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Match Day Moments - Everton (h)

Is it me, or does it feel as if it has been ages since we`ve played a Premier League fixture?

Okay, it`s probably me but we`re finally back in the Premier League groove today when we face Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Dropping two points against West Bromwich Albion, in our previous fixture; means that our impetus at the top of the Premier League table took a knock.

Can we overcome the resistance that Roberto Martinez`s side will provide?

Will we rediscover that certain something in our play that was so evidently missing in our FA Cup tie against Manchester City?

Who will make the starting eleven?

Questions that will all be answered come the final whistle.

So why not join us from noon tomorrow (remember it is a 12:45 kick-off) and we`ll have one of those afternoons that could turn out memorable.

Up the Chels!




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 22 2014

Time: 4:00AM

Your Comments

I just want 3point, even if its by a half goal ..........................................................................................tricky but hopeful tie
Finney_angel
anything lesser than the full 3 points at stake would be a total disaster, let's hope Everton won't park the bus as they did in the first leg and I hope to God we take our chances today with Torres likely to start. this is one game we need Oscar, hazard and willian to step up their performances, its high time mourinho stop mollycoddling them with the horsy statements. if we want to win something this season then we need to grow some
desmondadonis
'ere we go boys! 2-1 to the Chels.
ForeverChels
Anything other than 3point will be a disappointment today. Come on you blues and make us proud
Tosco
and I want us to hammer Everton in front of lukaku whose loyalty to his parent club is questionable. I just want our boys to shut lukakus mouth with a superb performance today. Blue4life
bluesod
3-1 to us, hazard and lampard among the scorers.
oscarr
A chance to pull away from arsenal as i don't see them winning sunderland later today.
oscarr
@desmond please what time is it kicking off?
Samychim
The boys would have been well rested for this match I guess.... I think we should play our strongest team in this one
Samychim
The boys would have been well rested for this match I guess.... I think we should play our strongest team in this
Samychim
The boys would have been well rested for this match I guess.... I think we should play our strongest team in this
Samychim
What time the match is kicking off??? Why can't you just google it?.
oscarr
Samuel Chimezie aka "Samychim", I suppose, doing his best to spam the thread again even when the author had expressly stated kick-off is @12:45 GMT. Lol
HGH Magic
I have a suspicion that our regular negative friends are going to be here to irritate today
Blue_Mel
I am also expecting that there is a very good chance that we will win this match as the players will have been well rested, and Mourinho will have them well prepared tactically for Everton knowing its an important match
Blue_Mel
The one point about this match today is hopefully we WILL win but the consequences will be that it will give United a big boost in terms of their chances of making top 4.... which I DONT want
Blue_Mel
Forgive me @HGH....lol...... Didn't read all of merlin's article...hahaha,I guess I'm a bit nervous and too excited,after staying a week without seeing my blue boys play.It got boring....so please forgive me for making a fool of myself....lol..... Anyways,I finally just got registered as a bonafide VC member since what I had been using all these times had been my Facebook account to post here. Although I had been following this site for over 3 years never got to be able to post until over a year ago,and now today's my first post as a VC memeber after so many trials.So,once again, please pardon me for being excited. ;-)
Samychim
