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Oscar didn't start a lot of big games last season... And that was without Fabregas. To me Fabregas is pretty much a nailed on started for most games, but he'll play more as a 10 in this one.

That was in a 4-2-3-1 where Jose went with Willian in some big games for his speed in pressing. In a 4-3-3, Cesc is much less dynamic than Rami and Oscar. If we are going to press high, even in a 4-2-3-1, Cesc certainly won't play the 10 role, imo. He just doesn't have the speed and energy of Oscar or Willian.

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This might be a tough one. We have to handle the tempo just right, Everton play a free flowing fast paced game. I would like Luis to get a shot but as others have said this might not be the game to see what he's made of but I also feel if he's that good he can handle it. We'll see what Mourinho does.

I would let Willian get the start at RW. Not only is he perfect for attacking on the counter but he'll make his presence know tracking back on defense.

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Is Willian actually fast? He's looks nippy but does he actually have out and out pace?

I personally think he has plenty of pace, he doesn't always show it on the ball but he does occasionally out run two or three players like last match and against United at home last season. Without the ball I always see him sprinting up and down the pitch.
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As great as Ivanovic has been these first two matches, I think I'd personally go with Azpi and Luis as our fullbacks. Ivanovic struggles against wide players with pace. Azpi is the best 1 on 1 defender in the league so having him on Baines' side would make sense. He's also got the recovery speed that Iva just doesn't have.

On the contrary, this is (imo) absolutely not the match to go in with Azpi and Luis as our fullbacks. Ivanovic's recovery speed won't matter too much because I doubt he'd get as far forward as he has been doing recently, meaning there's less space in behind for him to protect. We'll probably see Coleman target Azpi and Ivan will be crucial in dealing with the crosses coming in from that side. Additionally there's the set-piece threat (in both boxes), which assumes even more importance in away games where we see less of the ball and hence create fewer chances from open play. Tbh I think there's a bigger chance of us going in with Ivan and Luis than Azpi and Luis.

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Tight but I expect us to win again, 2:1.

Last year we had biggest problems with small sides, if we can keep last seasons form against mid and big teams, we will be champions. But thats a big IF as our defence probably wont be as strong as last year.

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I think too many of you are overestimating everton and underestimating chelsea. I think this will be the game where chelsea play well for the full 90, as its gonna be crucial in order to win. This should be the 'break out' game. Sure everton is a decent side but we are better in every position than they are

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Biggest game of the year to date and people want to chop and change the back 4? Thankfully Jose isn't a stupid man... First game for Luis will likely be the Capital One Cup. Integrate him slowly into the team especially because Cesar has been very good.

Everton are a good side, not to be underestimated, but I just think we have a too much quality to attack areas they are weak in.

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"But some people only see the black and white" being the key part of the first sentence in his post...

Exactly! And him claiming we'll win just because we have better players is a 'white' view, so I countered it with a 'black' view (the Sunderland game). So what I'm saying is that football doesn't work that way (either the black or white) and it's the unpredictability that makes the game great.

Personally I think Everton are a side not to underestimate, very strong opponents. I can see them finish top 5 again this year, with Man United below them and one of Spurs or Liverpool. I think it'll be a tight game, I'll probably be clenching my butt a lot but as long as we take the three points I'll be a very happy chap. I suppose a draw wouldn't be too bad but I'd love to see Chelsea take 3 points.

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That's not how football works, at all. Or do you have another explanation for April 14th? Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland. At the bridge.

:rolleyes:

Read the post I was replying to......I was arguing that being the better team doesn't always mean you will win.

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