Everton vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predictions

By on December 29, 2012

Goodison Park

Chelsea play top-four hopefuls Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon looking to regain third place in the Premier League table.

The West Londoners have dropped to fourth after Tottenham leapfrogged them with a 2-1 win at Sunderland on Saturday but they will reclaim their place in the top three if they avoid defeat on Sunday.

Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will be ready to face a hostile crowd at Goodison but it’s his relationship with the Chelsea faithful that he’s concerned about. After a difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge the Chelsea fans are beginning to warm to the Spaniard after a return to form in recent weeks.

The European champions have scored 12 goals in their last three games with Benitez seemingly getting his team to click and another win this weekend would silence a few more doubters.

However, they will face a tough Everton side who have enjoyed an excellent start to the season. David Moyes side could in fact move above the visitors with a win and have lost just once in their last 8 games against Chelsea.

Team News

Everton will once-again have to make-do without the suspended Marouane Fellaini as the Belgian completes a three-game ban picked up against Stoke. Darron Gibson is available after seeing his suspension overturned by the FA after seeing red against West Ham.

Ramires is expected to return for Chelsea after missing the Boxing Day win at Norwich with a knee complaint. He could come back in to play alongside David Luiz in the middle of the park with the Brazilian impressing there in recent games.

Captain John Terry is still out with a knee injury while Daniel Sturridge is expected to be omitted from the squad ahead of his reported move to Liverpool.

Likely Line-ups

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Recommended bets and score predictions

Everton are unbeaten at home in the league this season and have lost just once in their last 8 games against Chelsea. Our friends at Betegy have crunched the data and they too predict it will be a big ask for Chelsea to win this one away from home. The numbers suggest the game will end in a draw with both sides having a 32% chance of winning but the draw most likely at 38%:

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What would your line up be and what’s your score prediction for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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30 Comments

  1. Paul peter agbatse

    December 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Any thing can happen! But i will not ask much Chelsea2 v Everton1

  2. Bukola john

    December 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    D match wil b tough any body can win bt i gv it 2 chelsea up blue

  3. DOUGLAS N EGWUATU

    December 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I think without Fellani EVERTON will be weaker so i give it to CHELSEA

  4. THOMAS ANTWI

    December 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    chelsea2 vs 0everton

  5. adeyeanca

    December 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    top 4 decider…scared to predict but i give it to ma club. Cfc 1-Everton 0

  6. Ajewole joseph

    December 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I give it 2 Chelsea bcos of their fanstactics run,up blues 3 vs 0 everton.

  7. Ajewole joseph

    December 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I give it 2 Chelsea bcos of their fanstactics form ,up blues 3 vs 0 everton.

  8. Ayale

    December 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Everton 1 chelsea 3 if alah say

  9. kenny

    December 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    CFC 2 vs EVERTON 0.Up chelsea

  10. Soyaq

    December 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Chelsea all the way
    cfc 4 vs eve 1

  11. Nsikan Raphael Ekoh

    December 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I know certainly that chelsea will look forward to continue with their good run this december,Everton is never easy to win by any EPL team. I wish chelsea the best of luck

  12. Michael

    December 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Chelsea we win by d special grace of God.

  13. Juha

    December 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I can say chelsea 3 everton 1 cause chelsea is very strong these weeks

    • Markrjbrown

      December 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Hahahah 2-1 everton

  14. Markrjbrown

    December 29, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Everton will probably win 2-1

  15. Fidelis anaekwe

    December 30, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Chelsea gona be 2 much 4 everton. I dream of chls 3 evton 1

  16. BETINI JOHN

    December 30, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I back chelsea 2 win against sturburn everton side……..chelsea-3-1-everton

  17. BETINI JOHN

    December 30, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Chelsea 3-everton-1

  18. Taiwo ibrahim

    December 30, 2012 at 4:50 am

    To my our perpective,chelsea 1 vs 0 everton.

  19. Taiwo ibrahim

    December 30, 2012 at 4:50 am

    To my own perpective,chelsea 1 vs 0 everton.

  20. Milamjoe

    December 30, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Chelsea is definatly gonna will nd probably everton will loose.

  21. Milamjoe

    December 30, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Chelsea is definatly gonna win nd probably everton will loose.

  22. Bface

    December 30, 2012 at 5:37 am

    The match wil be a taugh 1 but by d grace of God,chelsea wil win d match. Everton 1 :Chelsea 3. Marin should b sub.,wit Hazard or Oscar

  23. young money

    December 30, 2012 at 5:46 am

    That match should be 2. 1.1 must win which is chelsea.u no chel is cumin back to their form

  24. Okimiji Oriade Ramsey

    December 30, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Up chelsea 4 life. Chel: 2-0:Everton. My mentor fernando torres will shine again

  25. great goodies

    December 30, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Everton 1 chelsea 3 up blues

  26. mathias Adakole

    December 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Victor moses 1, Oscar 1 & Eden Hazard 1:chelsea 3 v 0 Everton

  27. Segun

    December 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Che 2 vs 1 ever

  28. beefaze ezekiel

    December 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    chelsea wil win d game by 3:1 in favour of chelsea. Up blues

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