Build up to the match
The League Cup on Wednesday will see Everton return to football action after they had sacked their head coach Ronald Koeman. With their manager relieved of his duties, it remains to be seen how the squad will react. They will certainly be given no time for retrospection as they are set to face formidable foes in Chelsea, and all the team’s focus will be required for this match – lest they get kicked out of the League Cup and their woes continue.
Kickoff: Wednesday, 25th October 2017, 07:45PM England time
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England
Chelsea are still without their midfield talisman N’Golo Kante, who remains sidelined with a thigh injury. Striker Victor Moses and ex-Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater are also out due to injuries. Nevertheless, the Blues still have the likes of new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko and sturdy midfielder Willian to count on to play in the middle of the park.
Apart from their managerial woes, Everton also have a long injury list to contend with coming into their match against Chelsea on Wednesday. Intelligent midfielder Ross Barkley, speedy striker Yannick Bolasie, and versatile wide-man Seamus Coleman remain unavailable due to injury, while former Southampton and Manchester United anchorman Morgan Schneiderlin as well as explosive winger Aaron Lennon are doubtful.
Chelsea have not had the best of form in recent weeks, their defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League two weeks ago, and their 3-3 draw against Italian side Roma five days later a testament to that. With their League Cup run at stake, it remains to be seen if last season’s league champions can bolster their focus this time round and win against a tricky side in Everton.
Everton, for a lack of a better word, have been shambolic in recent weeks, which explains the departure of their manager Ronald Koeman. Their 5-2 disintegration at the hands of Arsenal during the weekend has proven their lack of direction – something they must overcome on Wednesday if they are eager for their League Cup run to continue.
Everton are simply in tatters are the moment and could not muster a win, despite their best efforts. It will be difficult for them to win against a formidable Chelsea side with Antonio Conte at the helm. The Italian manager will be smelling blood and he will definitely urge his side to make a statement and earn a massive victory here.
Chelsea 4-1 Everton