Chelsea keen to bounce back from Champions League exit when they take on Everton at Goodison Park in the FA Quarter Final of the 2015/16 season.
Both teams are having a disappointing season as they have fallen down below the 9th place in the Premier League table. Chelsea are 10th while Everton sit 12th in the table.
Chelsea’s elimination from Champions League left them with FA Cup as their only chance to win a silverware this season. And this may well be their tournament as the rest of the strongest teams in the competitions have hardly any success against them in the recent seasons.
Everton are an unpredictable team and haven’t done enough to justify the team’s potential this season. But they are still in the competition and at the moment it is equal chance to progress to the next round.
Everton overtook Bournemouth in the fifth round of the competition by winning 2-0 away, before winning against lower division sides Carlisle and Dag and Red in the previous rounds. The Toffees have kept a clean sheet in each of their three matches in the competition and scored at least 2 goals in each of them.
Everton’s recent home form is pretty poor and have lost three of their last four matches, all of them in the Premier League.
Chelsea had an easy route to the quarter finals and so far got the best of lower division sides Scunthorpe and MK Dons before thrashing a second string Manchester City side 5-1 in the fifth round.
The Blues do well while playing away from home and have won in 5 out of the last 8 matches. They have won in their last two away matches, both by the same 2-1 score-line.
Chelsea have scored at least a goal in their last 6 games (all competitions)
Everton lost their last 2 home games with a 1 goal margin, but have won 3 of their last 5 games. (All competitions)
Everton: Team News
Tony Hibbert and Browning are out injured for the rest of the season while Tom Cleverley is yet to recover from his illness.
Aaron Lennon, Bryan Oviedo and Gareth Barry are deemed fit enough and are available for selection against Chelsea on Saturday’s crucial tie.
Everton: Predicted Lineup (4-3-2-1)
Robles – Oviedo, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka – Barry, McCarthy – Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon – Lukaku.
Chelsea: Team News
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were taken-off during the mid-week clash against PSG and are set to miss the weekend trip to Goodison Park.
John Terry is also set to miss, while Kurt Zouma and Radamel Falcao are out for reminder of the season.
Chelsea: Predicted line-up
Courtois – Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman – Mikel, Fabregas – Pedro, Willian, Oscar – Traore.
Everton vs Chelsea: Head-to-Head Stats
Last 5 Matches
Chelsea 3:3 Everton (16-01-2016) EPL
Everton 3:1 Chelsea (12-09-2015) EPL
Chelsea 1:0 Everton (11-02-2015) EPL
Everton 3:6 Chelsea (30-08-2014) EPL
Chelsea 1:0 Everton (22-02-2014) EPL
Chelsea were victorious in three of the last five meetings with Everton. Meanwhile, Everton are undefeated in the last two meetings after a win at home and a draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have scored at least a goal in their last 5 games against Everton and have kept 2 clean Sheets against Everton in their last five games.
Everton have won 2 of their last 3 home games against Chelsea.
The last two games between the 2 teams have recorded at least 4 goals and a total of 10 goals was scored in their last 2 meetings.
Everton vs Chelsea: Prediction
Chelsea looked good in their recent outings expect the odd showing against PSG on Wednesday. But it remain to be seen what effect the absence of Costa could bring to the team. Guss Hiddink would want to end his rebuilding era at Chelsea with a Silverware, and with this as the only option.
While Everton are a poor side at their own home and particularly the 2-3 to a 10-men West Ham in the weekend highlight their woes, especially after conceding 3 goals in the final 12 minutes.
Chelsea offer good value for money, despite the absence of key players and they will be too good for Everton on Saturday.