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Match Preview – Everton vs Chelsea: Lampard Fit To Return For Blues

After 3 consecutive wins against Ipswich, Blackburn and Bolton away Chelsea will be facing tough competition from Everton in this weekend’s FA cup fourth round tie. Surely our confidence will be on high note after Monday’s thumping of Bolton but this time it will be a tougher and more competitive test as we will travel to Goodison Park.

Everton are struggling in league this season but have always been a tough task for Chelsea to face especially away from home so the match will be tough. Chelsea will surely go with the regular 4-3-3 with no surprising changes anywhere on the field.

Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry and Ashley Cole will make up the defence with the full backs going forward and threatening the opposition with their crosses. Bosingwa still hasn’t been back to his best yet but he is very much capable to turn it around. Another problem which Bosingwa is facing is that he hasn’t got any natural aide from the right wing who can help him out. On the left side Cole will be threatening as always with his 1-2 passing and ability to burst into the opposition defence.

Midfield will consist of 3 players and it’s also been reported that Lampard will be fit. Taking into consideration his presence, I will go for Mikel and Ramires along with him.

I would prefer Ramires over Essien cause he has performed really very well in the past few weeks whereas Essien hasn’t been up to his usual standard.

It may also happen that Essien will get the nod ahead of Mikel considering he has just returned from injury. So either Essien or Mikkel will take the holding role whereas Lampard and Ramires will play either side.

I guess there won’t be any surprises in selection up front as Anelka, Drogba and Malouda will resume their duties. If it would’ve been any other F.A. Cup match then I would have preferred Sturridge over Anelka but sorry mate, not his time. Malouda will handle the attack from left and Anelka will keep dropping deeper from right hand side to collect the ball and take it forward.

Well that’s enough of starting lineup, now last point is ”Who will be on bench?” With the departures of Aanholt, Kakuta and Mellis on loan to Leicester, Fulham and Barnsley respectively, I guess choosing the bench will be more of a headache for Carlo than choosing the starting 11.

I would go for, Hilario, Bertrand, Bruma, Ferriera, McEachran, Sturridge, Kalou. One cause of concern here will be that only McEachran is the only midfielder in there.

Submitted by Chelsea Fanatic



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