Come to think of it HGH Magic,am beginning to have this feeling you have a thing or two against me......am I wrong....? Well,if having always used my FB account to post here qualified me as a 'spamer' or 'troll'....well,I'm not anymore. But rest assured that am not a Chelsea troll nor spamer at heart. If you know me very well there a handfull,or two, of things in this life I've pretty much taken very seriously and Chelsea is deffinitely one of them.
Samychim
@ all VC posters, can we please focus on the club rather than each other ? Some people here are picking fights for the sake of picking fights or being overly negative to provoke (the trolls - who will remain unnamed - you know who you are) Fellow fans , please lets lets enjoy supporting and following our club rather than insulting each other. Fans have a right to a different even a WRONG opinion . If you want to voice your disagreement , reply to the argument , not the person. If we can agree this rather than becoming abusive , this will be a more pleasant site , even in the presence of much disagreement
Blue_Mel
Who will score Everton goals ? I don't see much of a threat coming from their attackers... I don't see us losing, but a draw might be possible.
Strapping Blue
I really wan't us to win this one so I could relax the rest of the weekend and just chilling and watching city's and arsenal's matches :) Up the Chels !
Strapping Blue
Blue_Mel, dyu seriously think.Man United can make top4??? Hahahaha!!!! Please, that aint possible!
Tunez
Blue_Mel, United would have to win 10 of their 12 reamaining games...... & Liverpool would neeeed to collapse like the walls of Jericho man..... Loook, I'm a very blunt****, they CANNOT make TOP 4! Dassal!!!! :)
Tunez
Team News to be released sooon.... I'm really nervous, dont wanna see Rami for obvious reasons.... :D
Tunez
Chelsea FC @chelsefc Chelsea team today: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Lampard, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto'o. #CFC
Tunez
Before Jose is criticised again, I think he's well within his rights to play this strong team.... Why??? Cos we can win this League title.... UCL is gonna be difficult!!! Also, the players are well rested. So, no biggie
Tunez
Chelsea FC @chelseafc Chelsea subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Ramires, Schurrle, Salah, Ba, Torres. #CFC
Tunez
I won't mind rami if he starts in his rightful position which is CM. matic/rami, matic/lamps, rami/lamps combo will be ok for this match.
oscarr
Everton @Everton Everton (to face Chelsea): Howard, Baines, Distin, Jagielka (c), Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Pienaar, Osman, Mirallas, Traore. #EFCCFC
Tunez
Everton will park the bus, no room for profligacy lads,the trio of osman,barry and mccarthy are hardworking and will look to furstrate us if possible with unconventional tactics. lets hope our forward players are sharp enough today, schurlle and eto'o costed us the 1st leg at goodison park.
oscarr
Everton might pack the bus. Please leave Rami out.
KAKUfrank
Mikel is playing in the right position this time. The team as a whole will perform better now that Mikels in the right position.
Humza_96
@ Humza 96 do you have problem with mikel? Why cant you comment on the article and leave mikel alone ok! Hoping for three point this afternoon goodluck to the team.
obex
BBC Feed - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "(At this stage of the season the aim is) to try to win the next match. Think just about this game, which is against Everton who are a difficult opponent. "It is at Stamford Bridge where normally we are strong. If we win this match we don't need to worry about other results because we keep the same position. We have to just focus on us."
merlin
Thank Goodness rami is on the bench.....where's mikel? :-D
Krested Kal-el
Good folks of VC, can we maintain a positive attitude today and get behind the lads, from now NEGATIVITY is banned!
merlin
@Tunez... you are saying that United cant win 10 out of their 12 matches? you saying Liverpool cant collapse? Im not saying it WILL happen , but its not impossible
Blue_Mel
^~^ still in yaya's pocket?
oscarr
C'mon blues...... 3 points please......
DonDhammih
BBC Feed - Jose Mourinho's unbeaten league record at Stamford Bridge stands at 73 (seventy-three) games. Quite simply incredible. Can Everton finally end that run today? ------------------ I hope not!
