Everton v Chelsea - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

Chelsea will be looking to make it three wins from three as they face their toughest test of the season so far, whilst Everton will be looking to put the disappointment of last week's draw against Arsenal behind them, and repeat their heroics from last season.

To be played on Saturday 30th August 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool.

Odds: Everton 13/5, Draw 12/5, Chelsea 6/5

Last season: 1-0

Preview & injury news

This was one of the games where Chelsea came unstuck last season, but one which kick started Everton's season under then new boss Roberto Martinez. Everton's start to the season hasn't been the desired one, having let leads slip against both Leicester City and Arsenal to end in 2-2 draws. What will have alarmed Martinez in those two games is the late goals his side have conceded, and the drop-off in fitness his side suffered.

The visitors however, have got two wins from two but have faced opposition who were both promoted from the Championship last season in the form of Burnley and Leicester City, so the trip to Goodison Park represents their toughest test to date.

On the injury front, Everton are without Steven Pienaar after he limped off in the early stages of the draw against Arsenal with a groin injury, whilst Romelu Lukaku's foot injury is still being assessed. Roberto Martinez did confirm that Darron Gibson is back with the squad after a long-term injury whilst Ross Barkley, Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone remain sidelined. New signing Samuel Eto'o could be available for selection against his old club after signing for the Toffees earlier this week.

For Chelsea, their big injury worry surrounds Diego Costa. Costa has reportedly suffered a hamstring injury but the club have since confirmed it's a slight muscular injury and they will assess him in the build-up to the game whilst Andre Schurrle is a doubt because of a leg injury.

Key stats

  Total Scoring AttPossession PercentageError Lead To ShotAccurate PassPlayed
Chelsea 27 62.00 1 464 1
Everton 8 45.00 1 356 1

Above are the statistics in the two side's last match. Chelsea overcame Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge whilst Everton drew 2-2 with Arsenal at Goodison Park. 

As is evident, it seemed to be one way traffic at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea had 27 shots on goal, whilst Everton found scoring attempts harder to come by against Arsenal. They both made the same amount of errors that led to shots last week, though Everton's errors were probably more costly. The fascinating statistic is that Chelsea made 108 more accurate passes than Everton last week with 17% more possession, which probably suggests Everton passed the ball a little better for the time they had it.

5 players to watch

Samuel Eto'o - Roberto Martinez said this week that Eto'o is determined to make his debut against his former club but it's just a question of whether he will be fit enough. It's a big game for the home side and they would love to get their first win of the season against Chelsea again - and against what is likely to be a mean defence, Eto'o could well be the difference.

Cesc Fabregas - Fabregas has been hailed as one of the best buys this summer and adds the extra bit of creativity and spark to the middle of the field. In games like these it can take the extra bit of quality from the middle to win games. In a match that Chelsea lost last season, we may see exactly why Jose Mourinho splashed the cash to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Romelu Lukaku - Another former Chelsea man who could line up for Everton if he is passed fit to play. There haven't been many powerful strikers in the Premier League squaring up to the Chelsea defence recently and it will be interesting to see how a player with those qualities, along with a point to prove, will get on against them.

Cesar Azpilicueta - Azpilicueta has started the season like the last one in the left-back role and has impressed, but given how Roberto Martinez sets his side up along the front three, he may have an interesting battle on his hands. He is also likely to be tested by Seamus Coleman as well as the Everton right-back likes to get forward.

James McCarthy - The midfield battle is always interesting in games like these and McCarthy's presence in the middle of the park is likely to be vital if Everton are to come away with a good result as they face a side with creativity and craft. Nevertheless, a good technical player like McCarthy who gets through a lot of work could can go a long way to both combat the threat Chelsea have as well giving Everton some control.

Last time they met

Chelsea 1-0 Everton - Premier League, February 2014

It took a late goal from John Terry as Chelsea took all three points at Stamford Bridge in what seemed to be a big goal in both the title race, and the race for the top four. A Frank Lampard free kick in stoppage time was met by Terry before Tim Howard could get to the ball, after Everton had chances themselves. They left Stamford Bridge frustrated at not taking something from the game, whilst the home side kept up the pressure on Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.

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