Everton vs. Chelsea – PREVIEW

Everton vs. Chelsea – PREVIEW

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Chelsea are looking to bounce back from their European exit as they face Everton in the quarter finals of the FA Cup at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Blues were beaten 2-1 by Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday, crashing out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage. However, they are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League games and have scored 12 goals and conceded just two in the FA Cup this season, beating Scunthrope, MK Dons and Manchester City 2-1, 1-5 and 5-1 respectively.

Everton currently sit 12th in the Premier League, two places and two points behind Chelsea, and have beaten Dagenham and Redbridge, Carlisle and Bournemouth 2-0, 0-3 and 0-2 respectively on their way to the quarter finals.

Last six games:

Everton: WWLWWL (includes one FA Cup game).

Chelsea: LWWWDL (includes one FA Cup game and two Champions League games).

 

Team News:

– Bryan Oveido is out for the Toffees with a chest infection.

– Aaron Lennon’s hamstring problem will also be assessed, but fellow midfielders Gareth Barry and Tom Cleverley should both be fit after suffering from illness.

– Kevin Mirallas is suspended after being sent off for two yellow cards in the 2-3 defeat to West Ham last Saturday.

– Chelsea striker Diego Costa is doubtful with a tendon injury which forced him to be substituted against PSG.

– Eden Hazard is 50/50 after picking up a hip problem.

– John Terry could return from a hamstring injury but this is yet to be confirmed.

 

Statistics:

– Guus Hiddink has never lost an FA Cup match with Chelsea (played six, won six), guiding them to the trophy in 2009.

– Eden Hazard has scored and assisted in both of his two FA Cup appearances this season (two goals, three assists in total).

– Former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has scored in each of his four FA Cup appearances for Everton.

– Ross Barkley has been involved in 20 goals in all competitions this season – the most of any English Premier League midfielder (12 goals, eight assists).

– Everton and Chelsea have been paired together nine times in the FA Cup. Chelsea have won six of those, but have never won an FA Cup tie at Goodison Park.

– The Toffees have won five of their last nine home games against Chelsea in all competitions (D1, L3), but Roberto Martinez’s side have lost three of their last four home games.

 

Starting XI last time out in the FA Cup:

Chelsea (home vs. Manchester City, won 5-1): Courtois, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro, Costa.

Everton (away vs. AFC Bournemouth, won 0-2): Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Oviedo, Barry, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley, Cleverley, Lukaku.