merlin
Mikel would definitely play on Wednesday.... So I guess that's why He is being rested......
DonDhammih
I hope not Merlin.....
DonDhammih
Has Jose got it right? Some are saying Torres should have started ahead of Eto'o - what do you think?
merlin
Right - 15 minutes to kick off, predictions please!
merlin
3-1 chelsea
oscarr
Che 2 - Eve 0
DonDhammih
BBC Feed - Late February, half of Britain still under feet of floodwater and in London we have sprinklers on the pitch. Glorious afternoon at Stamford Bridge, let's hope the match lives up to billing. - got to keep that surface slick!
merlin
BREAKING NEWS - Chelsea v Everton (1245 GMT) Some very late breaking team news, Everton have replaced Lacina Traore in the starting line-up with Steven Naismith. Traore has presumably picked up an injury in the warm-up. Not exactly like for like that one...
merlin
2-0 Chelsea
Blue_Mel
Even Lawro agrees with me lol
Blue_Mel
That mascot's hair-cut ----- what a shocker!
merlin
LOL merlin, saw that too. Naah @Samychim, you're very wrong; nothing against you buddy. In fact, I like you a lot for obvious reasons - you seem to know your football. Pls never take me too seriously because 90% of the time I love joking and winding peeps up but strictly just for fun. Welcome aboard VC my Naija bro ;-)
HGH Magic
Come on Chels, stick a smile on my face!
merlin
I dunno if it's a hunch or premonition, but I'm afraid for this match...and Jose's home record; that Naismith seems to love playing against Chelsea.
HGH Magic
I'm not seeing the game today, guys please kindly post here to keep "us" informed. Thanks. :)
Tunez
stop being a girl, we'll be fine :-)
merlin
we'll do our best!
merlin
@Blue_Mel, yes thats what I'm saying.... I dont see United playing that well till season's end tbh. They just dont have the quality and know-how...... This is Moyes, NOT Sir Fergie :p :p :p
Tunez
Thanks Uncle Merlin :) :)
Tunez
Willian just dragged a shot wide from 20 yards! Good start
merlin
Come on Chelsea... Let's do this... 3 points!
Latunvic
early yellow card for Oscar, late tackle on Naismith
merlin
Whaooo.... good save by Cech...
Latunvic
Good save by Cech, Osman scorcher from 25 yards
merlin
What has happened to oscar?
oscarr
another good block from Terry, this time from Miralles
merlin
Oscar seems to have totally lost form...... Has lost the ball on more than 10 occassions.....
DonDhammih
Oscar has lost form badly,
pila12
This game is crazy... it's too fast paced.....
Latunvic
Thnaks guys, keep the updates coming..... Oscarr, go through Jose's presser yeaterday to know about Oscar's situation.....
Tunez
Matic having a good game so far, Oscar very poor
merlin
*yesterday* my bad
Tunez
oscar is doing badly at the moment. And he's the preferred 10.
valachi
OMG, is Oscar that pooooooooooor?????
Tunez
Trolls.............. Phew....
Tunez
@tunez i saw his interview about oscar, but why not bench him for few games to regain form and fitness?
oscarr
Everton playing the better football right now, front 3 finding it hard to create any chance
pila12
We need to keep the ball more.....
DonDhammih
Valid point Oscar..... Ozil is being rested too today.... So I get your point. :)
Tunez
everton playing like the home team so far in this half.
valachi
Howards saves Eto's shot with his legs
merlin
Hope not to see the same 11 coming out in the second half, poor first half display from the boys. I thought I was watching bayern at the bridge.
pila12
this Mirallas guy is causing us all kind of troubles today.
valachi
HalfTime - Che 0 - Eve 0
DonDhammih
Can we have Torres ON for Oscar ???
DonDhammih
Looks like a real toughy. Who scores 1st would take it. This is the type of game that defines champions.
Keyser Soze
Oscar! The boy seems out of form.
StamfordDLion
disappointing first half
Blue_Mel
Lamps can't seem to match the pace of the match today. I don't want to see Rammy or Mikel. Oh we are in a Conundrum
StamfordDLion
We are losing the midfield battle at the moment. Hope for a better 2nd half.
StamfordDLion
Our shots on target have been very weak. Willian, Hazard shots have been weak.
StamfordDLion
