Chelsea are yet to step onto the pitch for a match this month. The last time they played was on the penultimate day of August in the UEFA Super Cup. The clash lived up to expectations with penalties having to decide the winning team. Unfortunately for the Blues, they finished on the losing side and were left to salute the fighting spirit of eventual champions Bayern Munich.
Chelsea will face a totally different atmosphere at Goodison Park this Saturday. Despite the international break, Jose Mourinho will hope to see his players perform at a great tempo throughout the game. In their last EPL fixture, the Blues were far from being impressive. All they could clinch was a point at Old Trafford in a goalless affair but skipper John Terry is satisfied with Chelsea’s start to the English Premier League so far.
“We are looking fit and very much together - and Jose brings that,” he stated according to the Daily Mirror.
Thirteen places separate second-placed Chelsea and Everton. While only Liverpool seat above Mourinho’s side, the Toffees are yet to lose – but yet to win too. Three games. Three draws. Two goalless matches.
They will be without Antolin Alcaraz (hernia operation) and Darron Gibson (knee injury). They are yet to recapture a good level of fitness but have started training with the first team. Aside these concerns, the Toffees have not been hit with any injury news.
The only misfortune would be the fact that Romelu Lukaku cannot feature against his parent club. The Belgium striker, whose penalty miss against Bayern cost Chelsea the UEFA Super Cup, would have increased Everton’s options upfront.
In his absence, Roberto Martinez will expect a lot from his midfield with new signing Gareth Barry sharing the spotlight with the English national team’s new centurion, Frank Lampard. After joining Everton on transfer deadline day, the 32-year-old is eager to make a big impact on his debut. Sky Sports quoted him as saying:
“It's a fantastic first game to potentially be involved in but it's the manager's decision because I have not played loads of minutes at the moment.
“The season's a well underway now and I've not played but I am confident if asked to play I can do a good job.”
Everton have won two of the last three home matches against Chelsea in the EPL. How likely is a victory for the hosts, this Saturday?
“As you know, Goodison has been a place to play our football and we want that to continue and we want it to be a difficult place for any team to come,” Everton’s boss told Sky Sports on Thursday.
After stumbling against Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City, it would take something special for Everton to score and win against Saturday evening’s visitors at Goodison Park.
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