Monday, January 7, 2008

Chelsea vs Everton Carling Cup Semi Final: Preview and Live Score

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Everton vs Chelsea Live Score and Live Updates
After the hard-won 1-0 victory over Championship club Queens Park Rangers in a third round tie of FA Cup, Chelsea is now due to give their focus on the upcoming Carling Cup semi final showdown against Everton. Everton, on the other hand, has just been kicked out from the FA Cup after suffering a humiliating 0-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic in the third round. However, the Toffees have no time to think about the defeat as they travel to Stamford Bridge on 8 January 2008.

Chelsea is the defending champion of Carling Cup and they are very closer to defend their title this season. Chelsea is not in their great form and not all of their players played expectedly. Though they dominated throughout the match, Chelsea won against Queens Park Rangers by an own goal of the opposition goalkeeper. The West London club is not in their dominant form in the premier league as well. Chelsea stands 3rd in the league point table with six points behind the league leader Arsenal.

Everton, in contrast, has been impressive in premier league so far being in the 6th place with 36 points. The club has suffered only three defeats in 21 matches. They are now breathing on fourth placed Manchester City and fifth placed Liverpool, who are still within three points of Everton. So, Everton is now in the race for the fifth place to ensure their UEFA Cup place next season.

Well, following Everton’s shocking defeat in FA Cup, manager David Moyes has been criticized for the team selection and he now seems to be under pressure ahead of the tie with Chelsea on Tuesday. However, David Moyes defended himself saying the team put out was enough to win the match.

BBC reported:

"It wasn't a vastly weakened team at all," he said after the 1-0 loss at Goodison Park. "I felt it was strong.

"I would have expected the team I put out to have been good enough to win."

"They are all disappointed, we all are. These things happen, unfortunately it has happened to us a few times," said Moyes.

"We have a very good squad, we picked a side who have all played at the top level, they have all played in Europe this season.

However, Chelsea manager Avram Grant has said that they are now taking Everton lightly. Rather, he thinks that the semi final match will not be an easy one to play but, he is hopeful they will be in the final.

BBC reported:

Chelsea manager Avram Grant believes his team face a tough task to reach the final.

"Everton are very good this year," he added. "It's not easy to play against them but it's two games so anything can happen and I hope we will be in the final."

If you are asked to find out a point which both Chelsea and Everton are considering significantly ahead of the match then, for sure, you will think that both teams are thinking of winning the match. Well, you are right, but you have missed out another one. Both the premier league sides will miss some of their key African players as the players head off to their countries to take part in the upcoming African Nations Cup.

To begin with, Everton will miss their midfielder Steven Pienaar as he was asked to join Ghana-bound South African squad before the Carling Cup semi final. He is one of the main strength in the midfield of Everton. So, the news of his absence has left Everton to consider their midfield line up ahead of the match against Chelsea.

Reuters reported:

Pienaar had hoped to join up with the South African squad after the cup tie but coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has insisted all player report by Tuesday for the start of the Nations Cup build-up.

However, the good news for Everton is that defender Joseph Yobo and forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni have got the permission from Nigeria to play the cup final against Chelsea. There is good news for Chelsea as well. They will get their Nigerian striker John Obi Mikel for the clash against Everton. So, both teams can be thankful to Nigeria in this regard.

IC Network reported:

EVERTON received a huge cup boost today when Nigeria agreed to delay the departure of Yakubu and Joseph Yobo until after next week's Carling Cup semi-final first leg.

Chelsea have also been given permission for John Obi Mikel to postpone reporting for African Nations Cup duty.

However, Chelsea is going to lose most for the African Nations Cup. Ahead of the crucial semi final match against Everton, they will miss some of their key players like Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Michael Essien, who have played a big role behind every success of Chelsea this season.

Sportinglife reported:

Chelsea are hoping Mikel John Obi will be available to play against Everton in the Carling Cup after the Nigerian Football Association gave Ayegbeni Yakubu and Joseph Yobo permission to remain with the Merseysiders.

The Londoners eased into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and are scheduled to lose Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Michael Essien and Mikel to the African Nations Cup.

It is true that the players leaving are key players for both Chelsea and Everton and depending on the progress of the teams, the clubs will miss them for up to five week. This will definitely create a big gape in both the sides. However, it is also true that they have some talented young players who can not make it to the starting line up regularly. So, those players will try their best to perform regularly and prove their worth. It will inspire them to play their best to ensure a place in the starting line up regularly.

Chelsea vs Everton: Online Live Score and Updates

Many of will not be able to watch the match on your television due to your personal and professional works. So, considering your convenience, I am giving some links of the websites from where you can get the online live score and updates of the match:

Footie Scorez

Live Score


Live Football Scores

I think, there will be an interesting match at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that both teams appear with a less strong side. The players will be motivated to play all out in order to win the match. Now, let us see if Chelsea can get the best out of their home advantage in the first leg semi final match of Carling Cup.

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