Chelsea vs. Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs. Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On Saturday November fifth, Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge, with the hosts just one point off the top of the Premier League.  After a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Arsenal, Chelsea have won their last four Premier League matches and haven’t conceded a goal in any of them.  Their winning run has vaulted them up to fourth in the Premier League, just one point off the three way tie at the top between Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City.

After a run of four Premier League matches without a win, Everton got back on track last week with a 2-0 win over West Ham.  While they had a poor run of results, highlighted by the 1-0 loss to Bournemouth and the 2-1 loss to Burnley, Everton have started the season well, with 18 points from 10 games, five off top and only four off Chelsea.

Team News

Chelsea have had a pretty good season on the injury front.  Their injury situation could get even better this weekend with both Kurt Zouma and Cesc Fabregas in contention to return from their injuries, according to Physioroom.com.

Everton have quite a few injury issues to deal with.  Mohamed Besic, Tyias Browning, and Matthew Pennington will all miss out through long term injuries, according to Physioroom.com.  Both James McCarthy and Leighton Baines look set to be out for this match as well, but could be back after the upcoming international break.  Arouna Kone and Maarten Stekelenburg both look set to take late fitness tests and will have their fitness determined closer to kick off.

Interesting Statistics

  • Chelsea are winless in their last three matches against Everton in all competitions after winning seven of their previous nine against the Toffees.
  • Chelsea have a +10 goal difference at home, compared to only a +2 goal difference away from home.
  • Diego Costa has scored more than a third of Chelsea’s Premier League goals this season, with eight of the team’s 21.
  • The tie features a clash between two of the top three goal scorers in the league this season.
  • Diego Costa has scored eight goals, most in the league so far, while Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals, tied with Sergio Aguero for second.

Key Players

Chelsea: Eden Hazard

Despite a poor 2015/2016, Eden Hazard is still one of the jewels of the Premier League.  The Belgian is a superstar on his day and can play as well as anyone in the league.  With three goals and an assist in his last three Premier League matches, Hazard is looking like the player that led Chelsea to the league title and won player of the year.  When he is playing at his top level, Hazard can win games by himself.

Everton: Romelu Lukaku

Another Belgian, after a slow start to the season Lukaku has been on a tear recently with eight goals or assists in his last seven matches.  The former Chelsea man is one of the best goalscorers in the league and has formed a good connection with new boy Yannick Bolasie.  Bolasie has assisted a Lukaku goal four times already this season, more than any other combination in the league.

Prediction

Everton have been much improved, but so have Chelsea.  Chelsea’s defense has been rock solid since switching to the 3-4-3.  It’ll be tough for Everton to break down that defence and Chelsea have shown that, while it can take them a while, they can break down a tough defence.

Prediction: 1-0 Chelsea