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We`re certainly clocking up the miles this December. Leeds, Yokohoma City (Japan), Norwich and now Goodison Park is our next stop. Many suspected Chelsea to be showing signs of tiredness but that hasn`t been the case. Chelsea battled to a narrow win against Norwich, on Boxing Day, and will be hoping to do something similar against David Moyes side, in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Can we do it? We`ll soon see!

Vital Quotes:

Our recent record, at Goodison Park, is far from exemplary, however, following the Boxing Day games, Petr Cech has recognised the need to keep things more than just ticking over when he remarked ahead of the game

"You need to get a run of games where you get three points. That is the only way to close the gap and take advantage when the other teams slip."

"We have closed the gap on City and hopefully have opened the gap on the teams behind. City losing was another positive thing. Getting more points against Everton would be a really big win."

Everton Team News:

David Moyes has a few concerns with regards to his squad ahead of the game. The reputed Chelsea target Marouane Fellaini is suspended, serving the last of a three game ban whilst Tony Hibbert and Kevin Mirallas are out injured.

On a positive note, Seamus Coleman could return from injury whilst Darron Gibson, who went off with a thigh injury on Boxing Day, could also be in consideration.

Player to watch: Leon Osman

Gate-crashed the England squad at a late age but a more than decent player who, like our own Frank Lampard, has an eye for a goal.

Chelsea Team News:

Rafa Benitez takes his side to Goodision with relatively few injury concerns. John Terry remains on the injured list whilst Danny Sturridge appears to have been wrapped up in cotton-wool ahead of his proposed move to Anfield.

Last time out, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard were rested against Norwich City, both may come back into the starting eleven as Rafa continues to rotate his squad over the festive season.

Player to watch: Juan Mata

Having the season of his young life and has pleaded with Rafa Benitez to not rest him. Let`s hope the boss takes heed as Mata is not only our chief playmaker but also riding high in the scoring charts with 13 this season.

Match Facts & Stats

Goodison Park, in recent times, hasn`t been a happy hunting ground for Chelsea. Our last four visits have seen us lose three times and draw once. In fact delving further into the history books, we find that we`ve only registered one win in the last eight meetings with Everton.

However, statistics also show that in December Premier league meetings between the two clubs, Everton haven`t registered a win in seven attempts, drawing five and losing two.

Ref Watch:

Our officials for the fixture up at Goodison Park are:- Referee - Howard Webb Assistant - M. Mullarky Assistant - D. Cann Fourth Official - P. Dowd

Match Prediction:

This really is a titanic clash. Everton are flying and we appear to have been rejuvenated with Rafa Benitez in charge. Can Rafa keep the side ticking over or will Goodison Park be a trip to far? I`m going for the latter with Chelsea nicking it by the odd goal in three although I have this feeling we may need to come from behind.

Next Fixtures:

Our next fixture, on 2nd January 2012, is against some ramshackle mob from down the road managed by Harry Redknapp, for the moment their name escapes me!

Date:Saturday December 29 2012
Time: 10:20AM


Howard webb? Well its very certain that we can't win this game, he'll either serve up a red card and multiple yellows, he'll award a penalty and 2 offside goals... But on a serious note, I think everton will still be strong without the trio of mirallas,fellaini and gibson, but I'll have loved to play them when they are hot, so we'll be able to assess the team weaknesses and strength once more before the transfer window opens, and we'll also see what benitez can do again with a decent opposition, but not to take anything away from both teams, its gonna be an exciting game to watch and I predict a fiercely fought out win for chelsea
29/12/2012 12:12:00
Bottom line for me is a ) whether we win , b) Rafas performance and c)Torres performance
29/12/2012 14:29:00
In my opinion this match will show us whether we are a title contender or not.Everton hasn't lost this season a single match against a top 6 opposition,so if we defeat them it will be a statement for City and United and a huge psycological boost for our players at the same time.We will definitely benefit from the absentees in Everton's squad,although it would have been a very curious midfield clash between Luiz and arguably their MVP so far this season-Fellaini.We have the momentum and the confidence needed to leave Goodison Park victorious,so fingers crossed we do.
29/12/2012 14:30:00
@simeon..I totally agree
29/12/2012 14:35:00
This match will really determine whether we are potential title challengers.
29/12/2012 15:44:00
West Brom are not interested when play manure. They give their all vs Chelsea though.
29/12/2012 16:47:00
The only teams who give their all vs manure are City, Liverpool, Spurs and us. The rest just give up without trying. To imagine that we lost points vs West Brom when they are so rubbish.
29/12/2012 16:50:00
bad day. Both city and united win. We have to win at all cost tomorrow.
Blue India
29/12/2012 17:14:00
Yes,Elbowz, its the perfect test to our title ambition and a good acid test to the ability and strength of the team. Benitez really need a win here cos it will be assumed that he is yet to prove himself against a strong side if he doesnt make the best out of this one.
29/12/2012 17:16:00
Chalobah is better than what I thought. Surprized by his ball retention and passing.
29/12/2012 17:28:00
Cech- Azpi-Iva-Cahill-Cole- Luiz-Rami- Moses-Mata-Hazard - Torres. Lamps should not start.
29/12/2012 18:32:00
IMO not Lamps,but Torres shouldn't start.I'd rather try anybody as a striker but him,because whenever he's on the pitch,it's like we're playing with 10 men.
29/12/2012 18:52:00
There is no room for calculations. Evertybody won. I don't know how, but we must win this.
29/12/2012 18:54:00
In Rafa I Trust!
29/12/2012 18:57:00
walcott looked class tonite both in the wings and in the way arsenal is going to sell now...sad
29/12/2012 19:25:00
@Layorh12..i have been saying this about Walcott from early in the season. Wenger will be crazy not to pay this guy and keep him at the emirates..if he is that mad we would be stupid not to snap him up immediately. That was a virtuso perfromance and those who say Walcott is not Chelsea quality need their heads examined. Compared to our 50 million dollar striker this guy is way better both as a central striker and a wing forward.
29/12/2012 19:32:00
@GabeU...the guy is maturing fast..that was a stunning performance...i still hope we get him though...even at the 18m range...can you just imagine an attacking midfield trio of Walcott-Mata(Oscar)-hazard...behind a decent striker...or a band of Oscar(Moses)-Mata- Hazard behind Wlacott...pace all over...that will be awesome against certain type of opposition...I will forget about danny immediately..and no disrespect intended..
29/12/2012 19:49:00
Chelsea will not play Walcott as central striker in most games as we have Miss Torres. Walcott might ask for a clause in his contract so that Chelsea will have to play him as a central striker. Rumor has it, Wenger wants Nani and Fergie is interested in Walcott, they might do a straight swap. Watch the space.
29/12/2012 20:00:00
I think we should start Luiz and Ramires in pivot for this match... we need pace and quick forward passes in this match.... My major worries are Torres and Moses, I hope they both have a good game... We should start the same forward four of Hazard-Mata-Moses-Torres, replace Moses with Piazon if he's not playing well and bring in Oscar into the pivot if we need more creativity and control from deep-midfield.....
29/12/2012 20:03:00
@b2k hmm...its gonna be a very interesting window...i wont really be bothered about what Wenger and Red nose are trying to do...the player himself will play a huge part in where he plays..since he only has 6 months left on his present contract...its gointa be an interesting window no doubt...
29/12/2012 20:05:00
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