Opposition Scouting Report: Everton vs Chelsea
As the first international break of this season concludes, Chelsea looks forward to giving a fresh start to the season that has been below par.
The previous encounter against fellow London rivals Crystal Palace ended in 3-2 loss for the Blues. But, now, Chelsea are set to travel to Goodison Park and face Everton. The fixture should be full of jeers and cheers too. So without much ado, let’s analyze the Everton unit.
The club’s roots loosely lie with an English Methodist congregation called St Domingo Methodist Church Sunday School in 1865, who decided to build a new chapel in the Liverpool area in 1868. The following year, the church bought some land on Breckfield Road North, between St. Domingo Vale and St. Domingo Grove. This was located in the district of Everton, which had become part of the City of Liverpool in 1835.
Since then Everton have had a successful history winning the Cup Winner’s Cup the league title 9 times and the FA Cup 5 times. They are the only club to have played over 100 seasons in the top flight of English football, the 2014–15 season being their 112th.
Everton are currently occupying the ninth spot in the Premier League table and have an advantage of one point over Chelsea. The Toffees have won against Southampton, drawn twice and lost once. Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku haves been fantastic for Martinez’s side, and both have scored twice this season.
Form Guide: D-W-L-W
Injuries and Suspensions:
Everton have a long injury list with seven players sidelined. A major problem for Everton seems to be the left back spot as both their left-backs; Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo are suffering from an ankle injury and knee injury respectively.
Other players suffering from ankle/foot injury are former Manchester United boys Tom Cleverly and Darron Gibson. Meanwhile, Tony Hibbert and Brendan Galloway are suffering from knee injuries. Finally, Steven Pienaar could be missing the encounter against Chelsea due to a hamstring pull.
Roberto Martinez would like to use a 4-4-1-1 formation. New boy, Rodrigo Funes Mori could be set to make his debut, and John Stones could be forced to play as a left back and fill the void created by Leighton Baines. Gerard Deulofeu could start in place of injured Tom Cleverly. The duo of Ross Barkley and ex- Chelsea player Romelu Lukaku could cause serious problems for the Blues defense, and if a check isn’t maintained on these lads, it could be serious trouble for Chelsea.
Key Player: Ross Barkley
The English midfielder has had a good start to the season as he has chipped in with 2 goals and one assist so far. His international break was fantastic, and he was a key element in England’s wins last week.
Defending has always has been a concern for Everton. They, sometimes, provide way too much space and let attacks develop easily. If Chelsea needs to win the match they need to exploit their vulnerable defense and take their chances well. Another major problem Everton face is the offside trap. The Toffee’s attack has always been caught napping, and Everton would like to maintain a check on this part of the game for the Saturday’s fixture.
Head to Head:
A total of 160 matches has been played between both the sides and Chelsea has won 61 times and Everton 50 times. A total of 49 games have ended in a draw. The previous encounter was won 1-0 by Chelsea in February this year.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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