Everton v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 30th April, 2017
Venue: Goodison Park
Kick-off: 14:05 BST

Today’s early game sees us travel to Merseyside for one of our toughest games in the run in, at Goodison Park.
The Toffees come into today’s game with 8 straight wins at home and whilst we might have beaten them 5-0 already this season, there’s no getting away from the fact they’ve won six of their last ten home games against us, three of those being in our last four trips to Goodison.
We might only have lost three of our last 28 games in the Premier League but 2 of those have come in our last five games, cutting our lead at the top of the table to just four points now and with Spurs more likely to beat Arsenal than ever in the late game today, we’ll need to do better at Goodison today than we usually do.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Everton manager Ronald Koeman says “Maybe we need to change our mentality a bit because I felt a bit less intensity in the game last week, maybe a bit less motivation. It is always difficult if you have already the seventh position in the pocket and maybe they get a little bit more holiday or end-of-season feeling. That is what I don’t like. We like to keep momentum at home, we are strong at home and we know what we need (to do) to face the best team of the Premier League.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “Everton are a really good team, a strong team with great players in their squad, good quality. A physical team also. They have a good manager and play exciting football. For sure it will be a really tough game for us but at the end of the season, I think every game becomes tough for many different reasons. When they play at home they are strong. For us it is very important to look at ourselves, to prepare very well for this type of game.
In this part of the season every game is very tough for many reasons. You have a lot of pressure, you know you have to win, when you have to play with this target it’s not simple. Not only for us, also for Tottenham. But we are ready. We have worked a lot to fight for the title and we want to reach this target with all our strength. We have to do our job with the right pressure, but at the same time enjoy this moment.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Everton, Aaron Lennon, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori all remain sidelined although Enner Valencia returns after being ineligible to face West Ham.
For Chelsea, Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad available.

TEAMS
EVERTON (Possible line-up): Stekelenburg; Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines; Davies, Schneiderlin, Gueye; Mirallas, Lukaku, Barkley
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz; Willian, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Hazard, Costa, Pedro

LAST SEASON
Everton 3-1 Chelsea (12th September 2015)

RECENT FORM
EVERTON: DWWDL
CHELSEA: WLWWL

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea have lost six of their last 10 away matches against Everton in all competitions
~ Chelsea lost at Goodison Park in both the league and FA Cup last season
~ Everton have only beaten Chelsea in five of their 32 Premier League meetings over the last 16 years
~ Everton have lost just once at Goodison Park all season, winning 12 of their 17 league fixtures.
~ Everton’s 41 goals at home in the league is more than they have managed in any of their last 26 top-flight campaigns.
~ A win would give Everton a Premier League club record of 43 points at home this season
~ Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on 16 April was only their second away league loss in 14 matches
~ Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 league games

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

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