Chelsea host high-flying Everton in Saturday’s early kickoff as Jose Mourinho’s team surges forward to try to claim its first league title in several years. The West London team lead the English domestic top flight by a single point.
The Blues have already lost to Everton this season and Mourinho is braced for another tough test against Roberto Martinez’s side on Saturday.
Everton continue to have a good season as well following their 3-1 win over Swansea in the FA Cup. They are in sixth place in the Premier League, with a game in hand following last week’s postponed match.
Last five games (all competitions)
Man City 2-0 Chelsea (FAC)
West Brom 1-1 Chelsea (PL)
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United (PL)
Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea (PL)
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United (PL)
Everton 3-1 Swansea (FAC)
Tottenham 1-0 Everton (PL)
Everton 2-1 A Villa (PL)
Liverpool 4-0 Everton (PL)
Stevenage 0-4 Everton (PL)
Total Games: 161 Chelsea wins: 61 Everton wins: 49 Draws: 51
Mourinho – who is unbeaten in 73 top- flight home games in charge at Stamford Bridge – may shuffle his pack ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Galatasaray.
Skipper John Terry is expected to return from a muscle problem which has seen him sit out of the team’s last three matches.
Marco van Ginkel remains sidelined but Jose Mourinho has an otherwise fully fit squad for the visit of the Toffees.
Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to feature against his parent club, but is close to recovering from an ankle problem.
Long-term absentees Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo are all still on the sidelines, but Antolin Alcaraz – whose campaign has been dogged by injuries – is available.
* Chelsea have scored more goals against Everton than any other team in their history: 261.
* Chelsea are the stingiest bunch in the Premier League, conceding only 21 goals in 26 games, including 11 clean sheets.
* Since the November international break, the Blues have taken 36 points from a possible 45, more than any other club.
* Chelsea have gained 14 points from losing positions this season, the best record in the Premier League.
* The Blues have won 13 and drawn two of the 16 league games we have opened the scoring.
* Jose Mourinho is unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in all 89 domestic games in open play.
* Everton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League matches, although Chelsea are the only club to have conceded fewer than Everton’s 26 goals.
* Everton have won 10 and drawn one of the 12 matches they opened the scoring.
Date – 21-02-2014
Time – 12:45 GMT
Venue – Stamford Bridge
Referee – Lee Probert
Author’s Verdict – Chelsea 2-0 Everton
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