Everton v Chelsea: Match Preview

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Everton v Chelsea
Carling Cup fourth round;
Goodison Park
Weds, 26th Oct, 2000 KO

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Louis Saha is being tipped to start for the Toffees after making an injury return from the bench against Fulham at the weekend. Tim Cahill and Seamus Coleman could also be recalled.

Fernando Torres is available for the visitors after serving a three-match suspension, but manager Andre Villas-Boas looks set to turn to his young players.

Romelu Lukaku, Josh McEachran, Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand are all expected to feature for the visitors, who have Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa suspended following the weekend defeat to QPR. Raul Meireles is cup-tied.

Moyes hints at strong Toffees

Everton boss David Moyes has revealed he will keep his team relatively strong for the Carling Cup clash against Chelsea tonight.

The Toffees enjoyed a 3-1 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday, and the Scot is eager to keep the momentum rolling at Goodison Park.

"We have got a few knocks going into the game, a couple of injuries and we will need to assess them before the game," he told the official website.

"The next game is always the biggest priority but I have always said that being in the Premier League always has to be number one and it always will be. But obviously I would like to win a cup if we can do so."

Meanwhile, Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has endured a couple of difficult days in west London following the derby defeat to QPR, a game which saw Chelsea reduced to nine-men.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the former Porto boss admitted he is fully expecting a strong Everton line-up for tonight's match, and won't be taking the Merseysiders lightly in the competition.

"David Moyes played a strong team in the last Carling Cup game against West Brom so the competition is important to them. They were making steady progress until the Merseyside derby which they were unlucky to lose as they were playing with 10 men," said AVB.

"We managed to get a very good win when we played them at home which was enormously gratifying, but bear in mind the win they had at Fulham at the weekend.

"They are always an organised team and they can surprise you but this will be an important game for both teams."

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