Chelsea will be hoping to continue their excellent recent form when David Moyes’ Everton come to town this weekend.
Since the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in mid-September, the Blues have been improving with every match and with seven games of the Barclays Premier League season gone, they sit just three points behind joint leaders United and Man City.
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They have brushed aside their last two opponents – Swansea and Bolton – scoring nine goals in the process and boss Andre Villas-Boas will be expecting another victory against the Toffees.
To be fair, Everton are never a pushover and they have an excellent record at Stamford Bridge but they do go into the clash on the back of two straight defeats – having been beaten 2-0 by both City and rivals Liverpool.
However, Moyes’ side have not lost to Chelsea in the last six encounters between the two sides and have only been beaten once in their last five visits to Stamford Bridge.
And star midfielder Tim Cahill is confident that they can carry on their recent good form in West London.
“When we are up against it we seem to shine a bit and try and fight our way out of a corner – the main thing for us is to keep unity and keep the strength on the pitch,” said Cahill, speaking to the club’s official website.
“We need to have the determination and grit to go to a place like Chelsea and get the right result.”
The home side have no new injury worries but Michael Essien is a long-term absentee and Fernando Torres is not eligible through suspension after being sent off in the Blues’ 4-1 win over Swansea. Everton have no new selection dilemmas.
The action kicks-off at 17:30 this Saturday and with title rivals United and City playing before them, Chelsea will be keen not to slip further behind.