Chelsea v Everton
As well as long-term absentee Victor Anichebe (knee), Everton have a couple of lingering doubts ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge.
An ankle injury forced Tim Cahill to withdraw from the Australian squad last week and the Blues medical staff will have to have a close look at him ahead of Saturday’s game.
Dutchman John Heitinga (knee) also missed his country’s midweek outing, and he remains a doubt for the clash.
The hosts will be without the suspended Fernando Torres while long-term knee victim Michael Essien is still some way off a return.
1 The Toffees’ five match unbeaten run at Chelsea is the currently the longest by any visiting team at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, with all the matches drawn. No Premier League fixture has ever had six successive draws.
2 Everton have lost just one of the last nine league meetings between the teams, although six have been drawn.
3 Phil Neville scored his first senior goal in Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in February 1998.
4 Louis Saha has netted nine times during his career against the London club, including five in six games for the Toffees. If he appears on Saturday it will the striker’s 100th match for the Toffees.
5 Everton, under David Moyes, have played Chelsea more times than any other side – Saturday is the 28th meeting between the clubs since the Scot took over in 2002.
6 Phil Jagielka requires one more appearance to reach 150 for Everton in all competitions, while Jack Rodwell needs one more for 100 for the Toffees.
Everton’s Tim Cahill: “I think every week’s a battle, particularly if you’re playing against the big centre backs, and particularly with the formation we play you have to take the fight to the central defenders.
“You’ve got to make sure they worry about you to make room for other players on the pitch to score or create a chance. John Terry is an exceptional footballer and we’ve had some great games in the past. Hopefully this will be another one.
“When we are up against it we seem to shine a bit and try and fight our way out of a corner - the main thing for us it to keep the unity and keep the strength on the pitch.
“We need to have the determination and grit to go to a place like Chelsea and get the right result.
22/5/11: Everton 1 Chelsea 0: Jermaine Beckford’s stupefying goal saw the ten-man Blues complete 2010/11 in party mode with a fully deserved victory over the West Londoners in what proved to be Carlo Ancelotti’s final game in charge.
Beckford collected the ball inside his own box before embarking on a mazy, jinking run all the way up the pitch. A stroke of fortune just inside the Chelsea half helped put him clean through but he still had plenty to do. Three exquisite touches – the final one a deft lob over Peter Cech – then secured victory on the final day of the season.
17/12/06: Everton 2 Chelsea 3. Jose Mourinho was a self-confessed fan of the atmosphere at Goodison Park and it was games like this slugfest where the Portuguese saw the ground at near its best. Didier Drogba's brilliant long-range volley eventually clinched the points after an absolute thriller. Mikel Arteta's first-half penalty put Everton ahead but Chelsea levelled when Michael Ballack's free-kick hit the post and deflected in off the back of the diving Tim Howard.
Joseph Yobo headed Everton in front before Frank Lampard's fantastic looping equaliser and Drogba's late thunderbolt.
The main early talking point was a rejected penalty claim when Andy Johnson was caught between Khalid Boulahrouz and goalkeeper Hilario. Referee Mark Halsey checked with the linesman before waving away any appeals, a decision that raised passions in both managerial dug-outs.
A glut of strikers have donned the blue of both clubs over the years, including the master goalscorer Tommy Lawton, Duncan McKenzie, Graham Stuart, Mark Hughes, and John Spencer.
Winger Pat Nevin is still fondly remembered by supporters of both clubs, while midfielders Mickey Thomas and Gary Stanley and full-back Terry Phelan also represented both. Use the comments section below if you can think of any more.
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