Chelsea vs. Everton – PREVIEW

Chelsea vs. Everton – PREVIEW

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Guus Hiddink is looking for his side to bounce back as Chelsea take on Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (15:00 GMT KO).

The Blues were denied their first back-to-back wins this season after drawing 2-2 with West Brom on Wednesday.

Everton sit in 11th, three places and four points above Chelsea, but are unbeaten in their last three which included a win and a draw against Manchester City.

Earlier this season at Goodison Park, a hattrick from midfielder Steven Naismith was enough to sink the Blues, who were then managed by Jose Mourinho. Nemanja Matic’s thunderous strike wasn’t enough to stop a 3-1 defeat.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: WDDWWD (includes one FA Cup game).

Everton: WLDWWD (includes one FA Cup game and one League Cup game). 

 

Team News:

– Eden Hazard is unlikely to feature as he continues to nurse a groin issue.

– There are now new injury concerns for Chelsea.

– Tom Cleverley is “50/50″ after picking up a knock.

– James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman are both out.

– Steven Naismith is also unlikely to feature due to fitness and transfer speculation.

– Roberto Martinez has no other injury concerns.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea are unbeaten in 20 home games against Everton (W11, D9).

– The Blues remain unbeaten under Guus Hiddink (W2 D3).

– Roberto Martinez has lost on all six Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge as an opposition manager.

– This will be Martinez’s 250th Premier League match as a manager. He is one short of 100 defeats in the division (W77, D73, L99).

– Everton have lost just one of their 10 Premier League away games this season (W3, D6).

– If Chelsea lose, it will be Everton’s first league double over the hosts since the 1978-79 season.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (home vs. West Brom, drew 2-2): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Mikel, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.

Everton (away vs. Manchester City, drew 0-0): Howard, Stones, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines, Besic, Barry, Deulofeu, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku