Chelsea v Everton - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 12:45. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.

Odds: Chelsea 8/13, Draw 3/1, Everton 6/1

Last season: 2-1

Preview & injury news

Chelsea go into this game in a relatively good position as they currently sit top of the league, though Manchester City would overtake them as things stand if they won their game in hand. Despite their strong position, they have had a couple of disappointments of late, including a 1-1 draw away to West Bromwich Albion before they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Man City last weekend but they are undefeated in each of their last 10 league games.

Everton, however, progressed through to the quarter finals of the Cup after their win over Swansea City and will want to keep up their pursuit of Champions League football. A win at Stamford Bridge will give their cause a massive boost, but if they lose at the weekend they could end up 11 points behind fourth placed Liverpool, even though they have played a game less.

On the injury front, Chelsea could welcome back their captain to the heart of the defence after a muscle problem which means they will have a full compliment of players available, apart from Marco Van Ginkel who is continuing his recovery from an ACL injury.

For Everton, Romelu Lukaku would be ineligible for the game against his parent club but he is also continuing his recovery from an ankle injury, but there is a chance Steven Naismith could be available after suffering from concussion. Antolin Alcaraz's injury problems are behind him according to Roberto Martinez so there is a chance he could be available for selection after a muscle problem. Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo all remain long-term absentees.   

Key stats

Here are the two sides top scorers in the Premier League this season.

Eden Hazard Chelsea FW 12 26 2,190
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea FW 6 16 1,032
Oscar Chelsea MF 6 24 1,602
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 9 19 1,547
Seamus Coleman Everton DF 5 23 2,059
Kevin Mirallas Everton MF 5 25 1,812

Head to head on the average possession statistics

NamePossession PercentagePlayed
Everton 55.92 25
Chelsea 54.23 26

And the amount of clean sheets the sides have kept this season.

NameClean SheetPlayed
Chelsea 11 26
Everton 9 25

5 players to watch

John Terry - Terry has missed out in the past couple of games which has seen Chelsea drop points in the title race and they have been knocked out of the FA Cup, so Jose Mourinho will be hoping for his return to the back line.

Lacina Traore - Traore managed to grab a goal on his first start for the Toffees in the FA Cup win over Swansea and both he and his manager will be hoping to add to his tally as Everton look to send out a message to the rest of their top four rivals by saying they are capable of taking the final Champions League spot.

Willian - Willian seems to be one of Mourinho's men for the big occasion. A hard worker who can pin a full-back into a deeper position and with Roberto Martinez a fan of playing his full-backs quite high up the field, it wouldn't be surprising if the Chelsea boss uses Willian to both counteract that threat, and use Willian's pace and technical ability to good effect going forward.

James McCarthy - There is going to be some hard work required from Everton if they are to leave Stamford Bridge with a positive looking result, and McCarthy's performances epitomise that. He is also effective carrying the ball forward and has the potential to trouble a solid Chelsea back line.

Eden Hazard - Hazard has been without doubt one of the best players in the league this season as his wonderful trickery, skill and finishing has helped out Chelsea on numerous occasions so far this season - and he usually comes up with the goods when Chelsea face a big test.

Earlier on in the season

Everton 1-0 Chelsea - September 2013.

A first loss for Jose Mourinho since his return to Chelsea, and a first league win for Roberto Martinez as Everton boss as his side ended their sequence of draws with a terrific win at Goodison Park. It was a day when Chelsea's poor finishing cost them as Samuel Eto'o made his debut, who was denied by a terrific challenge from Gareth Barry who was making his debut for the home side. Leon Osman's cross was headed on by Nikica Jelavic before Steven Naismith headed in from close range to give the home side the lead on half time. Everton thwarted the visitors in the second half, including a couple of good stops from Everton keeper Tim Howard but the home side held out to take all three points.   

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