Three players Everton should target to ensure victory over Chelsea; featuring Terry and Fabregas

The Toffees should target John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas to secure victory against Jose Mourinho's side.

John Terry

The Chelsea captain, who played every minute of every game in last season’s title-winning campaign, has come in for criticism for his performances so far this season, with some suggesting this could be the beginning of the end for him.

He was badly exposed against Manchester City, with Sergio Aguero’s pace and guile causing him particular trouble before he was hauled off at half time. Everton triker Romelu Lukaku is perfect for this role, always looking his strongest when running at defenders and, if he can get at Terry in this manner, he could enjoy a fine afternoon.

Branislav Ivanovic

Similar to Terry, the previously infallible Ivanovic has come in for stern criticism so far this campaign. In the City game, the Chelsea full-back was left trailing as Raheem Sterling used his pace to his advantage - and this is something Everton should look to exploit.

Although Kevin Mirallas usually starts on the left, moving young forward Gerard Deulofeu or Aaron Lennon, both of whom possess bags full of pace, into the position could be a masterstroke from Roberto Martinez. Either would prove tough opposition for Ivanovic if his performance against Sterling is any marker.

Cesc Fabregas

While he started last season on fire with assist after assist for the Blues, this season’s opening has been a slow one for the Spaniard. He was another one who struggled in that Manchester City game, as their midfielders exposed his overall inability defensively to get at the Chelsea back four and particularly John Terry.

If Ross Barkley could copy David Silva’s role on that day, finding the space that Fabregas left open and leaving Nemanja Matic with too much to do, it could be the key to Everton dominating the midfield as City did - their biggest chance to ensure victory.

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