Premier League: Everton v Chelsea match preview
A look ahead to the evening kick-off at Goodison Park
Friday 13 September 2013
Everton host second-place Chelsea at Goodison Park where the London side have a poor record of-late. With just two wins from their previous 10 trips to Merseyside, Mourinho faces a stern test against an Everton side with some new faces following the departure of Marouane Fellaini.
Striker Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to play for the Toffees due to his loan agreement with parent-club Chelsea but fellow new signings Gareth Barry and James McCarthy could feature despite the latter only returning from international duty on Thursday. The game will come too soon for defender Antolin Alcaraz and midfielder Darron Gibson who remain sidelined through injury.
Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns and could hand debuts to £30m summer-signing Willian and Samuel Eto’o.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5.30pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Chelsea 2 (Mata, Torres) Everton 1 (Naismith), Premier League, May 2013
Everton 1 (Pienaar) Chelsea 2 (Lampard 2), Premier League, December 2012
Everton 2 (Pienaar, Stracqualursi) Chelsea 0, Premier League, February 2012
Roberto Martinez only has one victory to his name in his previous 11 league matches – W1 D6 L4
Although unbeaten so far, if the Toffees draw this encounter it will be only the fourth time in 43 seasons that Everton have failed to win any of their opening four matches
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 14 matches
Everton have nine clean sheets from their previous 13 matches
Everton to win: 3.2
Chelsea to win: 2.3
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 1 HD 5.30pm, Highlights on BBC1 Saturday at 10.30pm
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