Three reasons why Chelsea will beat Everton
Shona Duthie takes a look at three reasons why Chelsea are likely to beat Everton on Saturday lunchtime
Chelsea cannot afford to lose
The Premier League Champions travel to Merseyside looking to get their stuttering season back on track. The Blues have suffered a dismal start to their new campaign, only gaining four points from their first four games. Chelsea are sitting eight points behind Manchester City, while fellow title rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are also ahead of them. Jose Mourinho admitted last month that it could take until after the international break for them to be in a better condition. It is a game that Chelsea cannot lose and although Everton are a strong side, it is likely that the west Londoners will come out with all three points in the early Saturday kick-off. What is impressive about Mourinho is he can always pull something out the bag when people believe his team is struggling.
Begovic will be keen to impress
With Thibaut Courtois out for at least three months, Asmir Begovic will take this opportunity to impress manager Jose Mourinho. Begovic conceded three goals against Manchester City and while many believe it was not the keeper’s wrongdoing he will still want to impress, which could work in Chelsea’s favour. Begovic made a £9m transfer from Stoke in the summer transfer window and fans of the Premier League comment on how good a goalkeeper he is and can be. The 28-year-old made some good saves in the City game and he will be looking to capitalise on that for the Everton game at Goodison Park.
Chelsea’s head to head advantage
Luckily for Chelsea, the last two times the sides have met Chelsea have came out on top. Chelsea managed a crushing win last season at Goodison, which saw the Toffees lose 6-3. Chelsea also took all the three points at home in February, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. This will give the players confidence going into the game that last season they managed to defeat a strong Everton side twice. Chelsea will need to up their game and the likes of Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic will welcome the return to Premier League football after a the international break. Changes will have been made over the past week and The Blues will certainly use their skills and useful tactics as they look to officially kick off their title defence.