Everton v Chelsea: Match Preview


Everton v Chelsea; Barclays Premier League; Goodison Park; Saturday 11 February 2012, 15:00 KO

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Everton manager David Moyes could hand a home debut to January signing Nikica Jelavic, while hoping that midfielder Tim Cahill can shake off a foot injury in time for today's game.

However, the Toffees are still missing the likes of Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman, Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman through injury.

For Chelsea, Andre Villas-Boas will welcome back Ashley Cole from suspension, but the Blues are still without influential skipper John Terry, so Gary Cahill is again expected to deputise in the centre of defence.

Ramires is ruled out with a knee ligament injury, but Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel are in contention after recovering from respective calf and hamstring problems.

Torres anticipating hostile atmosphere

Fernando Torres is in confident mood ahead of his return to Merseyside with a Chelsea team that have gone three league games without victory.

The 27-year-old Spaniard is expecting a rough reception from the Everton faithful at Goodison Park this afternoon with his obvious ties to the Red side of Liverpool.

But Torres insists that it won't distract him from the job at hand, and is determined to help the Blues record their first league victory over the Toffees on a ground they have not triumphed at since 2008.

"Yes, sure - this is a situation you can't control, and with a Liverpool past they will see you in this way, you stand out more than the others!" he told the official Chelsea website.

"It's one of the proper English atmospheres. When you play away, Goodison Park, or White Hart Lane, these places have big atmospheres for big matches.

"Obviously when I used to play for Liverpool this game is a special day, and as an away player you have to be focused and try to ignore the atmosphere."

Torres has endured a difficult time at Stamford Bridge since making his £50million move last January. But the striker has reiterated how grateful he is for the unwavering support he has received from the Chelsea fans.

"For me it's very important, the support of your people makes a big difference," he added. "With Spain, when things are not going well even your own supporters can be against you, I had good luck with Atletico and Liverpool in that respect.

"But it is a big surprise to me to come to Chelsea with the money the club has paid and everything that has happened where things are not going in the way we were expecting, the fans still support me, even more than if everything was good."

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