Sat 14 Sep 2013 17:30 (Attendance: 36,034)
Nineteen days after our last league fixture, Chelsea return to the north-west again. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton get set for September's first challenge…
Saturday evening's return to club action pits Jose Mourinho against Roberto Martínez, another manager (like Steve Bruce and David Moyes already this season) who is no novice to the Premier League but will face the Blues for the first time with his current club.
Against Chelsea to date, Martínez has one win and one draw stacked up against six defeats, including the famous 8-0 of 2010, when tactical novelty was undone by a red card. Those games were with Wigan, where he delivered the club's first major silverware in the FA Cup last season on a very tight budget. Despite his reputation for expansive football, though, the Spanish manager's league record is not so impressive.
At Swansea between 2007 and 2009 he earned promotion from League One and ended eighth in the Championship. From 2009 he steered Wigan to 16th in successive top-flight campaigns, then 15th and finally 18th - and relegated.
Nine-times English champions Everton, who presently lie 15th and could slip as low as 18th before the 5.30pm kick-off, have expectations above those of the lowly Latics but with a similarly tight purse-string. Since switching to Merseyside, Martinez has posted three successive draws in the league, including two 0-0s. Visitors Chelsea, who recently held Man United to the same scoreline at Old Trafford, were the only team from the capital with the recipe to beat Moyes's Toffees last season.
Having counted the players out and counted them back in again, we can set the stress of international games and the inevitable injuries to one side until mid-October, returning to the relative bliss of domestic football.
One traveller in particular deserves congratulations. New England caps centurion Frank Lampard joins 10 other current or former Chelsea players to have reached that international milestone.
|100 CAREER INTERNATIONAL CAPS|
|9||Petr Cech||Czech Republic||103|
|10||Damien Duff||Republic of Ireland||100|
It is interesting to note that just two of the XI have represented England, though that represents a quarter of the country's total of eight. The Chelsea centurions would make a pretty tasty team - providing Mark Schwarzer is happy to fill in at centre-back.
Lampard, Chelsea's record goalscorer, was unable to add to his international tally against Ukraine but Everton are one of the sides against whom he hits the net with regularity. He managed a vital brace in the 2-1 win at Goodison last Christmas.
This weekend and Wednesday's Champions League opener against Basel may offer Chelsea supporters first sight of transfer deadline arrivals Willian and Samuel Eto'o. First sight in the right shirt, that is: both have played against the Blues.
Willian scored twice for Shakhtar in a 3-2 Chelsea home win; his new teammate Eto'o (pronounced 'Ay-toh') netted three times in eight matches with Inter and Barça, four of them at the Bridge. (To sugar that pill, the Cameroonian also hit three in two against Spurs.)
Equally, if not more important, the international break gave back-to-back Player of the Year Juan Mata the chance to approach full fitness after niggling injuries. He joined the likes of John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, who remained behind to work with Mourinho ahead of this weekend's match.
Brazil's fixtures enabled David Luiz to prove his fitness since Chelsea's last domestic action. Disappointingly, Marouane Fellaini's departure has prevented the chance of an Afro hair-off with our Brazilian central defender.
Barclays Premier League fixtures
Manchester United v Crystal Palace 12.45pm - BT Sport
Aston Villa v Newcastle 3pm
Fulham v West Brom 3pm
Hull v Cardiff 3pm
Stoke v Manchester City 3pm
Sunderland v Arsenal 3pm
Tottenham v Norwich 3pm
Everton v Chelsea 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Southampton v West Ham 4pm - Sky Sports
Swansea v Liverpool 8pm - Sky Sports
|Barclays Premier League top six|
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How much that drove Everton was mentality instilled and reinforced by David Moyes during his 11-year stay? New ideas, tactics, relationships are always liable to dislodge some mortar from the settled walls of a fortress.
Chelsea have started games with intensity under Jose Mourinho, pressing opponents in the final third, especially those required to play the ball out from the back.
