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Head-To-Head: Chelsea

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Head-To-Head: Chelsea
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Everton take on Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday evening with Roberto Martinez looking to chalk up a memorable first win as manager.

Games between the two sides have proved tight affairs over the years, with the Blues defeating Chelsea in three of the last four Premier League meetings on Merseyside.

Ahead of the latest clash, we introduce a new feature for 2013/14 as Everton legend Graeme Sharp and Yann Tear of the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle help us assess the key battles which could decide the game...

IN THE BOX

Phil Jagielka v Fernando Torres

Sharpy says: “Jags has played excellent so far this season and you can see that from his performance for England in midweek. He just seems to have started where he left off last year and four clean sheets in his past four games for club and country is exceptional.”

Tear says: “Torres' form is quite patchy and it remains to be seen whether he can gain the confidence of Jose Mourinho and find his best form again. But he does look like the best option for the club on Saturday.”

DOWN THE WING

Leighton Baines v Kevin de Bruyne

Sharpy says: “Bainesy’s a top pro and in my opinion he is the best left-back in the country. He was linked with a move to Manchester United but he’s continued to play excellently for the club and I've no doubt that will be the case again on Saturday. He's undoubtedly a key player for this one, as always.”

Tear says: “De Bruyne has played very well and he’s quite like Damien Duff when he first came to Chelsea in terms of his energy. He can cause Leighton Baines problems but he may also have to use that energy and pace to curb Baines getting forward.”

IN THE MIDDLE


Ross Barkley v Oscar

Sharpy says:
“Ross has started the season so, so well. He impressed during pre-season in America and the new manager has given him his chance in the first team and he’s grasped it with both hands. He'll cause any teams problems and after a memorable week for the boy, this is another big test of his talent.”

Tear says: “Oscar has started the campaign superbly well and he is a player that Mourinho rates very highly. He’s adapted well to the Premier League, and though the fans took really well to Juan Mata last season, if Oscar keeps his form up they could well take to him as a new favourite.”

IN THE PAST

Graeme Sharp v Bobby Tambling

Sharpy on Tambling:
“I can’t say much about him as a footballer because he was a little bit before my time - but the record books show he was a fantastic goalscorer. He’s rightly held in high regard by Chelsea and you could see that when Frank Lampard surpassed his goalscoring record last season. It was a fantastic achievement for Lampard because the bar had been set so high by Tambling.”

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