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Chelsea vs Everton - Match Preview

24 Oct 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: EFL Cup
ENGLAND: EFL Cup

Chelsea FC

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
25 October 2017

Everton FC

  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 25 October 2017

The Carabao Cup represents the first chance for English clubs to pick up a piece of silverware and we are already at the last 16 stage after nine matches in the Premier League. Two top-flight sides clash in arguably the biggest tie of the round as Everton make the trip to London to face Chelsea. Neither side will be happy with where they are in the league at this point (18th and 4th respectively) but this competition presents the chance of a trophy to both teams.

STATS

  • With three losses already in the Premier League this term, Chelsea are struggling to replicate the form that led them to the title last season. However, in the one match they have played in the Carabao Cup, they cruised Nottingham Forest with a 5-1 win, booking them a place in the last 16. Only Liverpool (8) have won the league cup more than Chelsea, who have won it on five occasions.
  • Everton have been absolutely shocking this season and have already parted company with their manager, Ronald Koeman. They find themselves in the relegation zone after winning just twice in the league. They will be hoping that this poor form doesn’t transfer into the cup competitions. The Toffees booked their place in the last 16 with a very comfortable 3-0 win over Championship side, Sunderland.
  • Michy Batshuayi was the hero for Chelsea in the last round as he notched a hat-trick to lead them to victory. Two more goals against Everton would make him the competition’s leading goal scorer.
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin was at the double against Sunderland in the third round and a goal from Oumar Niasse finished off the job nicely, they will both be likely to feature in this one.

HEAD TO HEAD

While Everton have struggled to beat Chelsea in the league in the past few seasons, in the last cup game between the sides in the FA Cup in 2016, it was the Toffees who progressed to the next round. Two goals on five minutes from Romelu Lukaku secured a big victory. In the last five games across all competitions, both teams have scored on just one occasion and Everton have failed to score against Chelsea in their last three attempts.

CHELSEA NEWS

Despite their poor start to their title defence in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup is a great chance for Antonio Conte to add to his collection of trophies. They are without one of their main man, N’Golo Kante who probably wouldn’t have played anyway. Danny Drinkwater will have to wait to make his full debut and Victor Moses isn’t available either.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

21.10.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Watford FC 4:2 W
18.10.2017 UEFA Chelsea FC AS Roma 3:3 D
14.10.2017 Prem Crystal Palace Chelsea FC 2:1 L
30.09.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Manchester City 0:1 L
27.09.2017 UEFA Atletico Madrid Chelsea FC 1:2 W

EVERTON NEWS

As one of the stronger sides in the top flight (on paper), the League Cup is the best chance of silverware for Everton as most of the bigger sides don’t tend to compete with full-strength sides. They have several of their bigger players out for the cup tie through injury: Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley are all injured.

Latest matches: Everton FC

22.10.2017 Prem Everton FC Arsenal FC 2:5 L
19.10.2017 UEFA Everton FC Olympique Lyon 1:2 L
15.10.2017 Prem Brighton & Hove Albion FC Everton FC 1:1 D
01.10.2017 Prem Everton FC Burnley FC 0:1 L
28.09.2017 UEFA Everton FC Apollon Limassol FC 2:2 D

SUMMARY

With home advantage and Everton’s awful form this season, Chelsea should easily book themselves a place in the quarter-final. Everton haven’t shown much attacking intent so far this term and they aren’t expected to start in this cup match. It could and should be very comfortable for Conte’s side.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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