It is too early to judge who the winners and losers are under new coach Roberto Martinez. Already, though, Everton's build-up appears more patient than before and their game far more possession-hungry. Crucially the pivotal player under Moyes, Marouane Fellaini, has moved on to Old Trafford.
Chelsea's on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku, who will no doubt provide the firepower the new manager felt was lacking (with centre-forward Victor Anichebe departing after 15 years at Goodison), is ineligible for this one.
The absence of his fellow Belgium international, Fellaini, all elbows, height and hair, may also be felt. With his chest like an landing strip he was habitually the man to whom long passes from the back were directed, his shielding bringing others into the fray and allowing him to dictate play at his own pace.
Fellaini, for all his influence, was not the flexible, pressing, ball-retaining midfielder Martinez tends to favour and his frequent fouls caused problems. Chelsea's attacking midfield trio, whoever plays, have rapid mobility and vision that might have troubled the Belgian more than his replacements.
Deadline day loan signing Gareth Barry may also lack pace but at his best he has shown good movement, passing and tactical awareness. Likewise £13m may seem steep for James McCarthy (albeit less than half the Fellaini fee) but the versatile, two-footed Ireland international fitted the Spaniard's system perfectly at the DW Stadium. Teenager Ross Barkley has also earned plaudits while Darron Gibson has been ruled out of the Toffees' line-up.
Thirty-two-year-old Barry, who has not played for Man City this season, or Barkley is likely to partner Leon Osman as defensive screen in midfield. Long-serving Phil Neville retired in the summer.
Last time out Martinez fielded a 4-2-3-1 formation with Nikica Jelavić (pictured below), then more orthodox centre-forward Arouna Koné, at the point. Koné is one of three recruits from Martínez's former club, Wigan, and hit 11 goals in 34 matches for the relegated side. Jelavić, this season's most offside forward, has scored once in the league in 2013.
Martinez's attacking preference is to avoid the congested centre route and attempt to outnumber and isolate full-backs down the flanks. When they are successful, teammates flood the centre for a chance to threaten goal. Lukaku, with his pace and power, is perfect for breaking behind a central defence and dispatching chances with head or foot.
With Lukaku out of the game, the key area of concern for Chelsea will be by far the biggest source of Everton attacks, full-back Leighton Baines and wide midfielder Steven Pienaar on the left. The two link effectively and under Moyes were generally looking to cut in towards the heart of the opposition defence. The South African has scored in his last two games at Goodison against Chelsea and his raiding presence may force Mourinho's hand on who plays right of the three and at right-back.
However both Everton full-backs can be suspect defensively and although Martinez usually requires one of his flankers to stay back it is not always the case at the moment. Chelsea will hope to exploit these areas and get in behind the rearguard, something Norwich targeted in their 2-2 opening day draw. Four times African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o trained with his new teammates this week. Demba Ba and Fernando Torres will also press their case for a start.
With a combined age of 66, Everton's preferred centre-back pairing of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin provide the main presence at set-plays at both ends now that Fellaini has gone. So far they contributed towards two clean sheets in three league matches and just five shots on target - reminiscent of Moyes's safety-first approach. With Chelsea's strength at set-pieces already bringing two goals this season, it remains to be seen whether Martinez's Toffees will remain as hard to crack.
Completing their build-up to this tea-time's visit to Goodison Park, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look back and forward…
WE HAVE HISTORY
Last season's Blues win at Goodison Park was our first there in the Premier League since April 2008, when a first-half Michael Essien knock-in from close quarters secured the three points. The 2-1 win last Christmas ended a run of three successive Everton league wins, although we were victorious there in the Carling Cup in 2011.
On a Wednesday afternoon in mid-April 1948, 28,000 spectators were present for a 6.30pm kick-off to see the London hue of blue triumph. Before Christmas half as many again had watched the Londoners cuff the Toffees 3-1 but Billy Birrell wanted more consistency and the great Roy Bentley had arrived since then.
