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  • 26 October 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 23070
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Everton - Chelsea Preview: Hosts look to build on weekend win by knocking Andre Villas-Boas' side out of League Cup

Everton - Chelsea Preview: Hosts look to build on weekend win by knocking Andre Villas-Boas' side out of League Cup

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Capital club have fielded weakened teams in the competition so far, unlike their hosts who were boosted by a recent late victory over the visitors' London rivals Fulham


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Mucha
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Barkley, Neville, Fellaini, Rodwell, Drenthe
Saha

CHELSEA

Cech
Ferreira, Alex, David Luiz, Bertrand
Romeu, McEachran, Meireles
Kalou, Torres, Malouda

Buoyed by Everton’s late league win over Fulham, David Moyes will be looking to maintain momentum in a tough home tie.

Given their lack of squad depth, Everton have thus far fielded strong teams in this competition with backup keeper Jan Mucha being the most notable reserve to feature throughout.

Impressive youngster Ross Barkley is likely to be given more time to aid his development in the Toffees’ midfield, hoping to provide ammo for a lone striker, most probably Louis Saha.

Andre Villas-Boas has the suspensions of three players - Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa – to consider ahead of this tie but can now select Fernando Torres after the Spaniard completed his three-match ban.

Chelsea picked a weakened side in their previous League Cup tie this season and may well do the same in order to give their youth prospects some vital minutes at Goodison Park.

Former Barcelona starlet Oriol Romeu could start alongside highly rated England under-21 midfielder Josh McEachran in an inexperienced Chelsea outfit.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea and Everton faced each other just two weeks ago at Stamford Bridge with the Londoners running out 3-1 winners on that occasion.
  • These two sides met in domestic knockout competition last season as Everton dumped Chelsea out of the FA Cup on penalties in the fourth round.
  • The last time the two sides faced each other in the League Cup, Chelsea secured a 3-1 aggregate win in the semi-final of the 2007-08 edition of the competition.
  • Everton have never won a League Cup match against Chelsea in seven attempts, drawing two and losing five.
  • Everton have never won this trophy, finishing as runner-up on two occasions.
  • Chelsea have also lost in two League Cup finals but have lifted the trophy four times.
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Available Squads
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
24Marcus HahnemannGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
23David LuizDefender
33AlexDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
18Romelu LukakuStriker
8Salomon KalouStriker
21Nicolas AnelkaStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
9Fernando TorresStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
Players to Watch
Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Given the nature of the League Cup it is often a chance for young prospects to enhance their reputation and the midfielder from Wavertree could just be the one to grab the headlines.

He has received high praise for his cameo performances so far this season and will be looking to test how far he has progressed against a higher calibre of opponent in Chelsea.
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Spaniard appears to be hitting form for the Londoners and continued his good run with two goals against Genk.

Andre Villas-Boas will be keen to keep the forward at full sharpness given his current potency in front of goal and he may well thrive against a side he so often scored against when in the employment of their Merseyside rivals.
Prediction
Everton lost comfortably to Chelsea just weeks ago at Stamford Bridge but are likely to be an entirely different prospect in front of a home crowd and on the back of a good win at Fulham.

Chelsea will see themselves unlucky to have lost against QPR last time out after dominating the game with nine men when the careless play of two players resulted in red cards.

However, the makeshift team that the visitors are expected to put out may just give enough impetus to the Merseyside outfit to see them cause problems.

All these factors indicate it could be a tight contest on the night and may come down to a battle over who can keep their nerve from the penalty spot, with the hosts likely to knock their opponents out of cup competition for a second successive season.
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