Everton vs. Chelsea
Everton's Louis Saha challenges Chelsea's Florent Malouda (R) during their English League Cup soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England, October 26, 2011. Reuters

Chelsea are in something of a twilight zone at the moment. Even when they get things absolutely spot on... either events conspire against them or they manage to shoot themselves in the foot. Last weekend should have been the absolute high-point of their season so far... it should have meant the Blues announcing a strong challenge on Tottenham for that crucial last Champions League position and it should have been a terrible weekend for Manchester United. Instead, a heroic comeback by the Red Devils from three goals down means Chelsea must re-gather and come out all guns blazing against an Everton side that is, even if they are struggling at the foot of the top ten, a difficult side to play.

Everton themselves, meanwhile, are in no end of strife. A club once lauded for their common-sense approach to football now finds itself without funds of any sort and a squad that is beginning to look (if it isn't already) threadbare. They need money... fast... and they need proven strikers up front, immediately.




Games Played2424
Goal difference-315
Last Five MatchesL D D W D W W D D D
Premier League Position114
Top scorersL. Osman, L. Baines, V. Anichebe and A. Vellios - 3F. Lampard and D. Sturridge - 9
Last Encounter between the two sides.1 (Vellios)3 (Terry, Ramires, Sturridge)
Players unavailable for this matchPhil Jagielka, Tim Cahill, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman, Jack Rodwell (all injured)RJN Ramires, John Terry (injured)