Mikel and rami on the bench. Good, we are now playing better and more effective. Spreading passes and dominating the play. Oscar our best 10 doing exactly what he is told to do. Jose is the world best coach!
Killerpass
Jose needs to sub Oscar at the start of the second half
KLblue
Killertroll, go back to you hole? Who let these trolls out.
Keyser Soze
Our mid battle looks so lost.
blue5
Oscar off ramires on
dickturpin
Ramires comes in for Oscar.....
DonDhammih
Ok ramires for oscar as demanded. Lampard should have been subbed.
Keyser Soze
Lampard effort beaten away by Howard and rebound blocked
merlin
Ramires with his usual rubbish long range efforts.
Keyser Soze
Torres about to come in.....
DonDhammih
Willian OFF.... Torres IN.....
DonDhammih
Howard produces two good saves to deny Hazard and Ivanovic
merlin
C'mon guys we can't afford to draw this game.
pila12
20mins to go......
DonDhammih
15 minutes left......
DonDhammih
10 minutes left......
DonDhammih
Frustrating afternoon so far c'mon chelsea
pila12
Terry!!!!
DonDhammih
Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
pila12
We were saved by the skin.........
DonDhammih
YES!!!! Top Match .. nothing like the win when we play poor
Blue_Mel
Captain, Leader, Legend that's what we call him
meloxy14
Captain fantastic!!!! wow... ramires man of the match
kazikanyig
Been credited to Lampard!
Wizacar
3 lovely juicy points ....yeah baby .....
Blue_Mel
Terry Get In haha
StamfordDLion
Is that not sweet?
blue5
Where the trolls at?
StamfordDLion
Ramires changed the match from his natural position.
oscarr
Given as a Howard (o.g)
Blue_Mel
Eto I feel was playing and connecting with the players better than Torres. Fernando has offered so little.
StamfordDLion
pfew... that was close. really got back at everton for this season's first match at Goodison. by far deserved to win that match but left with nothing... bt im really getting concerned for oscar. BADLY struggling at the moment. KTBFFH anyways mates!
kazikanyig
Just to Spite the Trolls. Jose Jose Jose Jose
StamfordDLion
Yes, its an own goal BUT Credit to Captain Terry. His movement caused Howard's Error
StamfordDLion
Great win. Any surprise this win which passes as one of our best wins of the season - other than the Citeh wins - came in a match in which Mikel couldn't even make match day squad? Hmmm....
HGH Magic
loooool'ing @HGH's comment.... Lets just enjoy.the win my Naija brother..... No Mikel abuse naaaa.... Lets not bring him up!!!!
Tunez
Chelsea FC @chelseafc Jose is hopeful Mikel and David Luiz can recover for Galatasaray in midweek, especially as Matic is ineligible. #CFC ==============> So there you have it HGH, Mikel was carrying a knock.I guess (Dont think he would have started today tbh)
Tunez
Chelsea FC @chelseafc JM: 'Oscar was injured. He said he could cope with the pain, there was no risk to make it worse, but he couldn't.' #CFC
Tunez
Right Tunez, was just making an independent observation bro ;)
HGH Magic
If and when we win the BPL title we should all cast our mind back to this game as to when we sealed it. We certainly did not deserve to win but the ability to win ugly is what separates champions from other rans. Also for those whose greatest love seems to be to abuse our old guard of players, note from whom the goal came;free kick from lamps with the final touch from Capt Fantastic. All that said this side desparately needs finishers who actually know how to finish. Eto o had great movt but has clearly lost step and that makes all the difference. As far El nino it seems he is back to the Jekyll form of his split personae.
GabeU
Arsenal in the lead already!!!!!! Whaoooo!!!!! Thank goodness we nicked it in the end!!!!!
Tunez
It is really shocking how in one half the Gunners have put three past sunderland with Giroud..a striker who has been out of favor for off field matters returning and scoring a brace already while we continue to depend on our defenders and midfield players to help us nick a goal here and there just to keep head above water. The more i see of this the more annoyed i am that we let the january window pass without making a half decent attempt to upgrade our striker corps. The gunners are now upping that goal differential again.
GabeU
 

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