Chelsea v Everton
David Moyes has confirmed that Leon Osman and Phil Neville will both miss the trip to Stamford Bridge with knee injuries. Tony Hibbert could be in line for his second successive outing after playing in his first competitive fixture for five months against West Ham United at Goodison last weekend.
John Terry is a doubt for the Europa League winners after missing the 2-1 win over Benfica on Wednesday with an ankle injury. Eden Hazard – another who was unavailable for the final in Amsterdam – is also expected to be sidelined with a hamstring complaint. Demba Ba could return to the team after being cup-tied for Chelsea’s European adventure.
Last outing: Everton 2-0 West Ham United (h) 12 May 2013
Last six: DWLWDW
Everton are targeting their first win at Stamford Bridge since November 1994 when a Paul Rideout header proved enough to take all three points. Sixth position is already secure for David Moyes’ side but the Blues boss will be looking to bow out with a league victory that would see the Club complete the season unbeaten in the capital.
Last outing: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica (n), 15 May 2013
Last six: WWWDWW
Chelsea enter Sunday’s encounter unbeaten in nine, dating back to their FA Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester City in the middle of April. A win would be enough to see them finish in third position and secure automatic qualification to the group stages of next season’s Champions League, while a draw could be enough but could trigger an unprecedented ‘play-off’ match against Arsenal.
1) Sunday will be David Moyes’ 518th and final game in charge of Everton. Only Howard Kendall and Harry Catterick have managed more matches for the Club.
2) A victory at Stamford Bridge would take Everton’s points total to 66 which would be the highest total recorded by the Club since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.
3) Three points this weekend would also signal Everton’s 600th away league victory in the Club’s history.
Everton 1-2 Chelsea, 28 December 2012
Chelsea had Frank Lampard to thank as the England midfielder netted a brace to cancel out Steven Pienaar’s first-minute strike. The South African gave the Blues the perfect start when he reacted quickest after Victor Anichebe hit the post. Lampard headed the equaliser before half-time and then won in the game in the 72nd minute to condemn Everton to their solitary home defeat in the 2012/13 season.
Everton 2-1 Chelsea, 10 February 2010
Everton recorded a famous victory over Chelsea in February 2010 as a brace from Louis Saha helped beat the eventual Premier League Champions at Goodison Park. After Florent Malouda’s early strike, the Blues rallied and drew level just after the half-hour mark, Landon Donovan's corner well met by Louis Saha to make it 1-1. A minute before the break Saha was given the opportunity to give Everton the lead when he was brought down in the penalty area by Ricardo Carvalho but the Frenchman was denied from the spot by Petr Cech. However, the hosts were not to be denied a first home win against Chelsea since November 2000 when, on 75 minutes, Saha struck an excellent left-footed volley past Cech to help continue the Toffees’ excellent run of form.
Everton recorded one of their most memorable results on 19 May 1984 when they won the FA Cup by beating Watford 2-0 at Wembley. Finishes either side of half-time by strike duo Andy Gray and Graeme Sharp ensured the Toffees claimed the trophy for the fourth time. Everton’s only Premier League fixture on this date was a 2-2 draw with Sunderland in 2001, a game which saw Idan Tal and Michael Ball register on the scoresheet.
There are a horde of players who represented both Everton and Chelsea during their playing careers. Duncan McKenzie, Pat Nevin and Graham Stuart head the list, joined by Don Hutchison, John Collins, Mark Hughes, Terry Phelan and Mickey Thomas.
Tickets for Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge have sold out. Fans can still watch the game alongside fellow Evertonians with a live screening of the contest in the 1878 Brasserie at Goodison Park. Places cost £12 and also include the appearance of an Everton legend, who will provide match commentary and answer questions from the floor. Call 0151 530 5250 for more information or to book.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant referee: S Ledger
Assistant referee: S Burt
Fourth official: R Madley
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Sunday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win: 9/2
Everton to win 2-0: 25/1
Phil Jagielka to score the only goal of the game: 250/1
Everton to win and Victor Anichebe to score at any time: 11/1
Draw half-time/Everton full-time: 9/1