Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 16 January
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
This afternoon’s game sees us play host to Everton and like every other side that comes to Stamford Bridge these days, the Toffees will be coming for the win. Martinez might not have a good record against us here but his Everton side have only lost once on their travels this season.
Chelsea, on the other hand, whilst possibly a little happier with Hiddink around aren’t exactly any more consistent. Unbeaten in a handful of games we might be, but winning we ain’t! And to call our performance against West Brom in midweek lacklustre, would be flattering us in the extreme.
Lets just hope the homecoming for Romelu Lukaku isn’t too happy!
Going into today’s game, Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink says “There are 12 points difference to fourth place, which is Tottenham. We all like to look forward and to the top of the table, but also don’t be unrealistic – you’re six points off the line of relegation. That’s also a fact. We have to work hard and be very concentrated and gather our points to step up.”
Everton manager Roberto Martinez meanwhile, says “Chelsea are a team full of winning footballers. They won the league so the quality is there. They have players that can produce magic. They have had a couple of very impressive performances under Guus Hiddink, and have shown plenty of fight.”
For Chelsea, Eden Hazard (groin) and Radamel Falcao (thigh) are injured, and on the performance against West Brom midweek, the rest of them are just lame.
For Everton, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy remain out, Steven Naismith (ankle) is not expected to play, whilst Tom Cleverley is 50:50.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, JT, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Pedro, Costa
EVERTON (Possible line-up): Howard; Stones, Funes Mori, Jagielka Baines; Besic, Barry, Osman; Barkley, Deulofeu; Lukaku
Chelsea 1-0 Everton (11th February, 2015)
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League home matches against Everton
~ Everton’s last league win at Stamford Bridge was in November 1994
~ Chelsea have dropped 12 points from winning positions this season
~ Chelsea have conceded 31 times in their opening 21 games this season
~ Roberto Martinez has lost on all six Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge as an opposition manager.
~ Everton have lost just one of their 10 Premier League away games this season
Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho left but having said that, we’ve only won twice, drawing the other three games. Today, we’re unlikely to even get away with that.