Both sides will be looking to bounce back from their desperately disappointing league performances in their last respective league fixtures and this could be a lively affair as a result.
Chelsea’s form remains stuttering though and they go into the game with four wins in their last seven matches across all competitions. They are without the cup-tied Fernando Torres and other new signing David Luiz, who is ineligible.
Everton are without injured front man Louis Saha and the injured Jack Rodwell. They should take heart from their recent record against the current Premier League champions though, as they remain undefeated against them in their previous last four meetings (won 1, drawn 4) and haven’t lost to the reigning Premier League champions since the 2009 FA Cup Final.
Without Louis Saha up top to trouble the home team‘s back four though, I can see only one winner in this contest. A Chelsea side minus the presence of Fernando Torres should see Didier Drogba restored to the starting eleven, with the Ivorian hoping to point to prove to his manager after he was left on the bench in their last game against Fulham. I’m backing Chelsea to put to bed their recent Everton jinx with a strong performance, as they seek to keep alive any hopes that they may have of winning a domestic piece of silverware this season.
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