Chelsea line up v Everton: awesome attack even without Costa

first_img 1 Chelsea have a tricky trip to Merseyside to face top four hopefuls Everton in Saturday’s late kick off, live on talkSPORT.Both sides are unbeaten in the league after two games, but the Blues have a poor away record against the Toffees, having lost four in their last five meetings.Jose Mourinho, speaking before the match, revealed goalscorer Diego Costa was unlikely to feature in their last match before the international break.The in-form Spaniard suffered a minor hamstring injury in training and is Chelsea’s only doubt, while ex Blues strikers Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o are in line to start for the hosts.Here is how Chelsea could line up:GoalkeeperThibaut Courtois should start his third match in a row after keeping a clean sheet in the 2-0 Leicester win. Petr Cech can then target the Champions’ League group game against Schalke after the break to make his first appearance of the season.DefenceExpect the back four to stay the same as Chelsea look to improve their record against Everton. Leicester had chances to score last weekend so skipper John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta will definitely have to up their game. They all trained with Eto’o last season and should have some ideas about how to stop him scoring if he starts. With Lukaku it’s a case of keeping strong and tracking his movement.MidfieldThis will be the strongest test Mourinho’s midfield has faced so far and he will hope they stay compact but creative. Cesc Fabregas will be the brains behind Nemanja Matic’s brawn breaking up Everton’s attacks and starting Chelsea’s. Eden Hazard scored his first goal of the season last weekend and the Blues’ top scorer last season will want to increase his tally. World Cup winner André Schürrle is playing well and should start with Oscar, who is improving every game.AttackDidier Drogba should get his first Premier League start since 2012 with Costa on the bench at best and Fernando Torres reportedly on his way out. The Ivorian has recovered from a pre-season ankle injury and will be looking to add to the 157 goals he scored during his first spell. Costa has started his Chelsea career prolifically, with goals in both games so far, so Drogba must score to challenge his position. 1 Didier Drogba What would your Chelsea line up be? Share your thoughts with a comment below…last_img

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