Match Preview: Chelsea FC vs Everton FC

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Chelsea return to Premier League action against Everton, following a disappointing loss against Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend. Mourinho’s boys face the Toffees in an afternoon fixture this Saturday.

The corresponding fixture of last season ensured Champions League football for the Blues this season as Fernando Torres secured a top 4 finish with his winning goal after Steven Naismith had nullified an early Juan Mata lead. Times have changed rapidly, with Jose Mourinho taking over from the interim Rafa Benitez. Juan Mata has moved to new pastures as well.

This time round, the tie is again very crucial as a favourable result will boost Chelsea’s bid for the Premier League title.

DATE & TIME: February 22, 2014 at 07:45 EST; February 22, 2014 at 12:45 GMT; February 22, 2014 at 13:45 WAT; February 22, 2014 at 14:45 CAT; February 22, 2014 at 15:45 EAT; February 22, 2014 at 18:15 IST.

VENUE: Stamford Bridge, London, England.

TV/STREAMING NEWS: The match will be telecast live on Fox Sports 1/Play in Australia, TSN2 in Canada, ESPN +Sur?+Andina in Colombia, Canal+ Sport in France, Sky Sport 1/HD in Germany, Star Sports 4 & Star Sports HD2 in India, Fox Sports HD in Italy, J Sports 4 in Japan, Astro Supersport in Malaysia, Fox Sports 2 in Netherlands, Canal+ Fútbol HD, GOL T & Gol Stadium in Spain, BBC One & BT Sport 1 in UK and NBCSN in USA.
The match is available online on NBC Sports Live Extra in USA.
You can also catch the game on BBC Radio 5 Live in UK and TalkSport Radio if you’re in Australia, Canada, Malaysia or UK.

CHELSEA FC SQUAD NEWS: Marco van Ginkel is the long-term absentee. John Terry is still doubtful and might face a late fitness test.
Predicted Starting XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Matic, Lampard, Hazard, Oscar, Schúrlle, Torres.

EVERTON FC SQUAD NEWS: Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson, Antolin Alcaraz and Arouna Koné will miss the game owing to injuries. Steven Naismith is doubtful as well. Romelu Lukaku, who is nursing an injury, is ineligible.
Predicted Starting XI: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Traoré.

REFEREE: Lee Probert.

FORM INDEX: Chelsea – WWDWWD; Everton – DWDLWL

FUN TRIVIA:

  • Chelsea are undefeated in their last 19 home matches against Everton in all competitions.
  • Everton have won just 1 of their last 6 away games in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea have conceded just 21 goals and have the tightest defense in the league.
  • There has been eight red cards in all previous encounters between these two teams, with Chelsea receiving 5 and Everton 3.

Chelsea looked lacklustre against Manchester City and West Brom last week, owing to tiredness. Chelsea need to avoid complacency and must be at the top of their game to beat Everton in this crucial game.

23 Comments
  1. adam says

    I don’t know why you continue to put Luiz in defense: he is etter place is in DM.

    Predicted Starting XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Luiz, Hazard, Oscar, Schúrlle, Torres.

    1. Mason Cole says

      They put Luiz CB because JT is a doubt…

  2. Nelson Kibet says

    Leave this Luiz thing aside….He costed us Two goals against City. Let him warm the bench!!

    1. msreya says

      I think you don’t realize John Terry is still doubtful to start. If he’s not fit, it is Luiz who will start at the back.

    2. alexcfc8 says

      He didn’t cost us two goals he was one of our better defenders

      1. xtian says

        I think luiz has been sloppy in defence lately. Just watch Anichebe’s goal against Chelsea and Nasri’s goal and you could easily notice that if he has been half as good as you claim, he would have prevented them both and kept us in the running.

  3. Adetayor says

    The everton line up iz nt complete…u wrote 10 players instead of 11. where iz d last player

  4. Fik says

    It is a big match has to win!! Cech- Iva – Cahil – Ter/Luiz – Cole – Rami – Matic – Schurr – Osc – Haz – Torres/ETO!! We hv to revenge what we lost in their home!

