Chelsea v EvertonChelsea's last 5 matchesChelsea 2-2 Watford
Saturday 16th January 15:00
Premier League Match #22
(Costa x2)Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea
(Oscar, Willian, Costa)Chelsea 2-0 Scunthorpe
- FA Cup (Costa, Loftus-Cheek)Chelsea 2-2 West Brom
- (Azpilicueta, O.G.)Everton's last 5 matchesEverton 3-4 Stoke
(Lukaku x2, Deulofeu)Everton 1-1 Tottenham
(Lennon)Everton 2-1 Manchester City
- Capital One Cup (Funes Mori, Lukaku)Everton 2-0 Dagenham and Redbridge
- FA Cup (Kone, Mirallas Pen)Manchester City 0-0 Everton
Chelsea are still awaiting their first league victory at Stamford Bridge under the stewardship of Guus Hiddink as they could only manage a second consecutive 2-2 draw at home against West Brom in midweek, despite taking the lead twice in the match. However, the blues are unbeaten in all competitions in their five matches under the Dutchman and they only lost once under Hiddink during his previous reign at Chelsea (W16, D5). The stats heavily favour Chelsea in home fixtures against Everton as the Blues haven't lost to the Toffees in any of their last 20 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge (W11, D9) and they've won each of the last two fixtures by 1-0 scorelines with both goals coming after the 89th minute. Hiddink met Everton twice during his previous tenure at Chelsea resulting in a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge and a 2-1 FA Cup triumph in the 2009 final. Chelsea have conceded 16 goals at home in the league this season which is the fourth most in the league behind West Brom (17), Newcastle (17) and Saturday's opponent Everton (20).
Chelsea's dismal title defence has come as a surprise to many this season and most certainly wouldn't have envisioned that they'd have 25 points fewer at this stage of the season or that they'd be sitting 14th in the league, just above newly promoted Norwich City and Bournemouth. Their goal difference has taken a huge battering with a swing of no less than 30 goals, having conceded 31 goals this season already, the most they've ever conceded at this stage of a Premier League season. One of the biggest problems for Chelsea has been surrendering leads in matches as they showed just a few days ago against West Brom, the Blues have thrown away 12 points from leading positions in the league this season which is the joint highest alongside Bournemouth and Newcastle. Despite a drop in chances created, Chelsea still average 10.71 chances per game which is the 6th most in the league this season but they've only found the target in 41% of their shots, some 10% down on last season and the only league side to post a worse percentage are Stoke City (40%).
Everton's stalemate draw at Manchester City on Wednesday night means that Everton have now lost just one of their 10 away matches in the Premier League this season, but they've also only won three matches during that run (D6). Only Manchester City (6) have kept more clean sheets than Everton (5) on the road this season and despite conceding 20 goals at Goodison Park, the Toffees have only conceded nine goals away from Merseyside which is bettered only by Crystal Palace's eight goals conceded this season. Everton's draw in midweek also means that they've now drawn 10 of their 21 matches this season, the most in the league. Despite still receiving criticism from many pundits, Ross Barkley has now registered seven assists in the Premier League this season which is the most of any Englishman. Steven Naismith seems to be on his way out of Everton but the Scottish international has scored six goals in seven Premier League appearances against Chelsea, compared to the 12 goals he's scored in 96 appearances against other opponents in the league. This will be Roberto Martinez's 250th match as a Premier League manager and he is just one short of 100 defeats (W77, D73) and he has lost in all six of his previous visits to Stamford Bridge.
Much was made of Romelu Lukaku's price tag from Chelsea to Everton, especially when Diego Costa came in for just £4m more but there's only been one winner as far as the stats are concerned this season. Lukaku tops the Premier League scoring charts with 15 goals this season which is precisely the same amount of goals that Diego Costa had scored at this stage of last season and he is only two goals short of his own record tally in the Premier League (17 - West Brom 2012/13). Costa's shot accuracy is only narrowly behind the Everton striker but it is 14% down on last season whilst he has been a lot more timid in front of goal (2.92 shots Per90 last season), though he's actually been slightly better in aerial duels this season. Lukaku is yet to score in any of his three matches against his former employers and only Tottenham (7) and Queen's Park Rangers (6) have managed to stop him from scoring in more matches.
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