Pre-match briefing: Everton v Chelsea - part one
news Fri 3 Jan 2014
The Blues head to Merseyside aiming to maintain a 100 per cent record going in to the international break.
Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at the prospects…
Six points stashed, five goals scored and just one conceded from the opening two matches is a solid start but only three times since the back-to-back title season of 2005/06 have Chelsea opened a season with three straight league wins: 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2012/13.
This is our first 17.30 kick-off of the campaign. Last season we faced nine starts around this time, including one at 17.15. Five of them ended in defeat (one at home – Sunderland – and four away) and four in victory. One of those losses was the Everton game.
Goodison Park has been a difficult venue throughout that period. Our narrow 0-1 defeat in September 2013 was Everton’s fourth victory in five league meetings on Merseyside and the first three point haul of Roberto Martinez’s tenure.
Since the first two games were against promoted sides this is the first match to offer a chance of improving the points tally from corresponding fixtures last season. Everton played last week's defeated visitors to the Bridge, Leicester City, on the opening day. Twice they led but succumbed to an equalising goal from the hosts and it ended 2-2.
The Londoners are in a rich vein of form on the road, the setback at Crystal Palace being the last occasion on which any points were dropped – the best run since winter 2013/13. Five on the spin has not been achieved since the seven wins of April-September 2009.
Everton have conceded eight goals at home over their previous four league games, two of which were lost and one drawn.
Chelsea’s name coming out of the bowl first on Wednesday means we have been drawn at home in the League Cup for the first time since the minor epic against Man United of Hallowe’en night 2012 that finished 5-4 after extra time. (The Swansea semi-final at the Bridge in January 2013 was a two-legged tie.)
Our opening round Champions League battle lines were drawn a day later on Thursday. Chelsea will have to overcome two of Schalke, Sporting and Maribor to progress from Group G.
The German side are familiar opponents, beaten home and away in last season’s competition. We have never played a competitive game against Sporting, from Jose Mourinho’s homeland of Portugal, nor the 12-times Slovenian champions, slayers of Celtic in the play-off round. Maribor currently lie fourth, Sporting seventh and Schalke 14th in the early stages of their respective leagues.
John Terry and his team-mates will wear black armbands this weekend as a mark of respect for a remarkable Blues supporter. No football club had a greater friend than Chelsea did in Richard, Lord Attenborough, who died last Sunday aged 90. Over seven decades he projected an unstintingly positive image of the club as a fan, director and life president.
His integrity and humanitarianism not only helped see off developers threatening to close Stamford Bridge in the 1980s, but ensured facilities for disabled spectators were improved once the battle had been won. He was a touchstone for the soul and heritage of Chelsea FC and we will miss him greatly.
Looking at other fixtures, Man City have won four of their last six home league games against Stoke by the same scoreline: 3-0.
Ninth-placed Liverpool travel to leaders Tottenham, a team they put nine past without reply (five at White Hart Lane) last campaign.
On their last visit to Leicester in December 2003 Arsenal had Ashley Cole red carded but clung on for a 1-1 draw.
Barclays Premier League fixtures
Burnley v Manchester United 12.45pm - BT Sport
Manchester City v Stoke 3pm
Newcastle v Crystal Palace 3pm
QPR v Sunderland 3pm
Swansea v West Brom 3pm
West Ham v Southampton 3pm
Everton v Chelsea 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Aston Villa v Hull 1.30pm
Tottenham v Liverpool 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Leicester v Arsenal 4pm - Sky Sports
Barclays Premier League top 10
Last Updated: 18:00, Mon 03 Aug
CHELSEA BY NUMBERS
Chelsea have won our last four Barclays Premier League games on the road - at Swansea, Liverpool, Cardiff and Burnley. Our last away defeat was at Selhurst Park against Palace in March.
The Blues had 27 shots against Leicester (10 on target, nine off target and eight blocked) eight more than any other side has managed so far this season.
Chelsea have conceded just nine league goals throughout 2014, fewer than any other ever-present Premier League side.
Chelsea have kept two clean sheets in our last eight Premier League away games.
