Everton v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Goodison Park
Date: Saturday, 12 September
Kick-off: 12:45 BST

This fixture brought us an incredible 9 goals last season in a 6-3 win for us. But that was then, this is now and our most recent game in the league – at home to Palace – saw us deservedly beaten.

We were an absolute shambles in that game and we can look for positives as much as we want, the fact is, if we play like that against Everton today we’re in trouble.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s early game, Everton boss Roberto Martinez says “It is only four games into the season, so if you want to make an assessment it will not have a lot of substance. Chelsea have not lost any of their top performers from last season, they won the Premier League by a clear distance, and I expect to see them competing for every trophy they were competing for last season.
What you can say about this team is that they haven’t reached that winning momentum they had last season – that is obvious. You can have the same players and same way of playing but you need to develop that momentum and that comes with good results. In their four games this season, apart from Manchester City away, it has been about small margins. I expect a very strong Chelsea team, with the right approach, hitting the heights that they had last year. I don’t think there is a big difference. We just need to make sure they don’t develop momentum against us. Off the back of an international break it will be less of an open game but the make-up of the two sides is the same.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho meanwhile, says “In every match we’ve played better than the result. Even against West Bromwich where we won – the 3-2 victory looks like a very tight match but it wasn’t. You can say the team is under-performing because some players are underperforming. Or you can say some players are under-performing and because of that the team is underperforming. We are strong, we are together, I believe in them, they believe in me. We are positive.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Everton, Tom Cleverley (ankle) is injured and Bryan Oviedo is a doubt. Aaron Lennon, Ramiro Funes Mori and Leandro Rodriguez and Brendan Galloway are all available.
For Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois (knee) is a long term absentee now, Oscar is injured but John Terry returns after his ban.

TEAMS
EVERTON (Possible line-up): Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway, Barry, MCCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Costa.

LAST SEASON
Everton 3-6 Chelsea (30th August 2014)

RECENT FORM
Everton: WLDWLD
Chelsea: LWDLWL

OTHER STUFF
• Chelsea won this fixture 6-3 last season
• Everton have beaten Chelsea in 4 of the last 6 meetings at Goodison
• Chelsea have scored 98 league goals away at Everton.
• Everton have won just two of their last eight Premier League games
• Everton have not scored in their last two games.
• Chelsea have made their worst start to a season in 20 years
• Chelsea have conceded two goals or more in four straight league games for the first time since 2006.
• Chelsea have let in nine goals so far this season

PREDICTION
I suppose the real determinant is how much worse we can get

One Response to “Everton v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. I hope chelsea unleash on Everton today