It had not been an explosive start for the Bristolian, who had managed just two goals in 11 matches. Perhaps his handling since arriving from Newcastle could have been more sensitive - he was played in three of the five forward positions as another arrival, Hugh Billington, hogged the 9 shirt.
It was at inside-right, not elusive centre-forward, that Roy hit the third of his 150 goals for Chelsea in a courageous 3-2 win on Merseyside, the second two-point haul in five days, as any fear Birrell had of relegation evaporated.
The Toffees had ended Manchester United's title challenge at the weekend with a 2-0 win, but remained stoically mid-table. The death penalty had been abolished in the UK the day before but perhaps Birrell would have asked for it back when his defence allowed bit-part right-winger William Higgins to triple his tally for the season with a brace before half-time.
The fact the two sides went in level was down to Bentley, who opened the scoring for the Blues, and a man at the end of his debut season, Glaswegian winger Bobby Campbell (pictured below). The game eventually edged Chelsea's way thanks to 'Ace of Hearts' Tommy Walker, a silky-skilled inside-left. The win was Chelsea's first at Everton since the same 3-2 scoreline had been registered in April 1922.
Our last 10 league meetings at Goodison Park
2003/04 - Chelsea won 1-0
2004/05 - Chelsea won 1-0
2005/06 - Drew 1-1
2006/07 - Chelsea won 3-2
2007/08 - Chelsea won 1-0
2008/09 - Drew 0-0
2009/10 - Everton won 2-1
2010/11 - Everton won 1-0
2011/12 - Everton won 2-0
2012/13 - Chelsea won 2-1
Other fixture last season
19 May 2013 Barclays Premier League
Mata 7 Naysmith 14
Chelsea v Everton in all competitions
Games played 168
Chelsea wins 65
Everton wins 51
Head to head in the league at Goodison Park
Games played 74
Chelsea wins 16
Everton wins 36
Biggest league win at Goodison Park for each team
Everton 6-0 Chelsea - 29/04/1978
Everton 0-3 Chelsea - 01/04/1908 and 13/10/1956
Chelsea lost an away game in the Premier League: 168
Everton lost at home in the Premier League: 258
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,038
Liverpool won the league: 8,533
Chelsea are unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League in 11 games, winning 27 points from the last 33.
We have won three and drawn two of our last five away top-flight league games.
|Last six results|
|Aug 7||Real Madrid (Miami)||L 1-3|
|Aug 10||Roma (Washington DC)||W 2-1|
|Aug 18||Hull City (h)||W 2-0|
|Aug 21||Aston Villa (h)||W 2-1|
|Aug 26||Manchester United (a)||D 0-0|
|Aug 30||Bayern Munich (Super Cup) lost 4-5 on pens||D 2-2|
Premier League scorers (4)
Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, Oscar 1, own goal 1
League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 5
|Chelsea's next three games|
|Wed 18 Sep||FC Basel home||7.45pm|
|Sat 21 Sep||Fulham home||5.30pm|
|Tue 24 Sep||Swindon (Capital One Cup) away||7.45pm|
If selected, Cesar Azpilicueta will make his 50th Chelsea appearance.
9 League championships, last in 1987
5 FA Cups, last in 1995
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985
9 FA Charity Shields (1 shared), last in 1995
Premier League - sixth
FA Cup - quarter-final
Capital One Cup - third round
Everton have not lost at home in the Premier League in 2013. Since our win there last December, the Toffees have taken 24 out of a possible 30 points at Goodison Park.
Everton used 23 players in the Premier League last season - fewer than any other club.
Roberto Martinez has won one of his last 11 games as a manager in the Premier League with Wigan and Everton.
Everton gained 22 points from losing positions last season, the third best record in the top flight.