  5. wambua says

    i hope 2 see Luiz on beach if nt at Dm…azpilcueta,cahil,ivan,cole in defence

  6. Gbasha.bitto says

    This is counter game we need Luiz in midfield )invanovic,cahil,terry,cole
    matic/luiz
    hazard,willian,oscar
    Torres not Eto

  7. Martin, Norway. says

    We need Terry in the defence. We cant risk Luiz in the defence because he can be quite unstable especially against so good team like Everton.

  8. Martin, Norway. says

    This will be a tricky and crucial encounter against Everton, hope for three points though.

  9. A & A trading's says

    The line up should be like this if ‘IM MOURINHO’

    CECH
    AZPI-CAHIL-IVANOVIC-COLE
    DAVID LUIZ-MATIC
    WILLIAN-OSCAR-SCHURLE
    TORRES

    **Hazard to play in the last 20 minute if we still goaless…give Lampard 10 minute to play and also change david luiz with Ramires if we are behind. Hazard have to take a rest before we face the Galasataray in champion league..hazard is fatique….
    **3-1 Chelsea win tommorow.

    1. K DHEERAJ says

      Yeah! Even i opine ivanovic and cahill should be our CB’s.David luiz must partner Matic in central midfield. Come on BLUE LIONS!

  10. hassassin says

    If terry fails fitness test then Ivan should be our cb….no Luiz pl…he’s shit at cb and lord at cdm… He’s something like a box to box mid…

  11. Zyte says

    Cech
    luiz,iva,cahil,azpi
    maticlamp
    hazard,oscar,schurl
    torres.
    so dat luiz can hav d liberty 2 attack & defend.cfc 4 life.

  12. Neri Abayomi says

    I still believe that Luiz is a top central defender with high quality ball playing skills, he just needs our undivided support to attain greater heights.

    John Obi Mikel has nothing to proof to his haters. Jose , Avram , Felipe , Guus, Carlo , Andre , Roberto , Rafa and Jose again, all have one thing in common, they all found him useful and they all used him and won lots of titles except for Avram, Felipe and Andre. Stop hating, the boy is good.

    1. xtian says

      The only thing about Mikel is that he is decent in his natural position compared to Luiz. I think Luiz should be converted to a midfielder, bad news for Brazil though.

    2. FLENZY-CHELSEA says

      Som of dem were interims, and in 2004/5 in joses team was Mikel playing wen the likes of Makelele and Essien were rocking the midfield like rock?. Com again dont throw dust ur own eyes, nd now jose knew that guy wont help him thats why he brought in matic, nd he is showin class in this same midfield.You people dont lyk the truth, at first I hated Gabby buh I hv now realized he was sayin the real truth, that guy slows our game play nd run like a 70yr old woman when the opponent has the,no sliding, I dnt if he doesn’t wanna be dirty on the pitch or some.I know some nigerians are good coz they say the truth about their player,if u love some u check his good and bad side, wise one’s will understand what am saying,nobody hates him,but he somtimes disorganises our midfield. The pressure is on us when he comes in,at the westbrom match the pressure became more and they scored when he came in. man.shitty too we plaued without him two times we won, when he came in this last one bomb.study him Gabby said this I did I hv noticed it very well.

  13. miles says

    My predicted strting 11 is this- iva, cahill, luiz, azpi,matic, lampard, salah, oscar, hazard, torres. Mou prefers iva in) so that’s where he will be. Terry not yet fit so won’t risk that means luiz in defence. Cole won’t play this game, maybe against galatasaray. Mou believes in salah, even more than schurrle so I believe it will be his first start for chelsea plus he can’t play in champ league so it will compulsory that he and matic play this game. Hazard will start cos mou is not a big fan of experimenting. Torres will start over eto cos eto seems to only lift himself when playing against big teams. That will be the team 2moro.

  14. alexcfc8 says

    Luiz and Cahill are doubtful, Torres is pipped to start as Mou wants Eto’o to play against Galatasary as at home you need a striker who can go toe to toe with them not play in between the lines

  15. alexcfc8 says

    Cech
    Azpilli,Ivan,Terry,Cole
    Matic,Lamps
    Salah,Oscar,Schurrle
    Torres

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