Everton are looking to overcome odds of 23/20 against Chelsea as The Toffees search for their first league win of the season.
Not for the first time, Everton have struggled from a slow start with the side yet to record a win this season.
New manager Roberto Martinez has seen his side draw their first three games but having made several big signings late in the transfer window, The Toffees are keen to change that from the outset.
Both Gareth Barry and James McCarthy will be fit for the clash against Chelsea and will add some creativity and experience to the Everton midfield.
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Their arrivals at the club come at the perfect opportunity with Everton still without two members of their starting line-up.
Northern Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson is still not fully fit from an injury sustained during pre-season and Martinez has revealed that he doesn’t want to risk Gibson at such an early point in the season.
Antonio Alcaraz is the other major name missing from the teamsgeet as the Paraguayan defender is still recovering from a hernia operation.
Chelsea will be hoping that they can take advantage of Everton’s slow start and use it to be the perfect time to give their new signings a taste of the Premier League.
Since Jose Mourinho’s side drew 0-0 against Manchester United, Chelsea made two major signings bringing in Brazilian playmaker Willian and profilic Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o during the closing stages of the transfer window.
There are some doubts as to whether Eto’o and Willian will make their debuts for Chelsea at the weekend with suggestions from the Chelsea camp implying that the players aren’t quite match fit.
The new stemmed from comments made by club captain John terry ahead of the game where he said that the players need a couple of weeks to settle to life in the Premier League.
This was underlined by comments made to Chelsea TV where he stated: “You speak to them and they talk about how the intensity of their training (in Russia) is a lot different to how it is here so for sure it will take them a few weeks to get their full fitness,”
Mourinho has escaped with an injury-free squad over the international break meaning that many of the club’s in form players such as Juan Mata, Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic will be available for selection.
Everton are always a tough club to face at home and Chelsea will be hoping that their new signings will be able to prove themselves against one of the most resilient teams in the Premier League.