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Everton vs Chelsea live

    Welcome to Standard Sport's live coverage of Chelsea's crunch FA Cup clash with Everton! 

    3/12/2016 4:29:25 PM
    The teams for this juicy quarter-final tie are out! And here they are...
    3/12/2016 4:29:48 PM
    Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa. #CFC
    Chelsea subs v Everton: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy. #CFC

    The big news from Chelsea fans' point of view is that Eden Hazard is NOT in the squad for today's game. 

    Yesterday, Hiddink confirmed claims from Hazard's father, Thierry, that the Chelsea forward has been playing recently despite being injured - which explains his substitution in the loss to PSG on Wednesday. 

    The Blues boss confirmed the 25-year-old has been struggling with a hip injury, but would be "
    OK and available" for today's trip to face Everton. However, he isn't in the starting XI and also not on the bench, which either means he's injured or has been left out for another reason. 
    3/12/2016 4:35:36 PM
    Hiddink on Hazard:

    "He's desperate to participate in the team performance."

    3/12/2016 4:36:00 PM
    What his absence from the team means, then, is that Pedro takes up the spot on the left flank while Willian plays on the right, Cesc Fabregas starts just behind Diego Costa while Hiddink has gone on the defensive by having both John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic in front of the defence.

    John Terry is on the bench following his recovery from injury while Kenedy takes the left-back spot.
    3/12/2016 4:37:43 PM
    That explains his omission from the side today...

    3/12/2016 4:40:23 PM

    While Hazard's absence won't be felt too much - certainly if we go on his performances in recent weeks - one really positive piece of news for Chelsea is that Costa starts today.

    The striker suffered a minor tendon injury last week, which kept him sidelined against Stoke, before he played 60 minutes against PSG but was forced off with injury.

    He's managed to recover in time and, knowing Costa, he will certainly have done everything he could to make this game considering it is Chelsea's last chance to secure European football for next season.
    3/12/2016 4:46:17 PM
    Chelsea's elimination from the Champions League on Wednesday means the only real way they can play in a European competition next season will be if they win the FA Cup this term. 

    They could, also, play in the Europa League if they finish in fifth or sixth place but the Blues currently sit nine points off those spots - and will need their competitors to drop points while they win most of their games from now until the end of the season to achieve that. A tough ask, most certainly...
    3/12/2016 4:50:12 PM
    Meanwhile, here's the team news from the Everton camp:

    3/12/2016 4:50:47 PM
    Everton subs: Howard, Stones, Niasse, Besic, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone. #CFC

    No Pato, No Party 

    Another thing we should point out is that Alexandre Pato - who still hasn't made an appearance for Chelsea since signing on loan this winter - is NOT in the squad today. That rules out us seeing him show off his skills today, then.

    It's more likely he'll get game time from next week onwards in the league as today's match against Everton is just too important to risk playing a new striker in place of Costa, who has 11 goals in his last 15 games.

    3/12/2016 4:55:54 PM
    The Everton boys looking pretty sharp as they arrived at Goodison Park earlier!

    3/12/2016 4:58:05 PM
    3/12/2016 5:04:05 PM
    Get your match predictions into us below!
    3/12/2016 5:04:16 PM

    .@thibautcourtois readying himself for today's game...

    Posing the question some fans will undoubtedly be asking themselves...

    3/12/2016 5:06:27 PM

    Branislav Ivanovic leading Chelsea out to warm up a few moments ago...

    Let's focus our attentions on the history between these two sides in the FA Cup now...
    3/12/2016 5:15:14 PM

    Chelsea and Everton have played each other nine times previously in this competition - with today's game being the 10th meeting between the pair.

    The Londoners have the upper hand in those ties - winning on six occasions while Everton have
    triumphed three times.

    However, and perhaps crucially, Chelsea have NEVER won an FA Cup
    tie at Goodison Park - making today's match all the more interesting especially
    considering the visitors' current woes.

