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    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


    This has been an interesting duel so far. While Kenedy has impressed going forwards, he has struggled to deal with the pace of Lennon - resulting in most of Everton's best chances coming down the left flank. 
    3/12/2016 6:30:33 PM
    Surreal half-time entertainment. Penalty shoot-out between fans that lasted as long as it took a horse to walk around Goodison Park's pitch.
    And he means that literally. A horse was paraded around the pitch at half time...
    3/12/2016 6:32:38 PM
    STAT:

    None of Chelsea's last 74 FA Cup games have ended goalless, according to BBC Sport. We expect goals in this second half then!
    3/12/2016 6:34:28 PM
    #EFCvCFC LIVE: And we have kick off in this second half! Will Chelsea snatch a goal in the next 45 minutes? bit.ly/EFC-v-CFC #FACup

    No changes by either manager in this second period. 
    3/12/2016 6:34:57 PM
    In case you were wondering the significance of the horse in question...


    3/12/2016 6:36:32 PM
    Meanwhile on the pitch, and both sides have started pretty slowly as the crowd are making very little noise.
    3/12/2016 6:36:55 PM
    49 MINS: Everton look slightly apprehensive going forwards at the moment, passing sideways and then back to Robles instead of pushing forwards. Cahill gives away a free kick for a foul from behind on Lukaku, but it comes to nothing.
    3/12/2016 6:39:02 PM
    50 MINS: The home side get a corner kick, Cleverley takes it and Funes Mori jumps higher than Ivanovic to head the ball just high. Close!
    3/12/2016 6:39:55 PM
    Pedro's ball from the right is palmed away by Robles, but it falls to Cahill who plays the ball back into the area. Fabregas is marked well, though, and can't get contact with it. Meanwhile, Everton break and it sees Cahill make a sliding challenge to deny Lukaku.
    3/12/2016 6:41:21 PM
    53 MINS: That may have been a superb tackle by the Chelsea defender but his next foul gives the home side a free kick. 
    3/12/2016 6:42:56 PM
    Baines sends a free-kick over and the offside flag is raised ending the danger. #CFCLive
    Baines's corner is flicked on at the near post and Willian is in the right place to complete the clearance. #CFCLive
    57 MINS: Fabregas plays in Costa, who gets past Robes and Funes Mori to send the ball just - and we mean just - wide of the far post. Small margins...
    3/12/2016 6:47:48 PM
    Willian fouled wide on the right and his delivery is deep and cleared by Coleman under the close attention of Costa. #CFCLive
    61 MINS: Coleman is down after a clash of heads with Costa as he superbly cleared the ball. Looks like he's OK.
    3/12/2016 6:50:11 PM
    The Chelsea fans are singing 'You'll Never Win the Cup' to the tune of Liverpool's 'You'll Never Walk Alone' anthem at Everton. 
    3/12/2016 6:51:37 PM
    63 MINS: Fabregas is booked for a studs-up challenge on Barry.
    3/12/2016 6:52:35 PM
    65 MINS: Yet another challenge in this game - this time, Baines on Azpilicueta. Everton are pressurising Chelsea now and it's resulted in a corner kick for the home side. The Spaniard looked to be in some pain but is up now.
    3/12/2016 6:54:48 PM
    The corner is dealt with by Ivanovic who clears the ball, but there looks to be a moment of miscommunication between him and Courtois, who also came out to clear the danger. 
    3/12/2016 6:55:29 PM
    Barkley screws a shot wide after Lennon had got behind our back four and Barry took the ball off Baines's feet. #CFCLive
    That will most definitely be questioned after the match...
    3/12/2016 6:57:24 PM
    To be fair, Costa could have been past the referee when he spat. We can't tell from that clip but it's something we will keep a close eye on as the match progresses.
    3/12/2016 7:00:26 PM
    73 MINS: Courtois comes out to deal with the onrushing Lukaku and manages to make it and get the ball clear of the Everton striker. Meanwhile, Hiddink is making his first change as Oscar comes on for Willian.
    3/12/2016 7:01:50 PM
    #EFCvCFC LIVE: GOAL! Everton 1 Chelsea 0, Lukaku. bit.ly/EFC-v-CFC #FACup

    GOAL! What a strike from the fomer Chelsea man! He receives the ball from midfield, makes a fine run to get past Azpilicueta before dancing around Cahill and driving a low shot past Courtois. Everton 1 Chelsea 0! 
    3/12/2016 7:07:43 PM
    GOAL FOR EVERTON!! LUKAKU!! 1-0. #EFCvCHE
    #EFCvCFC LIVE: GOAL! Everton 2 Chelsea 0, Lukaku! bit.ly/EFC-v-CFC #FACup

    And there is the second for Lukaku! He latches onto the ball and slides an effort through the legs of Courtois to surely seal this tie?!
    3/12/2016 7:12:25 PM
    84 MINS: Costa is off for a second yellow card! Things going from bad to worse for the Chelsea man after he barges Barry, who had just fouled him, and - and we need replays for this - appears to bite the Everton man.
    3/12/2016 7:13:58 PM
    Barry is sent off for a second bookable offence. He hacked Fabregas down. #CFCLive
    Terry and Cahill have joined Remy in attack as we go in search of two late goals. #CFCLive
    So two red cards for both sides now, but it doesn't matter as Everton are going through!
    3/12/2016 7:20:54 PM
    So goalscorer and Toffees hero Lukaku goes off for Niasse and, with that, Everton have booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals at the expense of Chelsea!
    3/12/2016 7:25:13 PM
    Lukaku scores again...Chelsea's season is over
    So Chelsea have now been knocked out of the FA Cup and the Champions League in the space of four days. What a miserable week for a club who won two trophies last season. Questions will be asked of where the club goes from here: a new manager is certainly coming in but what to do with this squad? 
    3/12/2016 7:32:11 PM


    Chelsea fans will look to the likes of Pedro, Hazard and Oscar and say their performances haven't been good enough this season while Costa, who has been linked with a move away from the club several times, can let his emotions rule him in the most crucial of moments (as shown above).
    3/12/2016 7:35:25 PM
    The striker could be in a lot of trouble, though, for that apparent 'bite' on Barry. We'll have to see if any action is taken later.
    3/12/2016 7:36:25 PM
    Defensively, too, Chelsea have been poor this season. They've had injuries in that department but haven't recruited adequately enough to have world-class back-ups should one of their first-choice men be sidelined. Terry's return is positive, though, although it doesn't look likely that he'll stay at the club - leaving the team without its most effective leader.
    3/12/2016 7:38:32 PM
    We want to hear your views on how many changes this Chelsea side need this summer. Vote in the poll coming up!
    3/12/2016 7:46:21 PM
    3/12/2016 7:46:35 PM
    Let's not detract from a wonderful performance from Lukaku, though. As the stat below shows, the striker is on his way to becoming a Premier League great if he can keep up his goalscoring feats!


    3/12/2016 7:49:00 PM
    Lukaku on facing Chelsea today:

    "I don't think I have anything to prove to Chelsea, I went there as an 18-year-old and learnt the trade of being a professional footballer. I will always be grateful to them."

    3/12/2016 8:15:41 PM
    We'll have more reaction on our site - with a piece coming soon on Hiddink. Thanks for following our live blog - we hope you enjoyed it and, indeed, the actual match! Good night for now!
    3/12/2016 8:16:38 PM
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