Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to take two wins in two weeks, with the Chelsea manager aiming to break Everton’s spell over Stamford Bridge that has seen the Toffees keep an unbeaten record over five match-ups.
Chelsea are currently third in the Barclays Premier League table, and have collected 16 points from seven matches. The side are just one game behind leaders Manchester United, but their goal difference is significantly lower.
And for this reason, Villas-Boas says he’s desperate to get straight back on a winning streak as players continue to return from representing their countries in the international break.
“To emphasise the importance of our game, Everton is looking for the sixth game unbeaten coming to the Bridge,” Villas-Boas told reporters today.
“We have to be alert and it is going to be a hard battle. The most important thing when an international break happens is for you to get into winning mode straight away. We managed to do that against Sunderland with a good display.
“I don't think it really breaks a winning streak because it's the nature of the calendar and you cannot avoid it, but you have to get into winning mode straight away.”
While Chelsea are favourites to win going into the match, Everton have talked about using their underdog status to their advantage. And Villas-Boas is wary of how these tags can affect the mentality of a team, saying that the Toffees are not doing as badly as some may think.
“Everton were on a very good run in my opinion, they lost against Liverpool but had they won they would be up challenging for the top with one game in hand,” he said.
“So they are in a good situation and once again proving that David Moyes's work is something fantastic. Even with the financial problems they have it is a club which is well organised and managed and something that should make the English public proud.
“In football and paper things look different but surprises happen, it's why I don't believe in having a favourites role in every game we play because the unpredictable can happen.
“With two difficult games against Everton and Queens Park Rangers we will try to get six points and see how we benefit from that situation. If it doesn't happen we just have to focus on the rest of the Premiership season to shorten the gap.”