LIVERPOOL, Sporting Alert – As expected, Asmir Begovic starts for Chelsea in place of injured Thibaut Courtois for today’s Premier League battle with Everton at Goodison Park.
FINAL Score Summary
Everton has handed Chelsea another defeat this season and Jose Mourinho side now sits 15th in the English Premier League standings with four points. Great day for Everton. Superb day for three-goal hero Steven Naismith. Problems for Chelsea, Mourinho.
GOAL! EVERTON 3-1 CHELSEA (Naismith 83)
Keeping singing the name because once again it is Steven Naismith who is on the scoresheet again for Everton who are running away with this one. A lovely pass into the box allowed the midfielder to beat the half side trap and bury into the bottom of the goal to complete his hat-trick. That’s his 5th goal in three games against Chelsea and Mourinho looks grumpy.
GOAL! EVERTON 2-1 CHELSEA (Matic 37)
Nemanja Matic, pushing further up the field, scored a brilliant goal after he fired past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard from 25 yards. Chelsea back in the again!
GOAL! EVERTON 2-0 CHELSEA (Naismith 22)
It’s Steven Naismith again! A nicely worked one-two pass sees Ross Barkley finding the attacker who fired out of the reach of Asmir Begovic to make it 2-0. Great start for Everton. Jose Mourinho cannot believe what he is seeing, as his side has now lets in the 11th goal of the season.
GOAL! EVERTON 1-0 CHELSEA (Naismith 17)
Steven Naismith has headed Everton into the lead against Chelsea. Naismith, who came off the bench in the 8th minute for the injured Muhamed Besic, gives the home side a 17th minute, putting away a cross from Brendan Galloway.
Courtois misses the game and will be on the sidelines for “months” after he underwent knee surgery. Jamal Blackman comes into the match day squad as well and will be on the bench as Begovic’s backup.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho has also decided to start John Mikel Obi alongside Nemanja Matic as the holding midfielders, with Cesc Fabregas pushed further up the field to play in a more advanced role.
Kurt Zouma partners John Terry, who returns after his one-match suspension, in the central defence positions, with Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta also playing in the backline.
England defender Gary Cahill is on the bench, but Papy Djilobodji, who recently signed from Nantes, is not in the match day squad.
Pedro, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa make up the three man attack.
Forward Loic Remy is back from injury, and is on the bench alongside Falcao, Willian, Kenedy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Meanwhile, for Everton, Chelsea target John Stones starts at centre back and will continue his partnership with Phil Jagielka.
“In the dressing room and at the football club, he has always had tremendous support. John as an individual has benefitted from a difficult period with a lot of pressure,” Roberto Martinez said.
“He’s been able to find a way to perform on the pitch no matter what was going on around him.”
Brendan Galloway starts at left-back in place of the injured Brian Oviedo, while midfielder Tom Cleverley is replaced by Muhamed Besic, who will be alongside James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley.
Arouna Kone and Romelu Lukaku start in the attack again.
Kevin Mirallas, Aaron Lennon, Steven Naismith, Gerard Deulofeu and Leon Osman are all on the bench.
Everton v Chelsea Teams
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway, McCarthy, Barry, Besic, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Lennon, Naismith, Deulofeu, Osman, Funes Mori
Chelsea: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Pedro, Fabregas, Hazard, Costa. Subs: Falcao, Kenedy, Remy, Willian, Cahill, Blackman, Loftus-Cheek
Referee: Andre Marriner