after the internationals and Eden Hazard (Achilles) is fit to play. Eto’o will definitely play a part in the game.



EVERTON (Possible line-up): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar; Jelavic

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Schurrle, Mata, Hazard; Torres



Everton 1-2 Chelsea (30 December 2012)



Chelsea were the only team to beat Everton at Goodison in the league last season, in fact, we did the double over them. That’s a rarity though because we’d only had one win from eight before that, and whilst Everton are still looking for their first win of the campaign, they’ve had three draws on the bounce so far……you do the maths.




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