CHELSEA v Everton: Preview

Date: Sat 5th November, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Today’s late game sees us at Stamford Bridge, playing host to Ronald Koeman’s Everton.
Last season, this one ended all square at 3-all after John Terry’s late equaliser in the 98th minute left us a lot happier than the Toffees. We’ve been a bit quicker off the mark in recent games, with goals early doors setting out our stall and our new formation shutting out any response.
Despite Costa’s 3 goals in 3 Premier League games against Everton previously, their defence are likely to be better prepared today, with only Spurs letting in fewer goals than the Toffees so far this season. So if Conte is to get a fifth successive win in the league, we’ll have to hope he’s done more homework than Koeman.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, says “Last season we didn’t beat Everton. It’s important to remember this, me and my players, and our fans. We know we face a strong team with many good players, fast players, with good technique. We must pay great attention. We have worked very well this week to prepare for this kind of game against this type of team. When you win, and above all win playing good football, it’s important for the confidence. Now, I repeat, we must continue.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman meanwhile, says “They (Chelsea) play with a lot of intensity and are aggressive. They have a different system, have got a lot of clean sheets and are winning games. This Chelsea team is stronger than the Chelsea of last year.

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Kurt Zouma and Cesc Fabregas are both training but neither are available for selection.
For Everton, Leighton Baines and James McCarthy (hamstring) are both injured, whilst Idrissa Gueye serves a one-match ban. Maarten Stekelenburg (foot) is available and Enner Valencia returns after missing the game against West Ham.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz; Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard
EVERTON (Possible line-up): Stekelenburg; Jagielka, Williams, Mori; Coleman, Barry, Cleverley, Oviedo; Bolasie, Lukaku, Deulofeu

LAST SEASON
Chelsea 3-3 Everton (15th January 2016)

CURRENT FORM (PL)
CHELSEA: LLWWWW
EVERTON: WLDDLW

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in 21 Premier League home games against Everton
~ Chelsea have won four consecutive league games, scoring 11 goals without reply.
~ Chelsea last won five in a row in a single season in Dec 2013-Jan 2014.
~ A fifth home win today would match our tally at Stamford Bridge for the whole of 2015-16.
~ Chelsea have kept 4 consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since 2010.
~ Everton ended a five-match winless run in all competitions by beating West Ham last weekend.
~ Everton’s 2-0 victory represented their first clean sheet in six league matches.
~ Only Spurs have conceded fewer goals than Everton this season.
~ Everton have only won two, and lost six, of their last 11 Premier League away games.

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Soccerlens: Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Sky Sports: Chelsea 2-0 Everton

One Response to “CHELSEA v Everton: Preview”

  1. i like how chelsea plays the offensive minded game. 2-0 my prediction