Everton v Chelsea
Everton's injury list is shorter than in recent weeks after Sylvain Distin made his return from a hamstring problem against Wigan. Phil Jagielka (knee), Leon Osman (foot), Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Seamus Coleman (thigh) are yet to return however. Nikica Jelavic is vying to make his Goodison debut after coming off the bench at the DW Stadium.
Midfielder Ramires definitely misses the clash for Chelsea after suffering medial ligament damage and the Londoners could also be without captain John Terry (knee). Striker Didier Drogba remains on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, while Ashley Cole is available again following a one-match suspension. Frank Lampard (calf) could also return.
Everton: DWWDDL. Wigan (a), drew 1-1; Manchester City (h), won 1-0; Fulham (h), FA Cup, won 2-1; Blackburn (h), drew 1-1; Aston Villa (a), drew 1-1; Tottenham (a), lost 2-0.
Chelsea: DDWDWW. Manchester United (h), drew 3-3; Swansea (a), drew 1-1; QPR (a), won 1-0; Norwich (a), drew 0-0;
Sunderland (h), won 1-0; Portsmouth (h), won 4-0.
1) David Moyes has faced Chelsea as Everton manager more than any other side. This will be the 30th meeting between the two clubs under his reign.
2) Sylvain Distin could make his 100th appearance for Everton.
3) With his goal against Wigan, Victor Anichebe became the first Everton player to reach double figures for goals from the bench.
4) Leighton Baines could make his 100th consecutive appearance in all competitions.
5) Forty-six per cent of the goals Everton have scored this season have been netted in the final 15 minutes of matches, the highest proportion in the top flight.
Everton's Sylvain Distin on Steven Pienaar's performance against Wigan: "“We really missed him when he left and we never really replaced him. He just always wants the ball. Even if he has a player sat on his back he wants the ball. That makes it easier for us at the back – we kept the ball a lot better and that was largely down to him.”
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas after Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Manchester United: "What's important is the disappointment of our fans towards a result like this, and they are right. We wanted to give them a lift in terms of motivation and it's a pity we couldn't give them the satisfaction for the support they put through."
October 26, 2011. Everton 1-2 Chelsea AET (League Cup). A thrilling cup tie ended with the Blues being knocked out in extra time. An unfortunate slip by Jan Mucha in goal meant that Solomon Kalou gave the Londoners the lead before half time. Chelsea's keeper Ross Turnbull was sent off for bringing down Louis Saha in the box before Leighton Baines had his penalty saved by substitute Petr Cech. Saha then found an equaliser with eight minutes left of normal time. With the extra man advantage, the Toffees looked set to triumph, until Royston Drenthe was shown a second yellow card to even the odds. Before the tie could reach a shoot-out, Daniel Sturridge popped up in the 116th minute to send the Stamford Bridge outfit through to the next round.
November 25, 2000. Everton 2-1 Chelsea. A patched-up Everton team came from behind to beat 10-man Chelsea. Italian teenager Sam Dalla Bona put the visitors ahead from distance before Danny Cadamarteri levelled in the second half. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was dismissed for an elbow on Michael Ball on 70 minutes and Kevin Campbell capitalised shortly after and bagged all three points for the Toffees.
Some of the players that have donned the Blue for both clubs include Everton's goalkeeper from 1921, Ben Howard Baker, Scottish winger Pat Nevin, midfielder Duncan McKenzie and left-back Terry Phelan.
Gary Stanley, Graham Stuart, Mark Hughes, Tommy Lawton and John Spencer are also former Everton and Chelsea boys.
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Official Betting Partner 188BET have chosen their Top 5 Betting Picks of the week, for this weekend’s match at home to Chelsea:
Everton to win @ 2.80 (9/5)
Everton to win the first half @ 3.70
Everton to win 2-1 @ 14.00 (13/1)
Nikica Jelavic to score first @ 7.00 (6/1)
Darron Gibson to score first @ 12.00 (11/1)