Fernando Torres has scored six goals in his past seven games. Image courtesy of fifa.com/Getty Images
Everton is well and truly in contention for a spot in Europe, sitting in fifth spot wedged between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion who both have the same points tally. Matches like Monday morning’s (AEDT) home fixture against Chelsea could well determine just how high up the ladder the Merseyside club finishes.
When Rafael Benitez arrived at Stamford Bridge, the team responded with a pair of scoreless draws. In recent weeks, though, Chelsea has put six goals past Nordsjaelland in the Champions League, five through Leeds in the League Cup, and eight in the back of the Aston Villa net. Fernando Torres has found his goalscoring touch with six in seven games under the management of his fellow Spaniard, and all of a sudden the Londoners look like they could challenge the dominance of the Manchester outfits.
Everton will be without influential midfielder Marouane Fellaini as the Belgian served the final match of his three-game suspension for headbutting. The Toffees escaped with the three points against West Ham with a 2-1 win after going behind for the tenth time this season. Amazingly, David Moyes’s side has only lost one of those matches, but Chelsea promises to be more ruthless if it gets its nose in front at Goodison Park.
Everton is unbeaten in its last seven Premier League matches and in nine home games this season the Toffees have picked up five wins and four draws . Even more impressive is the fact the Merseysiders have won the last three at Goodison against the Blues, including a 2-0 win there last season.
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