Everton v Chelsea – Match Preview

Kevin Mirallas (Everton)Rafael Benitez will be re-acquainted with an old rival Everton and is sure to receive a fierce reception. This won’t be new to him or come as a surprise as he has had to endure a lot of flak from his own supporters during his stay at Chelsea.

He may not be interested in making friends, but he is certaintly turning a few Chelsea fans round with recent positive displays. The 1-0 win at Carrow Road may have been grounded out by the manner of the goal between Oscar and the finish by Mata was impressive. They dazzled too against Aston Villa the game before winning 8-0.

An impressive return of 12 goals in their last three Premier League games suggests they can overcome their problems of lacking firepower up front, even if it may be too early to assure this is the case just yet.

It is not all rosy for the Blues and they need to focus in this fixture as fifth placed Everton could overtake them on Saturday with a win against their opponents.

Moyes will be aware that this will be no easy feat. Benitez appears to have the hold over him with a record of won five wins and a draw in his last six Premier League meetings with Everton.

Everton again will Marouane Fellaini for their latest outing at Goodison Park as he continue to serve his three match ban for head-butting Ryan Shawcross. Darron Gibson is eligible for selection after his suspension was overturned by the FA after he was sent off at Upton Park against West Ham but he has also been struggling with a thigh strain.

Chelsea welcome back Ramires into the matchday squad for this game after recovering from a knee injury sustained on Boxing day. Sunday’s game could be one too soon for John Terry and Daniel Sturridge is expected to be omitted with a move to Liverpool seemingly imminent.

Everton are one of only two teams with an unbeaten home record in the Premier League this season, so Chelsea won’t find it easy clasping all three points here.

Prediction: Everton 0-1 Chelsea

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