While Everton had an excellent season a year ago, finishing sixth on the table, the team had little luck against Chelsea, twice losing to the London side, 2-1.
Early in this Premier League campaign, the Toffees will have a chance to exact their revenge.
Both of these clubs were busy on the transfer market and will come into this game with a new look and several new faces itching to make an immediate impact. Add in the fact that both of these teams were already stout to begin with, and you have all the makings of a classic league clash.
When: Saturday, September 14 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
Odds: Everton (40.2 percent), Chelsea (34.1 percent) and draw (25.7 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports.
Perhaps no team had a better transfer window than Everton, though the Toffees left much of their business to the last minute. The club added Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry and Gerrard Deulofleu on loan, snagged James McCarthy, Joel Robles and Arouna Kone on transfers and managed to hold on to Leighton Baines.
Yes, the loss of Marouane Fellaini will hurt, though the additions of Barry and McCarthy in the midfield will soften that blow. This is a very good Everton team that finally addressed their biggest need at striker with Lukaku (though he can't play in this game), and at home will pose a major threat for Chelsea.
Speaking of Chelsea, might this be the first glance we get of new man Willian? It's possible he'll be eased into his tenure with the Blues, but the club's supporters would surely like to see the newest member of an already crowded midfield.
There are plenty of other questions for the Blues. Who exactly will get the nod in the aforementioned midfield? Will Juan Mata crack Jose Mourinho's starting lineup? Will we see Samuel Eto'o get the nod at striker?
And most importantly, can Chelsea steal points in this tough away fixture?
Chelsea is the more talented squad, but they are also a team still forging their identity under Mourinho. While the same could be said for Everton under new manager Roberto Martinez, the Toffees have the luxury of playing this game in front of their own supporters.
Then again, that didn't stop Chelsea from stealing three points at Goodison Park a year ago.
Chelsea has also started the season stronger, taking seven points from three games, as opposed to Everton opening the year with three draws. And the Toffees will make it four, as they won't beat Chelsea but will keep the Blues in check.
This one will end in a draw, 1-1.
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