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Premier League LIVE - Everton vs Chelsea followed by Saturday's 3pm kick-offs and Manchester United vs Liverpool


  • Welcome to The Independent's live overage of the Premier League as domestic football returns, not a moment too soon, at Goodison Park as Everton host Chelsea in the early kick-off. 

    Jose Mourinho's men have endured a torrid start to the new campaign, picking up just four points from a possible 12, but they will see today's match as the perfect opportunity to get their stuttering title defence back on track.

    The Toffees, meanwhile, have just one solitary point more than their visitors but are riding a decidedly larger wave of optimism under a seemingly reborn Roberto Martinez.

    John Stones is expected to start after his dreams of a £35m switch to Stamford Bridge were scuppered. We'll be getting team news in less than ten minutes.


    9/12/2015 10:39:24 AM
  • TEAM NEWS: JOHN STONES STARTS



    Visitors Chelsea are without Thibaut Courtois, who is expected to be out for 10 weeks due to a knee injury sustained in training - yet John Terry does return from suspension to start at Goodison Park. 

    John Stones, long targeted by Jose Mourinho, also starts as Everton look to climb into the top four; a feat which will be achieved if they emerge victorious this afternoon. 

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka (c), Stones, Galloway, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku. SUBS: Robles, Mirallas, Lennon, Naismith, Deulofeu, Osman, Funes Mori.

    Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Pedro, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa. SUBS: Blackman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Willian, Falcao, Remy.


    9/12/2015 10:49:32 AM
  • There is just under half-an-hour to go until kick-off at Goodison Park as Chelsea visit Merseyside looking to kick-start their Premier League campaign.

    Elsewhere in the top flight this afternoon, Arsenal host Stoke at the Emirates Stadium looking for their first win - and goal - at their home ground this season.

    Meanwhile, Crystal Palace, many pundits' pick to break into the top eight, welcome league leaders Manchester City to the capital after raiding Stamford Bridge before the international break.

    Newly-promoted duo Norwich City and Bournemouth lock horns at Carrow Road while Watford host high-flying Swansea City.

    Before the big derby between Manchester United and Liverpool, which sees Louis van Gaal try and repair his reputation after a turbulent few weeks, Southampton also travel to West Brom hoping to improve on their unremarkable start.

    Today's fixtures in full:

    Everton v Chelsea (12:45 BST) 

    Arsenal v Stoke 

    Crystal Palace v Man City 

    Norwich v Bournemouth 

    Watford v Swansea 

    West Brom v Southampton

    Man Utd v Liverpool (17:30 BST) 

    9/12/2015 11:20:21 AM

  • Dramatic stuff from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who seemingly objects to questions from
    BT Sport about his pursuit of Everton defender John Stones. Keep your eyes peeled for more, this could be fun.

    9/12/2015 11:28:54 AM

  • Chelsea are talented. We know what they will have to offer but we're ready for the challenge. - Tim Howard


    I'm sure we are strong enough to come back to the level from last season and we have to start today. - Nemanja Matic

    9/12/2015 11:34:57 AM
  • As the two sets of players emerge from the tunnel, here is a handy reminder of the team news from Goodison Park. Jose Mourinho watched the entirety of Chelsea's warm up, with Money Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles playing in the background, as John Stones continues life in the blue shirt of Everton.

    Everton:
     
    Howard, Coleman, Jagielka (c), Stones, Galloway, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku. SUBS: Robles, Mirallas, Lennon, Naismith, Deulofeu, Osman, Funes Mori.

    Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Pedro, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa. SUBS: Blackman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Willian, Falcao, Remy.
    9/12/2015 11:44:09 AM
  • 0 mins - Everton 0 Chelsea 0: The hosts get the action under way as Chelsea look to repair their worst start to a domestic campaign in twenty years. A huge roar greeted the name of John Stones pre-match and he receives a ripple of applause upon his first touch. 

    9/12/2015 11:46:39 AM
  • 3 mins - Everton 0 Chelsea 0: Muhamed Besic presents the first real threat to Chelsea's clean sheet, down the left flank, as Kurt Zouma is forced into action by knocking the ball behind for a corner kick. Ross Barkley's set-piece ultimately comes to nothing and Asmir Begovic gets his first hand on the ball.
    9/12/2015 11:50:23 AM
  • 7 mins - Everton 0 Chelsea 0: Everton are forced to haul Muhamed Besic off after the Bosnia and Herzegovina international suffers a suspected hamstring injury early on. Steven Naismith is now on his absence and Roberto Martinez may need to shuffle his pack.


