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  • 15 October 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
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Chelsea - Everton Preview: Andre Villas-Boas' men looking for first clean sheet since opening day of season

Chelsea - Everton Preview: Andre Villas-Boas' men looking for first clean sheet since opening day of season

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The hosts have conceded in every single Premier League game following goalless draw at Stoke City, but still remain in third place and boast a strong home record


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Meireles, Lampard
Sturridge, Drogba, Mata

EVERTON

 
Howard
Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman
Cahill
Saha
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas will miss the services of Fernando Torres, who is serving his suspension for a reckless two-footed challenge that earned him a red against Swansea.

With the former Liverpool hitman suspended for this game, Daniel Sturridge could come in as a replacement. Juan Mata and Didier Drogba would likely be preferred over Nicolas Anelka, who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in recent months.

The hosts also have no new injuries from the international break, but Michael Essien (knee) remains sidelined while Henrique Hilario (hip) is a doubt to make the squad.

David Moyes has only one injury related concern ahead of the trip to London, as Victor Anichebe (groin) is sidelined. But barring the lone injury, the Scot has everyone else available for this fixture.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Chelsea are currently on an undefeated run of 10 games in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, winning nine and drawing one in the process.
  • But their record against Everton is not one that they will be proud of, having defeated the opposition only once in the last nine league meetings between the two sides.
  • Didier Drogba (pictured right), however, will be looking forward to this game, as he has hit the back of the net seven times in his last nine outings against the Toffees.
  • Both teams have conceded eight league goals this season. But the home side have managed to score 17, whereas David Moyes' men have found the net only six times.
  • Everton have won only 12 of the 72 meetings between the two sides in London, but have managed to carve out 25 draws during the long history between the two sides. Chelsea have won 35 times against the Toffees on home soil.
  • If all games ended at half-time, Chelsea would still be in third place, but Everton would have slipped down one to 14th in the standings.

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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
3José BosingwaDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
26John TerryDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
33AlexDefender
-Oriol RomeuMidfielder
-Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
17Romelu LukakuStriker
21Nicolas AnelkaStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
26Jack RodwellMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
Players to Watch
Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
The veteran enjoys playing against Everton, evidenced by his seven goals in nine games against David Moyes' men. The Ivorian will want to give his manager a headache upon Torres' return from suspension.
Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Australian may have a big role to play if the Toffees are to get anything out of the clash at Stamford Bridge. He might fancy his chances against the home side's defence, since they have been unable to keep a clean sheet in their last six games in all competitions.
Prediction
Chelsea are strong enough and have the squad necessary to take down the Toffees, who have had an indifferent start to the season.

Despite being unable to keep clean sheets, the home side should have no significant trouble outscoring their opponents.
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