Chelsea v Everton: Match Preview

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Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Sturridge, Drogba, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Malouda, Meireles, Lukaku, Alex, Anelka.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Neville, Vellios.

Chelsea v Everton
Stamford Bridge
Saturday 15 October, 17:30
Barclays Premier League

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres serves the second game of his three-match ban, while the only other absentee is Michael Essien who is out with a long-term knee injury.

Defender David Luiz may be rested for the Stamford Bridge clash after playing two full games on international duty with Brazil in midweek.

Tim Cahill and Jonny Heitinga are the only doubts for Everton after the Australian midfielder was forced to withdraw from international duty following the injury sustained against Manchester City, while the Dutch defender missed the Netherlands midweek clash with a knee injury.

Mata predicts tough Toffees test

Juan Mata is anticipating a complicated encounter against a well respected side when Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

The 23-year-old playmaker returned to west London off the back of a successful international break with Spain, after scoring in the 2-0 win over Blues teammate Petr Cech's Czech Republic.

He then watched from the bench as Vicente Del Bosque's side brushed past Scotland 3-1 in Alicante, maintaining their 100 per cent record to the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.


But with the focus now turning back to Chelsea, as they attempt to make ground in the Barclays Premier League, the Spaniard is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.

"I think Everton is a difficult team to play against with strong players," said Mata. "The strikers are tall, they have good players and we have to be prepared with the crosses, which will make things difficult for us.

"Drenthe is a good player, I know him. He is fast, has a good left foot, can score goals and supply crosses. He is a very good player."

If Mata's transition from international to club football is as seamless as his adaptation to life in England, then there is every reason for the Blues to be optimistic this weekend.

And the fact that the Chelsea star was rested for Spain's second game on Tuesday, means that he is left feeling fresh and ready for action.

"For Saturday's game it is better for me not to have played for Spain," he continued. "There are 22 or 23 players in the Spain squad and I am happy to have played the first one and scored, and to be in that national team.

"I spoke with Petr Cech afterwards and we had a joke about it. They lost the game but they won the next one, and now they have an opportunity to go to the European Championship through the play-offs."

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