    9/12/2015 11:54:38 AM
  • 12 mins - Everton 0 Chelsea 0: Jose Mourinho's men seem determined to prevent the Toffees from mounting any of their characteristic attacks from deep, but the hosts are counteracting the Portuguese manager's plan admirably. Ross Barkley is operating as more of a battering ram than a playmaker at present. Many assumed this could become a tactical affair and so it is proving to be the case.

    9/12/2015 12:00:06 PM
  • 15 mins - Everton 0 Chelsea 0: Diego Costa breaks into a pocket of space behind the Everton backline but Phil Jagielka recovers to scoop the ball from under the Spaniard's feet and the danger is averted.  
    9/12/2015 12:01:42 PM
  • GOOAALL!! Everton 1 Chelsea 0 - Steven Naismith.

    17 mins: The disastrous start to the Premier League champions' season continues as Steven Naismith combines wonderfully with Brendan Galloway on the left wing to head past Asmir Begovic and put Everton ahead. The Scotland international was on the end of a perfectly timed cross to bullet the Toffees into an early lead. 

    9/12/2015 12:02:04 PM
  • 18 mins - Everton 1 Chelsea 0: It could have got even worse for the Blues as Arouna Kone applied a glancing header onto Seamus Coleman's searching cross but Asmir Begovic was well placed to knock it wide. Everton are looking hungry to double their lead, can Chelsea weather the storm?
    9/12/2015 12:05:48 PM
  • GOOAALL!! Everton 2 Chelsea 0 - Steven Naismith.

    21 mins: Branislav Ivanovic stands off opening goalscorer Steven Naismith and the Scot duly accepts his offer to fire Everton into a two-goal lead! The champions have carried no threat of their own while Everton's early substitute continues to rip them apart. Big, big problems for Jose Mourinho.

    9/12/2015 12:07:00 PM
  • 25 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 0: Cesar Azpilicueta gallops through the Everton defence but John Stones is on hand to get the slightest of deflections on his low drive to force the ball wide for a corner. Chelsea, piling men forward, can't make anything of the subsequent set piece. 
    9/12/2015 12:12:58 PM
  • 30 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 0: The hosts are being allowed to slow the pace down as Chelsea struggle to establish any manner of authority over this clash. John Obi Mikel and Namanja Matic, picked to protect the back four, have been found wanting all too often and were partially to blame for both goals. Think of a house of cards, made of tracing paper.


    The likes of Pedro and Eden Hazard, meanwhile, can't find a way through.
    9/12/2015 12:18:03 PM
  • GOOAALL!! Everton 2 Chelsea 1 - Namanja Matic.

    35 mins: What a hit! Chuck all the clichés you have at the one as Nemanja Matic hauls Chelsea right back into this match. Everton were breezing to victory, in truth, but the Serb has just given his side a lifeline. Picking up the ball on the outskirts of Tim Howard's area, the 27-year-old rocketed it into the top corner. Game on.

    9/12/2015 12:20:46 PM
  • 38 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: John Terry leaps like a coiled spring (more clichés, we know) to apply a nodded finish onto Pedro's looping cross but the former England skipper's effort goes over. Cue Everton fans making their views on Terry's private life known.
    9/12/2015 12:24:58 PM

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  • 42 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho, pacing the sidelines like a man on heat, can be reassured by the way Chelsea have responded to Everton's second goal. A riveting first half at Goodison Park is nearing its conclusion and the visitors finally have a stranglehold of proceedings. You have to fancy them to grab an equaliser in the second period. 
    9/12/2015 12:30:35 PM
  • 2 MINUTES ADDED TIME.
    9/12/2015 12:30:52 PM

  • HT: Everton 2 Chelsea 1

    Jose Mourinho marches down the tunnel at half-time with an important 15 minutes ahead. Without giving in to a bout of hyperbole, it could even be among the most important half-time team talks he is ever likely to give at Chelsea.

    In truth, the visitors have been poor despite a late renaissance at Goodison Park in the first period. Steven Naismith, who replaced Muhamed Besic early on, put the Toffees into a quick-fire two-goal lead before Nemanja Matic's arrowed strike to make things interesting. Still everything to play for, but the headache continues for Mourinho. 

    9/12/2015 12:35:00 PM

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  • 45 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: The visitors get the ball rolling on the second half in desperate need of an equaliser after a raucous opening 45 minutes at Goodison Park.  

