Chelsea vs. Everton: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2013

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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While Chelsea has essentially wrapped up a Champions League spot, the Blues will still be playing to cement a third-place finish that will ensure they qualify for the group stage when they meet Everton on Sunday. 

The scenario is as follows: Chelsea will automatically clinch third with a win. With a 0-0 tie and an Arsenal 2-1 win, Chelsea would face Arsenal in a playoff for third place since the teams would be tied on points, goal differential and goals. With a loss, Chelsea would finish in fourth place even if Tottenham wins, since the Blues will hold the tiebreaker on goal differential.

Got all that? 

Meanwhile, Everton will be looking to see off manager David Moyes and captain Phil Neville, the former joining Manchester United next season and the latter leaving the club since his contract is up after this year. While the club has nothing to play for beyond that, Everton won't go down without a fight.

Let's preview this key Premier League clash.


When: Sunday, May 19 at 11 a.m. ET

Where: Stamford Bridge, London, England

Watch: FOX Soccer Plus

Streaming: FOX Soccer 2Go



What They're Saying

After eight years with Everton, Neville's career with the club will end on Sunday. He reflected on his time with the team and his relationship with the fans ahead of the match, according to David Maddock of the Mirror:

Neville, injured and not available for a final appearance in Sunday's trip to Chelsea, added: "I thought I would be at Everton for one or two years, to be honest.

"I thought that, when you leave Manchester United, you drift away on a downward spiral.

"But I left at an age when I still had a lot left to give.

"It took time to develop a relationship with the Everton public and I understand why. But it's fair to say they accepted me as one of their own and I like to think there's respect between us and they appreciate what I have given to the club.

"It's been eight wonderful years."



Chelsea Player to Watch: Juan Mata

Alongside of Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie, Mata has been one of the Premier League's best players this season and Chelsea's talisman throughout. With 20 goals and 28 assists in all competitions this year, he's had a pretty epic campaign. 

Mata is the rare midfielder who regularly scores from distance, can take on defenders one-on-one and can act as the hub on the attack, facilitating for his teammates. He seems to know exactly when to take his shot and when to lay it off for someone else.

Chelsea is a deep, talented squad, but Mata always manages to stand out. Keep an eye on the resourceful Spaniard. 



Everton Players to Watch: Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines

We all know how emotional this game will be for Everton, with Moyes and Neville leaving after the season. But could it also be the last game we see Fellaini and Baines play for the club as well, as both are sure to be high-profile targets in the transfer window this summer. 

In fact, Everton's two top players could very well follow Moyes to Manchester United, where each would be met with open arms. Fellaini's abilities as a box-to-box midfielder and aerial threat are exactly what the Red Devils need, while Baines would be the perfect addition at left back. 

And yes, both will be key components against a dangerous Chelsea side. While Everton has nothing to play for, the team will still want to prove it belonged alongside of the Premier League's elite this season. If Everton is to upset Chelsea, Fellaini and Baines will be the leading forces.




Chelsea really doesn't need this win but it would guarantee a third-place finish. Everton literally has nothing to play for except to see Moyes off in style, but I don't see the team rolling over. 

In the end, I expect this to be a pretty entertaining game, with both sides going for the win. But each team is also plenty disciplined on the defensive end, and I believe the game will end in a 1-1 draw.


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