Blocked shots on target (12)
LAST SIX RESULTS
League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 7
An away defeat: 4
CHELSEA'S NEXT THREE GAMES
EVERTON BY NUMBERS
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 - fifth
FA Cup - quarter-final
Capital One Cup - third round
Everton have lost more Premier League games than any other team – 297
Last season the Toffees won 19 of the 22 games when they opened the scoring but only won two of the 12 games when their opponents scored the first goal.
Everton didn’t lose any of the 11 games they were ahead at half time. They went on to win 10 and drew one.
Roberto Martinez’s side have only gained four points from their last four home Premier League games.
Everton have scored at least two goals in each of their last seven Premier League home matches.
They have conceded at least twice in four of their last five league games.
The Toffees have scored at least one goal in each of their 10 home Premier League games in 2014.
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: Howard 37, Coleman 36, Distin 33, Baines 32, Barry 32
Most goals: Lukaku 15, Mirallas 8, Barkley 6, Coleman 6
Manager Roberto Martinez
Days in charge: 451
|EVERTON’S LAST 10 YEAR PREMIER LEAGUE HISTORY|
|Jul-22||Tranmere (away)||D 2-2|
|Jul-27||Leicester (Bangkok)||L 0-1|
|Aug-03||Porto (home)||D 1-1|
|Aug-06||Celta Vigo (home)||L 1-3|
|Aug-09||Paderborn (away)||L 1-3|
|The season so far|
|Aug 16||Leicester (away)||D 2-2|
|Aug 23||Arsenal (home)||D 2-2|
Premier League stats
Naismith 2, Coleman 1, McGeady 1
Barry 1, Lukaku 1, Pienaar 1
Shots on target: (5)
Shots off target: (9)
Blocked shots on target: (7)
League games since
A home win: 2
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 1
Ins Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, undisclosed), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split, undisclosed), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray, free).
Outs David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain, undisclosed), Frank Lampard (released, and joined New York City), Ashley Cole (released, now Roma), Demba Ba (Besiktas, undisclosed), Romelu Lukaku (Everton, undisclosed), Samuel Eto’o (released, now Everton), Hilario (retired), Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland, undisclosed), Sam Hutchinson (released, now Sheffield Wednesday), Adam Nditi (released), Danny Pappoe (released, now Brighton), Milan Lalkovic (released, now FK Mlada Boleslav), Ambrose Gnahore (released), Chike Kandi (released, now West Brom), Jhon Pirez (released, now Getafe B), Billy Clifford (Walsall), George Cole (Brighton), Cristian Cuevas (Universidad de Chile, loan), Tomas Kalas (Cologne, loan), Wallace (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach, loan), Bertrand Traore (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Mario Pasalic (Elche, loan), Lucas Piazon (Eintract Frankfurt, loan), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, loan), John Swift (Rotherham, loan), Gael Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano, loan), Oriol Romeu (Stuttgart, loan), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, loan), Christian Atsu (Everton, loan), Jhoao Rodriguez (Bastia, loan), Victor Moses (Stoke, loan), Isak Ssewankambo (contract cancelled, now NAC Breda), Josh McEachran (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Stipe Perica (NAC Breda, loan), Marko Marin (Fiorentina, loan), George Saville (Wolves, undisclosed)
Ins Gareth Barry (Manchester City, free), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros, £4.8m), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, undisclosed), Brendan Galloway (MK Dons, undisclosed), Christian Atsu (Chelsea, loan), Samuel Eto’o (unattached, now Everton), Sam Byrne (Man Utd, free)
Outs Mason Springthorpe (released), Apostolos Vellios (released, now Lierse), Magaye Gueye (Millwall, free), Francisco Junior (Stromsgodset, loan), John Lundstram (Blackpool, loan), Matthew Kennedy (Hibernian, loan)
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee Jon Moss will handle a Chelsea match for the fifth time of his career, the most recent being our 2-3 defeat at Stoke last December and Hull’s visit on the opening day of last season.
There are no suspensions.
Christian Atsu is ineligible in accordance with the regulations of his loan.
- Visit again tomorrow for part two of the Briefing