    9/12/2015 12:50:11 PM
  • 48 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: Asmir Begovic is forced to sprint off his line to beat Steven Naismith, chasing a hat-trick, to a loose ball. Chelsea still look criminally open at the back, with John Obi Mikel to blame on this occasion, and Everton will know they can capitalise if they chose their moments carefully. 
    9/12/2015 12:53:22 PM
  • 53 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho is preparing to introduce 19-year-old Brazilian forward Kenedy in the place of John Obi Mikel. That move, you imagine, represents a shift towards a more attacking style of play - and not a moment too soon. 
    9/12/2015 12:58:44 PM
  • 57 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: Romelu Lukaku bursts into the Everton area and unleashes a fierce drive to sting Asmir Begovic's hands. The Blues 'keeper keeps it out, however, before John Terry appears to pass it back into his gloves. The home faithful are furious, believing they should have been awarded a free-kick in the box, but referee Andre Mariner disagrees. 

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  • 64 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho will be far happier with the efforts of his side in the last ten minutes but the visitors still haven't exactly peppered Everton's goal just yet. The hosts remain largely comfortable, despite the anguished faces in the Goodison Park crowd. 
    9/12/2015 1:09:58 PM
  • 67 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: Romelu Lukaku picks the ball up after excellent work by Steven Naismith. The Belgian international fires a low, skimmed effort at Asmir Begovic but the former Stoke City goalkeeper parries it wide. 
    9/12/2015 1:11:37 PM
  • 70 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: More attacking intent from the Blues bench as Pedro is replaced by Radamel Falcao, playing alongside Diego Costa in a two-man strike force. The latter of the pair is soon causing Everton problems, turning inside of John Stones, but the Toffees eventually clear. Aaron Lennon comes on moments later for the hosts.

    9/12/2015 1:13:29 PM

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  • 75 mins - Everton 2 Chelsea 1: There's a slight stoppage in play as Seamus Coleman receives medical attention. John Stones, meanwhile, is enjoying the enthused praise of Glenn Hoddle on BT Sport who says 'it's a joy to watch an English defender play with his confidence'. However large the urge is to do so, it's hard to disagree with Glenn on that one.
    9/12/2015 1:20:30 PM
  • GOOAALL!! Everton 3 Chelsea 1 - Steven Naismith.

    82 mins: One touch football between Aaron Lennon and James McCarthy reaps enormous rewards for Everton and Steven Naismith applies a neat finish to a tremendous move to see off Chelsea. The Scot showed no sign of nerves to slide his effort under Asmir Begovic to seal his hat-trick. 'Sacked in the morning,' sing the Toffees fans.

    9/12/2015 1:25:20 PM
  • FOUR MINUTES ADDED TIME.
    9/12/2015 1:34:55 PM

  • FT: Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    The temptation is to focus on Chelsea's capitulation but let's take that spotlight and shine it on Everton. Another fine display from the Toffees sees them climb to third in the Premier League as Steven Naismith scored a scintillating hat-trick to condemn the Blues to another defeat.

    Nemanja Matic gave Jose Mourinho's struggling side a glimmer of hope before the break, but Roberto Martinez's troops were just too good. Reaction to come.  

    9/12/2015 1:38:25 PM

  • 9/12/2015 1:58:53 PM

  • KICK-OFF! We're under way in the 3pm matches. Arsenal host Stoke at the Emirates Stadium looking for their first win - and goal - at their home ground this season.

    Meanwhile, Crystal Palace, many pundits' pick to break into the top eight, welcome league leaders Manchester City to the capital after raiding Stamford Bridge before the international break.

    Newly-promoted duo Norwich City and Bournemouth lock horns at Carrow Road while Watford host high-flying Swansea City.

    Before the big derby between Manchester United and Liverpool, which sees Louis van Gaal try and repair his reputation after a turbulent few weeks, Southampton also travel to West Brom hoping to improve on their unremarkable start.

    Today's fixtures in full:

    Everton 3 Chelsea 1 (12:45 BST) 

    Arsenal v Stoke 

    Crystal Palace v Man City 

    Norwich v Bournemouth 

    Watford v Swansea 

    West Brom v Southampton

    Man Utd v Liverpool (17:30 BST) 

    9/12/2015 2:01:40 PM
  • 3 mins - Arsenal 0 Stoke 0: It's been a dramatic start at the Emirates as Jack Butland magnificently tips Theo Wacott's header onto the woodwork - from just five yards. Fast start from the Gunners. Stoke living dangerously.

    9/12/2015 2:06:18 PM
  • 6 mins - Crystal Palace 0 Man City: Yannick Bolasie races down the right flank, after heaps of pressure from the Premier League leaders, but Joe Hart is up to the challenge and saves at his near post. 
    9/12/2015 2:07:41 PM
  • 8 mins - Arsenal 0 Stoke 0: Mark Hughes' men are under the cosh as Arsenal drive forward at every opportunity. Aaron Ramsey, fresh from Wales action, is a menace while Alexis Sanchez has hit the post. The Chile international - and his teammates - will be scratching his head why the Gunners aren't yet ahead. 

    9/12/2015 2:10:10 PM
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