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Blues and Reds get set for showdown

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Troubling times for Everton


Plenty of blame to go around for Everton's domestic distress

An 88th-minute own goal by Matthew Upson was enough for Everton to come back and earn a point at home.

Everton clearly left Switzerland without the quality evident in Thursday's 4-1 win over Young Boys. Reality needed just four days and 90 minutes of football to set in at Goodison Park. This latest home disappointment, a 2-2 draw against Leicester, summed up the season concisely.

Flashes of European verve are offset by persistent mediocrity on the domestic front. Winless in six matches at Goodison, Everton's three home wins all season is simply not good enough, nor is a tally of six wins from 26...

Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku back in form as Everton topple Young Boys

Roberto Martinez's Everton responded magnificently to falling behind against Young Boys by scoring four unanswered goals.

Often inhibited by their own dwindling confidence and a constant injury list, this season has given way to an Everton squad unrecognisable from the one so close to Champions League qualification in the last campaign.

Therefore, it was not before time when flickers of last season broke through during this emphatic 4-1 victory over BSC Young Boys.

Everton continue to clear Europa League obstacles in a manner far removed from their Premier League inconsistencies, saving their most complete attacking...

Everton should prioritise success in the Europa League

Everton manager Roberto Martinez spoke in Berne ahead of his side's first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie against Young Boys, where he indicated his concern with the pitch conditions.

Five years ago, Everton's European hopes were ended by Sporting Lisbon in the Round of 32 in the 2009-10 Europa League. Everton hope to move past the opening knockout stages this time when they face off against Swiss side BSC Young Boys on Thursday, knowing that success in the tournament could extend their continental return beyond a solitary season. 

Assuming that the 12th-placed team avoids an unwanted scrap near the foot of the table, the Blues should throw their eggs in the Europa League...

Everton's missed opportunities are costly in loss to Chelsea

Jose Mourinho threatened to walk out of his post-match press conference after being asked about Branislav Ivanovic's altercation with James McCarthy.

You make your own luck, so they say, but no one told that to Everton. Just as Roberto Martinez's men prepared to depart Stamford Bridge with a well-earned point, an unfortunate series of events handed Chelsea a 1-0 win Wednesday.

It started with midfielder Gareth Barry's dismissal for a second yellow card. Few could argue against the yellow card; it was a needless trip, though the awarding of the card seemed to owe more to the coercion of Chelsea's players than the wisdom of referee Jonathan Moss.


 By Michael Cox

Willian scores crucial late goal as Chelsea beat 10-man Everton

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Willian (89') Chelsea 1-0 Everton

LONDON -- Willian's 89th-minute goal could prove crucial in the title race, as it gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over 10-man Everton at Stamford Bridge. Here are three quick points from Wednesday's Premier League clash:

1. Chelsea leave it late

It's difficult to understand why Chelsea took so long to win this game. They had plenty of possession, took a number of good scoring chances and were rarely under sustained spells of pressure. The absences of Diego Costa (injured) and Cesc Fabregas (a late...

Tim Howard's presumed return vs. Chelsea shortchanges Joel Robles

Everton manager Roberto Martinez spoke to the media ahead of his side's Premier League fixture against Chelsea.

What better way to test supposed recent improvements than a midweek trip to Chelsea and Stamford Bridge, a ground where Everton are winless in their last 23 visits in all competitions. This miserable sequence is the club's longest current winless away run against any opponent and dates back to November 1994 and a solitary Paul Rideout goal.

One player capable of ending this run is Romelu Lukaku, a young forward perhaps with something of a point to make against the club and the manager who sold him...