Last season's Premier League stats
Most starts: Baines 38, Howard 36, Jagielka 36, Osman 36
Most goals: Fellaini 11, Jelavic 7, Anichebe 6, Mirallas 6, Pienaar 6
Manager Roberto Martinez
Days in charge: 101
|Everton's last 10 year Premier League history|
|Last six results|
|6 Aug||Valencia (n)||L 0-1|
|11 Aug||Real Betis (h)||W 2-1|
|17 Aug||Norwich (a)||D 2-2|
|24 Aug||West Brom (h)||D 0-0|
|28 Aug||Stevenage (Capital One Cup home)||W 2-1 aet|
|31 Aug||Cardiff (a)||D 0-0|
Premier League scorers (2)
Barkley 1, Coleman 1
League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 10
Ins Andre Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen, undisclosed), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem, undisclosed), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, free), Cristian Cuevas (O'Higgins, undisclosed), Stipe Perica (NK Zadar, undisclosed), Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala, undisclosed), Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi Makhachkala, undisclosed), Christian Atsu (Porto, undisclosed)
Outs Amin Affane (released, now Energie Cottbus), Yossi Benayoun (released), Aziz Deen-Conteh (released), Paulo Ferreira (retired), Florent Malouda (released, now Trabzonspor), Archange Nkumu (released), Ross Turnbull (released, now Doncaster), Jeffrey Bruma (PSV, undisclosed), George Saville (Brentford, loan), Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid, loan), Todd Kane (Blackburn, loan), Marko Marin (Sevilla, loan), Patrick Bamford (MK Dons, loan), Oriol Romeu (Valencia, loan), Milan Lalkovic (Walsall, loan), Danny Pappoe (Colchester, loan), Sam Walker (Colchester, loan), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Gael Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem, loan), Matej Delac (FK Vojvodina, loan), Jhon Pirez (Leganes, loan), Lucas Piazon (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Wallace (Inter Milan, loan), Cristian Cuevas (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Stipe Perica (NAC Breda, loan), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Victor Moses (Liverpool, loan), Ulises Davila (Cordoba, loan), Sam Hutchinson (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Romelu Lukaku (Everton, loan), Anjur Osmanovic (released).
Ins Arouna Kone (Wigan, £6m), Antolin Alcarez (Wigan, free), Joel Robles (Real Madrid, £2m), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, loan), James McCarthy (Wigan, £13m), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, loan), Gareth Barry (Man City, loan)
Outs Thomas Hitzlsperger, released, now retired), Jan Mucha (released, now Kryliya Sovetov Samara), Jake Bidwell, Brentford, undisclosed), Conor McAleny (Brentford, loan), Marouane Fellaini, Man Utd, £27.5m), Victor Anichebe (West Brom, £6m), Phil Neville (released, now Man Utd first team coach).
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The referee is Howard Webb, who handled five Chelsea matches last season, including our 2-1 win in this fixture on 30 December 2012.
There are no suspensions. Romelu Lukaku is not eligible under the terms of his loan.
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Everton's Steven Naismith scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea suffered a first Premier League defeat of the season at Goodison Park.
On a disappointing evening on Merseyside, we were unable to recover from falling behind right on the stroke of half-time, and though we began the second half brightly, we struggled to find a route back into the game.
Andre Schurrle had our best chance of the game just after the break, but his chipped effort rolled agonisingly wide of the post.
Attention now turns to the Champions League, and an opening game against FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Samuel Eto'o was handed his Blues debut by Jose Mourinho, with our new signing operating as a lone striker.
For Everton, Gareth Barry, who recently joined the club on loan from Manchester City, started, while Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Stamford Bridge, was ineligible to play any part.
Chelsea fell behind inside the opening minute of last season's corresponding fixture, but we were first to threaten this time.
Ramires whipped in a delightful ball from the right-hand side, and though Eto'o connected, our new signing could only direct his header wide. Moments later a jinking Mata run was brought to a halt by a last-ditch challenge by Phil Jagielka.
