Tuesday, 25 October 2011
League Cup: Everton v Chelsea preview
Chelsea travel to Goodison Park still smarting from Sunday's surprise loss to Queens Park Rangers, only the second defeat they have suffered under manager Andre Villas-Boas. While the Portuguese manager could not fault the commitment of his players, or at least those who finished the match, he was outspoken in his criticism of referee Chris Foy. His side played over half the match with nine men following the dismissals of Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba, but they produced a spirited second-half display, dominating play and came very close to scoring.
Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is set to play after having the red card he was shown against Liverpool rescinded but the Toffees will be without Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga and striker Victor Anichebe. Boss David Moyes could hand teen sensation Ross Barkley another chance to impress. Tim Cahill and Louis Saha could return to the Everton starting line-up with Moyes set to make changes to his side.
Villas-Boas will be unable to call on suspended trio Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Ashley Cole, the former two having been sent off and the latter picking up a fifth yellow card of the season against QPR at the weekend. But Fernando Torres is again available for selection having served his three-match suspension for his red card against Swansea. The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Josh McEachran, Oriol Romeu, Ryan Bertrand, Salomon Kalou, Florent Malouda, Alex and Paulo Ferreira will all be expecting to feature at Goodison Park.