Chelsea vs Everton: Four players to watch ahead of the Stamford Bridge tie


The Blues welcomes Everton side at Stamford Bridge as both sides were impressive away from home last weekend.

Everton held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad courtesy of Wayne Rooney first half strike while Chelsea needed a brace from Marcos Alonso to seal the all important three points against the host.

The Blues will be coming into the game as bookmakers favorite as Chelsea holds some level of advantage over Ronald Koeman Everton side.

The Blues are still without star forward Eden Hazard for the Everton game but the likes of Victor Moses and Spanish forward Pedro Rodriguez may be enough to inspire the Blues to a home win.

Nevertheless, Chelsea must be wary of Everton as the Liverpool based side possesses their own kind of threat going into the fixture.

On this note, we take a look at four players to watch in the match.


The Spanish left full back has been impressive for Chelsea as the player produced some magnificent performance to gift Chelsea the all important win against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spanish talent would have been competing with the likes of Brazilian left back Alex Sandro had the Blues signed the player from Serie A giants (side) Juventus.

Manager Antonio Conte decided to show some faith in the defender and the player has proved that the kind gesture place on him from his Manager was a well worth one.

The left back will be vital as the Blues welcomes the resilience Everton side that is proving to be a hard nut to crack as they have shown against host Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.


The Everton new recruit is a big talent for the big occasion as he fancies scoring against some of the top sides in the Premier League. He was on target against Manchester City last week (On Monday Night Football) as both sides shared the spoils at the Etihad.

This makes Rooney a threat to the Chelsea goal as the Blues attempt to fix their defense line properly in a bid to continue from the post-John Terry era as the former England skipper joined Aston Villa at the end of the Season.

The former Manchester United star has been a handful for Chelsea’s defense over the years especially during the time of Sir Alex Ferguson. So expect the Chelsea defense to be put to the test by the presence and the exploit of Wayne Rooney in transition down the Chelsea area.


The new signing from Spanish Champions Real Madrid joined Chelsea much to the delight of the Chelsea board and club faithful.

However, the talented Spaniard might have found the back of the net only once (against Burnley in the 2-3 loss at home), unlike Romelu Lukaku that has 3 goals already from two games.

But this will not be a let down to the player’s talent and contribution as he has all it takes to trouble the Everton side alongside fellow Spanish forward Pedro Rodriguez just like he(Morata) did against Juventus years back in the Champions League.

This will be an eye opener for the visitors as the Spanish forward had the pedigree and fear factor to pose a threat and panic from any defensive line in the game.


The Senegalese midfield maestro will come handy as they take on the Blues at Stamford Bridge. The midfielder’s influence will be aided by the departure of Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic that pose a threat to the player in the course of a contest.

The ability of the defensive midfield stalwart to break up play and set up (initiate) his team in transition is one quality that counts for the player in big games like this.

Chelsea approach the game with a win-win situation and with a new lease of confidence after Tottenham 1-2 victory at Wembley, Everton had to watch their back as they face a big test away at Stamford Bridge.