On Saturday, Premier League heavyweights Chelsea are doing battle with Everton away from home at Goodison Park. This should prove to be a bigger test for The Blues because the start of the EPL 2014/15 campaign has seen them play against Burnley and Leicester City who were both recently promoted into the top flight.
Chelsea’s new recruit Diego Costa is likely to miss the tie due to injury. It is precautionary rather than being a necessity as he has had hamstring issues, and with the first of the Champions League group games taking place straight after the commencement of the EPL 14/15 season in a few weeks time, Mourinho wouldn’t want to risk his main attacking weapon.
Costa’s absence could mean Didier Drogba will start up front unless Fernando Torres gets the nod which if is the case could potentially be his last game for The Blues as there is speculation he is considering a move to AC Milan on loan. After Manchester City’s dominant victory against Premier League contenders Liverpool on Monday, Chelsea will definitely have something to prove in this game.
Everton managed to draw both of their first games, although it must be said that they could have gone on to get all three points in both if it wasn’t for late defensive lapses. But Everton has a good record against Chelsea especially when playing at home. They have won four of their previous five encounters against Chelsea at Goodison Park, and with Romelu Lukaku up front they will have plenty of fire power. Scoring goals hasn’t been the problem for Everton so far this season, they seemed to have lacked the match fitness to shut out opponents late in games.
Tactically astute Jose Mourinho will definitely be looking for a result from this game. Although Costa missing from action will be a loss they have more then enough fire power to score enough goals to get the job done. Expect Chelsea to win this encounter and it could be a late goal that wins it for them. You can get 6/5 odds on Chelsea winning the game at Bet365.