CHELSEA v Everton: Preview

Date: Sunday 11th November 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 14:15 GMT

 

 

 

Just 3 short days after playing in Belarus, today we’re back at home facing Everton.

If you look at the stats for this game, you’d think it’s a foregone conclusion. Everton have failed to win at Stamford Bridge in 28 visits and they’re without a win in their 13 most recent league games played on a Sunday. Silva has also lost all six of his league games in London, so the odds aren’t exactly stacked in his favour.

Chelsea meanwhile, are unbeaten in 11 so far this season and unbeaten in 12 league and cup games at Stamford Bridge. They’re also the only side in Europe’s top five leagues still unbeaten in all competitions. Games aren’t won on stats though and the potential banana skin for us is the intermittent sloppiness that creeps in between spells of proper football. We looked rough against BATE Borisov on Thursday and with Richarlison on six goals in nine league games, Everton won’t be so quick to turn down any gifts our defence might offer up today.

The Toffees have had four wins in their last five and come into today’s game off the back of a win against Brighton last week, so our players will need their feet on the floor and their heads in the game if they’re going to avoid an upset.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri focuses on his players, saying of Ross Barkley “I like very much him because I think he is a complete player. He has physical qualities. He is fast. Technically he’s very good: he has a good kick with the left foot, and with the right. He’s improving in moving the ball. He’s quicker, mentally quicker, and he’s improving tactically. I think he’s on the way to becoming a very important midfielder, not only in England. Barkley, I think at the moment from a tactical point of view, is a step ahead of [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek. Loftus-Cheek arrived later because, in the first part of the season, he had two or three little injuries.”

Whilst on Hazard, Sarri says “He’s doing very well with his back, but now of course he needs to improve the physical performance.  He interrupted the activity for 10, 12 days. So it’s important to have minutes on the pitch in a gradual way.”

Everton manager Marco Silva meanwhile, says “I don’t have doubts that we will improve to the end of the season. The first two away we played with 10 players and almost won. After we played Arsenal and Manchester United. They were more effective than us.  We had a very good win against Leicester and we were competitive in all of them. I am sure we will improve this form.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas (illness) is doubtful and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) faces a late fitness test. Eden Hazard played an hour Thursday and could be available to start.

For Everton, Kurt Zouma is is ineligible and Jonjoe Kenny and Richarlison are both doubts, although Phil Jagielka and James McCarthy are both available.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Morata, Hazard

EVERTON (Possible line-up): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 2-0 Everton (27th August 2017)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: DDWDWW

EVERTON: LWWWLW

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 23 league meetings with Everton at Stamford Bridge
  • Everton’s only win at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League was in 1994.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 league and cup games at Stamford Bridge
  • Chelsea could remain unbeaten in their opening 12 top-flight games for only the second time in their history.
  • Everton have had four wins in their last five top-flight matches
  • Everton have won one of their last 16 Premier League trips to London
  • Everton have lost all four of their matches in the capital this year.

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Everton

Sky Sports: Chelsea 2-0 Everton

Sportsmole: Chelsea 3-1 Everton


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