    3/12/2016 5:17:42 PM
    Now while all that may be true, Chelsea fans will still fondly remember their 2009 FA Cup triumph over the Toffees, in which Chelsea beat Everton in the final to hand Hiddink a trophy before he left the club.

    Louis Saha scored for Everton in that game after just 25 seconds before Drogba equalised and Lampard sealed the win. 

    Chelsea will be hoping to recreate such heroics today although Everton will be confident after drawing 3-3 with the Blues at the Bridge in December and thumping the club 3-1 at home in the league earlier this season.

    3/12/2016 5:20:33 PM
    Not long to go now! Remember to get your match predictions into us by voting in the poll below!
    3/12/2016 5:22:57 PM
    The teams are out on the pitch! 
    3/12/2016 5:29:29 PM
    The travelling Chelsea fans are singing Costa's name - they'll be hoping he can score another goal here today.
    3/12/2016 5:30:32 PM
    #EFCvCFC LIVE: We have kick off at Goodison Park! Follow all the action as it happens right here: bit.ly/EFC-v-CFC #FACup

    So with 20 minutes gone, both sides are resulting to hard challenges to try and win the ball in the middle of the park. Costa, in particular, has gotten the worse of those challenges. 

    The striker is appealing for a penalty after going down in the area following contact with Jagielka. There didn't look to be much in that, though.
    3/12/2016 5:52:48 PM

    Pato isn't in the squad today, but is in the stands. We wonder what he makes of this game so far...
    3/12/2016 5:53:47 PM
    23 MINS: Kenedy has once again fouled Lennon, tripping the Everton winger up as he surged forwards. Again, Michael Oliver talks to the Brazilian but isn't giving a yellow card. One more foul like that and surely he has to go into the book?
    3/12/2016 5:56:33 PM
    26 MINS: Everton get a free kick after Ivanovic awkwardly clears the ball out. Baines takes it but Matic heads clear.
    3/12/2016 5:57:53 PM
    29 MINS: The Chelsea fans are now booing as Kenedy goes down after seemingly being blocked off by Jagielka. Nothing is given by Oliver, though, as the referee remains pretty hesitant to pull out the cards.
    3/12/2016 6:01:13 PM
    32 MINS: Baines takes a little knock after clattering with Azpilicueta as the pair went to head the ball at the same time. He's OK and back up now.
    3/12/2016 6:04:35 PM
    34 MINS: Fabregas sends a lovely through-ball into the path of Pedro, but his touch lets him down and the ball goes out of play - although Robles was on hand to deal with the danger if he needed to.
    3/12/2016 6:06:10 PM
    Cahill and Ivanovic have done well, it has to be said, to contain Lukaku so far. There was one half chance for the striker earlier but not much else since.
    3/12/2016 6:09:28 PM
    Chelsea, as the below says, are passing the ball around and building up some nice attacks but they are finding it hard to breach the Everton defence.

    3/12/2016 6:10:44 PM
    Lge game at Bridge was poor between these 2 in 1st half in Jan.and we all know what happened after the break. Here's hoping for a repeat
    42 MINS: Jagielka goes into the book after a wild foul on Fabregas seconds before Costa was brought down too. Chelsea get a free kick in a dangerous position outside the box. This is Willian's territory...
    3/12/2016 6:14:06 PM
    43 MINS: Willian takes the set piece and forces Robles into a stretching save. The ball was going just out but that was a fine stop.
    3/12/2016 6:15:20 PM
    Courtois required to save Cleverley's first-time shot at full stretch. #CFCLive
    #EFCvCFC Half-time: Everton 0 Chelsea 0. No goals but a lot of tackles in the first half at Goodison Park! bit.ly/EFC-v-CFC #FACup

    We'll be back in 15 minutes for the second half where we are predicting goals - if the 3-3 draw in January is an indicator!
    3/12/2016 6:19:22 PM
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