Everton host Chelsea on Saturday hoping for a much better result than the last meeting which ended in a 6-3 defeat for the home side.
The Toffees will be coming into the game in a more confident mood banking on the fact that Chelsea have had a very poor start to the season – winning only one out of four games, losing two in the process and sit 4 places below Everton in 13th.
And the fact that the Toffees have a superior record at home to Chelsea would make the task of having a good game at Goodison Park even more difficult.
The major talking point would be John Stones who was the subject of a failed transfer attempts from Chelsea, and has also become a hated player among the home fans after he made known his intentions to join Chelsea.
He would be making his first start since the transfer window shut, and the reaction of the fans would be one to look out for.
Another talking point would be the fact that Chelsea failed to get the 21-year-old has been magnified with the poor defensive showing the Blues has had this season, with the team having their worst ever defensive start to a season under Mourinho.
Other talking points would be the drop in-form of Chelsea’s key stars of last season, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic.
The Belgian’s performances this season has drawn criticism from both his club and national team managers, while Ivanovic has been out-rightly terrible this season.
Everton would surely capitalize on the weakness of Ivanovic on the right side of Chelsea’s defence, and also Nemanja Matic after his abysmal showing against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea though would be going into the game with points to prove, and would be confident knowing that they beat the same team home and away last season.
Everton have won 4 of the last 6 Premier league home games against Chelsea
Chelsea have picked up just 4 points in the first four games of the season, their worst start to a season since 1995/96 season.
Chelsea have conceded 2 goals or more in 4 straight matches for the first time since December 2006
Roberto Martinez would be without the services of Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo, Tom Cleverly and Steven Pienaar through injury, with new signing Ramiro Funes Mori expected to start at left back. Darron Gibson is back in training after a foot injury.
The Blues will be without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois through a knee injury, with Asmir Begovic set to start in his place.
Predicted Everton line-up
Predicted Chelsea line-up
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