Everton vs Chelsea live - Live coverage - The Independent

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
  • The Blues are here at Goodison Park and will be warming up shortly... #CFC http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdXKnIVWwAE74-V.jpg

  • 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
  • Finally arrived at Goodison - the venue for Chelsea's last chance saloon http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdXJ636WwAUMyE3.jpg

  • The Everton boys looking pretty sharp as they arrived at Goodison Park earlier!

    3/12/2016 4:58:05 PM
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    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

  • 1 MIN: Cleverley registers the first shot on target of the game after forcing Courtois into a save, albeit a comfortable one.
    3/12/2016 5:33:10 PM
  • All eyes are certainly on Lukaku, who Chelsea allowed to leave for Everton a few years ago. Considering how well he has done this season, it probably is a transfer the club regret.
    3/12/2016 5:33:50 PM
  • 3 MINS: Kenedy combines nicely with Pedro to shoot high despite being in space. 
    3/12/2016 5:34:30 PM
  • 5 MINS: Chelsea are linking up nicely and playing the passing game but so far, they haven't had any joy getting past this Everton defence. One would guess the Blues will try and use their pace to carry out some quick counter attacking play today as opposed to dominating possession - and so far, it's proving the case.
    3/12/2016 5:37:04 PM
  • Plenty of challenges flying in from both sides, as expected for a big cup tie. #CFCLive
  • 8 MINS: The pace of this game has slowed down with Everton dominating the play. 
    3/12/2016 5:39:28 PM
  • 9 MINS: Diego Costa goes down following a challenge from Barry but gets back up after a few complaints. The travelling support will be hoping he doesn't have an injury.
    3/12/2016 5:40:47 PM
  • And just a minute later, Costa seemingly loses his rag and goes clattering into Barry - earning him a yellow card in the process. That was almost certainly a reaction to Barry's foul but to get a booking just 10 minutes in, will be disappointing for Hiddink to see.
    3/12/2016 5:42:32 PM
  • John Terry is warming up on the sidelines - will we see him come on today? We think yes.
    3/12/2016 5:44:14 PM
  • Costa getting some boos here from the home fans as he touches the ball...
    3/12/2016 5:45:30 PM
  • 14 MINS: As the tackles fly in - and there have been at least five so far - Coleman's clearance results in him taking out Pedro, although accidentally, leaving the Chelsea man on the floor and receiving medical treatment. 
    3/12/2016 5:46:38 PM
  • Pedro has been taken off the pitch to receive some more treatment, meanwhile, play resumes.
    3/12/2016 5:48:11 PM
  • Pedro is back on the pitch and looks okay to continue. #CFCLive
  • 18 MINS: Kenedy loses the ball and swiftly tracks back to retrieve it from Coleman - but ends up taking out the Everton defender in the process. The home fans cry out for a yellow card, but the referee has held firm and hasn't shown the Brazilian one but has given a free kick.
    3/12/2016 5:50:22 PM
  • 17 minutes played at Goodison Park and it remains Everton 0-0 Chelsea. #CFCLive http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdXZE8nWIAAYvX8.jpg

  • 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
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