The home side, who went into the game still searching for their first league win of the season, were next to go close. The ball was worked out wide to Naismith; his cross was a decent one, but Nikica Jelavic, who rose highest to meet the delivery, could only head down and safely into the arms of Petr Cech.
There was little to choose between the sides during the opening 20 minutes with plenty of neat, tidy passing, but a lack of a cutting edge in the final third.
Barry was fortunate to escape a caution for a scything tackle on David Luiz as he attempted to bring the ball out from the back, with the Brazilian looking to influence proceedings further up the field of play.
Just before the half-hour mark we were presented with a glorious opportunity to take the lead, and it owed much to a breakdown in communication in the Everton defence.
Sylvain Distin rolled the ball back to Tim Howard, but the goalkeeper, under pressure, saw his clearance land at the feet of Schurrle. The German showed awareness to lay it into the path of Eto'o, but as the striker fired towards goal, Barry had made up enough ground to make the block and divert the ball over the bar.
Moments later the hosts saw their best chance of the half go begging when Naismith shot wide from Mirallas's pull-back, and as the game began to warm up Howard saved well to deny Ramires.
We continued to create chances, and eight minutes before the break Schurrle should have done better when, with time on his side, he blazed high over the bar from a good position after a Ramires run had been brought to a halt.
Branislav Ivanovic then went close, heading narrowly over the bar from a Mata free-kick, but with virtually the last action of the first half Everton took the lead.
Leon Osman delivered a cross to the far post, and as Jelavic directed it back across goal, Naismith reacted quickest and headed past Cech from close range.
It was harsh on the Blues, and left Mourinho with plenty to think about at the break.
It was the Blues quickest out of the blocks after the restart as we looked to restore parity. Ramires, advancing from midfield, slipped a clever pass into the path of Schurrle, who dinked his effort over Howard, but with the net looking set to bulge, it dropped just the wrong side of the post.
It was a positive start to the second half, and moments later Howard struggled to hold a powerful Hazard strike from outside the box, and while Eto'o was first on to the loose ball his shot was tame and rolled wide.
Shortly before the hour mark, and sensing the need for a change, Mourinho made a double substitution, replacing Mata and Schurrle with Oscar and Frank Lampard, and the Brazilian was involved instantly, going down inside the box under a challenge from Osman. The referee, however, saw nothing in it and waved play on.
It was Chelsea dominating in terms of possession but the Everton defence was standing firm. Fernando Torres was then introduced with 22 minutes left on the clock at the expense of Ashley Cole as Mourinho threw caution to the wind and went with three at the back.
Kevin Mirallas forced a smart save from Cech with a curling free-kick as Roberto Martinez's side attempted to put the game out of our reach, and as the match entered the final 15 minutes it was flowing from end to end.
Eto'o went close as he met a Ramires cross at one end, while at the other Cech pulled off another impressive save to deny Mirallas.
Hazard became the second Chelsea player to enter the referee's book 12 minutes from time when he tripped Seamus Coleman, who had worked himself into a dangerous position on the edge of the box, and we breathed a collective sigh of relief as Leighton Baines's subsequent free-kick came to nothing.
If anything, it was the home side looking more threatening late on, and Cech needed to be alert to save from Mirallas with his feet after the Belgian had got beyond Terry, which was soon followed by a Baines free-kick clipping the top of the bar.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry (c), Cole (Torres 68); Ramires, Mikel; Schurrle (Lampard 57), Mata (Oscar 57), Hazard; Eto'o.
Unused substitutes:Schwarzer, Cahill, Essien, De Bruyne.
Booked Ivanovic 64, Hazard 79, David Luiz 82, Mikel 86
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka (c), Distin, Baines; Osman, Barry; Naismith (Stones 88), Barkley, Mirallas (Deulofeu 90+1); Jelavic (McCarthy 66).
Unused substitutes: Robles, Heitinga, Oviedo, Gueye.
Scorer Naismith 45