Chelsea vs Everton, English Premier League preview, Prediction, and Pick
The clash between Chelsea and Everton might be the most interesting match to watch out for during the last week of the year. The match will take place in Goodison Park on 30th December. Chelsea is currently in third position in the league eleven points off Manchester United and Everton are two points behind Chelsea. However, Chelsea has played a game less than Everton and Manchester United. Currently, Chelsea and Everton lie third and fourth in the league and as the teams from Manchester continue at their marauding best, this might well decide who goes ahead in the quest for Champions League spots. This win will be extremely significant for both teams as a Chelsea win will put them five points ahead of the Toffees with a game in hand while a win for Everton will propel them to third place one point ahead of Chelsea.
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Chelsea has been in rich form in the last two matches with their dynamic trio firing them to an 8 - 0 win vs. Aston Villa. What must be more heartening for Chelsea fans is the fact that their inspirational captain rolled back the ages to be at his mesmerizing best, scoring one and creating another two goals against Aston Villa. Their out of form striker Fernando Torres also seemed to be finding some form with an excellent header to put Chelsea ahead within 20 minutes. In the midweek game though, Chelsea again struggled to break a resolute Norwich defense and if not for a work man like Mata goal there was not much separating the two sides.
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Everton will be without their inspirational Bulgarian midfielder Maroune Fellaini for this match after he was suspended in retrospect for his head butt on Ryan Shawcross as they have been for the last two matches. However, the absence of Fellaini has not been felt so far as Pienaar, Jelavic and Baines have all stepped in and provided cover for the missing Bulgarian in the last two matches. But this is the match where Everton might really miss their creative midfielder.
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Both teams have had a run of two consecutive wins and are starting to build momentum. Since a good run of results may go a long way in cementing spots in UEFA Champions League for next year both teams will be desperate to continue their winning ways. A lot about the contest will be decided by how Baines and company handle the threat from Hazard and Mata. Going by Everton's defensive strength and how Chelsea have struggled against a quality defense a draw might be on the cards but it will be anything but dull draw.
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Though Chelsea has a better attack, their young trio of Mata, Hazard and Oscar have not been very consistent. Moreover, the wastefulness of Torres means that goals might be hard to come by.