Everton v. Chelsea: Match Preview

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Andy Carroll of Liverpool competes with Phil Jagielka of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 1, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


After returning from the international break, Everton take on one of their favorite teams as they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. Everton has not lost to Chelsea since the 2009 F.A. Cup Final, and they will look to continue their unbeaten run. The Toffees are coming off a disappointing loss in the Merseyside Derby to Liverpool, but Jack Rodwell
's red card was rescinded which makes him available this weekend.

In addtion to Victor Anichebe, Tim Cahill and Johnny Heitinga are in doubt with ankle and knee injuries respectively. There are also some concerns about Leon Osman, but he is expected to be available. For Chelsea, Fernando Torres is unavailable due to suspension, but it is a shame since he really can't score. Michael Essien is the only other injury for Chelsea although there is some speculation David Luiz may be rested after playing two matches while on international duty.

For Everton it will be important to get off to a quick start, and with Everton averaging a goal per game, Louis Saha and Tim Cahill will be men to watch. Seamus Coleman will also have a field day against Ashley Cole if he gets the start. This match will be a much stronger test than years past with new Chelsea boss Andre Viilas Boas.

Project Lineup:

Saha - Cahill

Osman - Fellaini - Rodwell - Coleman

Baines - Distin - Jagielka - Neville

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In the back nothing is likely to change although Phil Jagielka certainly needs to improve his performance or risk being replaced by Heitinga. Baines has seemed to be a bit quiet this season, and hopefully he can get going early on.

The rest of the lineup is likely to be the same as usual, only injuries will prevent anyone from starting. It will be nice if Moyes decides to bring Vellios on as substitute if Everton prove to be lifeless.

If anything this is likely to be an exciting game with a lot of passion, but I'm predicting a 1-1 draw like last years match at Stamford Bridge. Check back here for our gamethread, and until next time COYB!

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