The question is which set of players will show up on Saturday afternoon. Will it be the Chelsea that drew at home to newly promoted Watford or will it be near perfect performance of the Crystal Palace match? I firmly believe that if Chelsea play to their best, like they did in the Palace match, then they will easily see of this Everton side. However it has been far more likely that the players do not perform to the level required, in this case then Everton will likely get the win.
With Chelsea’s defensive record at home not being what it was, the four players at the back will have to keep a careful eye on attacking pair, Lukaku and Deulofeu, who have shown quality over the last few weeks.
Diego Costa is a man that can change a game on its head in a second. While he has not been on the best form this season, since Hiddink took over Costa has scored a respectable 4 goals in 4 games. All Chelsea fans will hope that he can keep that form up and avoid getting into too many scraps with the Everton defence. It will also be a good test for young John Stones, who admittedly has made several mistakes over the last few games has still shown a strong ability to lead the back line. The battle between Stones and Costa will be interesting.
Pedro. The biggest signing of the summer for Chelsea, expected to walk into the team and start scoring. It looked that way at first with a goal and an assist in his first game, however since then his stats have not looked that kind. While I do not believe that he has been the flop that many believe him to be and that he has put in some rather strong performances, especially considering his playing style stems from a strong connection with the players around him, especially in his full back, Ivanovic, who has had a very poor season in both an attacking and defensive manor. Hiddink will have a decision to make as to wether he gets the call up this game, after his very poor performance against West Brom, in which Kennedy replaced him at half time. While Kennedy looked shaky at his first introduction to the match, he grew into it very well, even coming very close to scoring from a shot from far. There are also others on the bench that would jump at the chance to start, including Loftus-Cheek and Traore.
Match: Chelsea v Everton, Saturday 16th January 2015
Time: 3pm Kick off
Television: Not available
Highlights: Sky and BBC on Saturday evening
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Cahil, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Oscar, Willian, Costa
Everton: Howard, Stones, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines, Besic, Barry, Deulofeu, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku
Last match: Everton 3 Chelsea 1
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