It should be a pulsating tie as Paddy Power release the latest Everton v Chelsea odds with Paddy Power reporting Mourinho’s side are attracting plenty of money at their price of 6/5 for the away win.
Unbeaten Everton will go in search of their first win under Roberto Martinez when they welcome 2nd in the table Chelsea to Goodison Park.
Martinez faces a tough task as he bids to avoid his new look Toffee side becoming only the fourth team to draw all four of their opening Premier League games and after 0-0 draws with West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff the visit of Jose Mourinho’s side represents a tough ask.
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The passing and ball retention philosophy implemented by the Spaniard has paid immediate dividends with Everton enjoying the highest possession figure of any club in the top division however their profligacy in front of goal has cost them so far.
That could be mean a change for the visit of Everton with Arouna Kone and Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu pushing the misfiring Nikica Jelavic for a place up front.
Ross Barkley, along with Seamus Coleman, the only Everton player to score in the league this season should start after his impressive start to the season while deadline day signings Gareth Barry and James McCarthy will be included in their squad.
On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku misses out however due to the terms of his loan agreement.
Last time out Chelsea’s run of two straight wins was stopped by a 0-0 draw with Manchester United in a game that while high on tactics was low on quality. Gary Cahill and John Terry were instrumental in helping Mourinho maintain his unbeaten start to life with the Blues and the duo are once again expected to be influential on Merseyside.
While history favours Everton somewhat in this fixture, with six wins in their last 10 games at Goodison Park the fact that the club are currently in a transition phase plays into the hands of Mourinho and with the likes of new signings Samuel Eto’ and Willian set to feature Chelsea now have a dearth of attacking firepower to break down the most stubborn of opposition.
Juan Mata is likely to make an appearance after being rested for the start of the season while Eden Hazard, creator of 10 goal scoring chances so far this season, is also set to be fit despite hobbling out of training whilst on International duty with Belgium.
Everton are making slow progress with their new passing philosophy introduced by Martinez, however, the loss of Marouane Fellaini is a big blow in midfield.
Chelsea simply have too much firepower going forward, and with new signing Samuel Etoo, Torres, Hazard, Mata, Demba Ba and Frank Lampard, Mourinho’s side should be able to break down a stubborn Toffee defence.
The 6/5 offered by Paddy Power is a cracker of a price and should be snapped up.
The action gets underway at Goodison Park at 17:30.