Everton vs Chelsea by Neuro
Everton didn't make the right step into the new season as the Toffies are still searching for their first victory. However, on the bright side, the team hasn't lost either, as they drew in first three matches against Cardiff and Norwich away and against West Brom at home.
Out of three matches the team has scored only two goals, both in a season opener against Norwich and will have a lot things to improve in order to start climbing up at the table. Needless to say, their offensive part of the game haven't been at their best, while the team also struggled in the Capitol One Cup against Stevenage at home, winning them 2:1 only after overtime. It's obvious the team will need a lot more time in order to start playing as a team as they didn't look fluent in attack at all till now. However they will try to improve that picture as they welcome one of the strongest sides in the country - Chelsea, although there is no doubt that the draw would also be a positive result for them.
Forward Romelu Lukaku (2/0) will not be able to play against his parent team, while central defender Antolin Alcaraz is doubtful but has trained and could be available although he still lacks match fitness. Central midfielder Darron Gibson is also is also doubtful without participation this season.
Chelsea, on the other side, started the season with two victories at home, over Hull City and Aston Villa, while they had a goalless draw in the third round away to Manchester United in the big derby early in the season. The game was below expectations, as both sides missed couple of good chances, but the overall opinion was that the game should have been much better.
Later in the same week, Chelsea suffered a penalty shootout defeat (2:2 result after overtime) in Prague against Bayern Munchen in the European Super Cup match. They were twice in the lead, once with a goal from Torres in eight minute and second time with a goal from Hazard in 93rd, but were unable to keep the lead till the final whistle. Worth mentioning is that they had to play with a man less since Ramires got red carded in 85th minute, but were still able to get the lead later on. Getting back to the domestic duties, there is no other option for the Blues but to try to get the first victory away knowing that their job won't be easy at all. Chelsea might be without Oscar and Hazard who are doubtful after missing their international games, but also standing a good chance to recover in time. John Terry should be back after sitting out in the Super Cup match, while newest signings Willian and Samuel Eto'o will be hoping to get some playing time.
Everton showed great problems when speaking about creativity and in their offensive line, while Chelsea is also still to show what are they capable of. However, guests looked much better in previous matches and are deservedly set as favorites in this one.